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Wednesday, January 16

Real Antarctic Folks Review The Thing

Being a big Thing fan, I couldn't pass this up:

John Carpenter's "The Thing" is the first important film about industrial American life in the Antarctic. It is based on a short story called "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell. (The short story has a fictionalized setting based on Richard Byrd's Antarctic expeditions, which occurred from 1929 onward.) The movie is enjoyed at the stations as a rich Antarctic document, interwoven with classic Antarctic myths and probably accidental accuracies, but it is scarcely recognized off-continent beyond old-school horror fans. (In his otherwise comprehensive book "The Ice", Antarctic academic Stephen Pyne remarks only that the movie is "clumsily filmed".) Made in the '80s, with analog, plaster, and an ocean of fake blood and bile, with decapitated heads that grow spiderlegs, with flamethrowers used safely indoors, the horror movie's lurching technicalities and gruesome thrills have long shielded the picture from the stingy praise of Antarctic stamp-collectors and other tuck-shirted buffs.

To alleviate this stifling gridlock of cinematic injustice, Big Dead Place offers this All-John-Carpenter's-"The Thing"-Review Section. We encourage you to watch the movie and send us your review. The movie was shot in Vancouver B.C. If this timeless Antarctic film does not quibble about location, why should you? There are no geographic prerequisites. Reviews from tropical islands are encouraged, provided they are even barely coherent and somehow treat the film's Antarctic-ness. [MORE]

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posted by Michael Tresca at 10:50 PM


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