Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A-Z: Classic Monsters: T is for The Thing

A-Z Challenge continues on with the letter T.  The only classic monster I could think of what The Thing.  The creature is a "malevolent shape-shifting alien" is who is more of a classic horror monster in the sci-fi realm than anywhere else.

About Who Goes There?

This sci-fi movie classic was based on the novella, Who Goes There? written by John W. Campbell, Jr., written under the pen name Don A. Stuart.  Have you read it?  Some say its should have been turned into a full novel.  What do you think?

About The Thing, 1951

Three films were made from the original tale, but the most notable one was the classic, black and white one released by RKO Pictures back in the 50's. From IMDB, here's the classic movie premise:

Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. 

See the trailer from the 1951 film.  Have you seen this classic film?  What about the other more recent ones?

Did you come up with a better monster than The Thing?  


mshatch said...

I've seen John Carpenter's The Thing as well as the original and I think the former takes the prize. I can't count how many times I've watched it or quotes it for that matter!

Bob R Milne said...

As a kid, it was John Carpenter's version that I clung too, but since then I've come to appreciate the original as well.

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Sophie Duncan said...

The Thing is one of the few monsters to genuinely give me nightmares - I saw the 70's version when I was young and it still makes my skin crawl when thinking about it.
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Timothy Brannan said...

This movie creeped me out when I was a kid.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've never read the story. Watched both movies. Carpenter's was much better.

Anonymous said...

Omg.. Such a creepy movie but watched it every time it came on when I was a kid!

S. L. Hennessy said...

I remember watching The Thing late at night with my mom when I was a little girl. Scared the crap out of me, but it's such a good memory and I'm always reminded when I think of the Thing.

Sonia Lal said...

Never heard of it! When you wrote thing, I was thinking the cartoon super hero.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

John Carpenter's version is the one that scares me silly - it's just so ucky. I also saw the 2011 prequel, but I didn't find it as engaging. Great monster though :).
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djinnia said...

I've watched all the movies. The thing is such a creepy monster.

What I didn't know was it was a story.