Film Doubleheaders for Halloween: Plants and Pods, Gore and Guffaws

October 27, 2014 4:49 PM

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Film Doubleheaders for Halloween: Plants and Pods, Gore and Guffaws

The Thing [from Another World] (1951) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), both superior to all subsequent remakes. Both are in stark black and white (younger generations, take a deep breath and deal with it), and are to an extent products of cultural paranoia and fear of the unknown. No gore, just mounting tension and the tone is serious except for a quip here and there. Less is more.

In The Thing, a scientific research base encounters a hostile alien made of vegetable matter who has been frozen in Arctic ice. It is accidentally defrosted and then goes on a killing rampage. The pace is quick and suspenseful and the dialogue razor sharp and witty. The Thing is finally defeated by ...

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