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Barry J. Gillis (writer)
Andrew Jordan (writer)
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September 1989 (USA) See more »
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Things, A Movie That Defines What Cult Really Is... See more »
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A husband whose fanatical desire but inability to father children drives him to force his wife to undergo a dangerous experiment. This results in hatching a non-human life form in his wife's womb, and the birth of a multitude of THINGS. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Barry J. Gillis ... Don Drake / TV Maniac
Amber Lynn ... Reporter
Bruce Roach ... Fred Horton
Doug Bunston ... Doug Drake
Jan W. Pachul ... Dr. Lucas
Patricia Sadler ... Susan Drake
Gordon Lucas ... Tortured Man
Bruce Hamilton ... In Dream
Daryn Gillis ... Reporter #2
Allison McGinnis ... Reporter #3
Jackie Seaman ... Doctor's Assistant
Jeff Payne ... Hanging Man
Jessica Stewarte ... Nude Lady
Glenn Orr ... Stretcher Boy
Tom Hochman ... Igor
Arthur Wenner ... Joker on TV #1
Cyril Gillis ... Joker on TV #2
Sohail A. Khan ... TV Victim #1
Robert Allen ... TV Victim #2
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Directed by
Andrew Jordan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barry J. Gillis  writer
Andrew Jordan  writer

Produced by
Lorrinda Collins .... executive producer
Barry J. Gillis .... producer
Andrew Jordan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Procher 
 
Cinematography by
Dan Riggs 
 
Film Editing by
Barry J. Gillis 
Andrew Jordan 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barry J. Gillis .... second unit director
 
Special Effects by
Glenn Orr .... special effects
 

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USA:83 min
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Canada:R (Ontario) | USA:Unrated
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A truly mesmerising experience..., 24 March 2013
Author: Corpus_Vile from Dublin, Ireland

The phrase "needs to be seen to be believed" is thrown about all too freely these days but it's the best way to sum up Things. Stanley Kubrick's 2001 has been called "A trip without LSD". I can tell you now that the makers of Things achieved the same result on a budget which I doubt reached triple figures. Gasper Noe has cited Gerald Kargl's Austrian masterpiece Angst (1983) as an inspiration for the camera-work in his searing Irreversible (2002), but I now know he also meant the searching around the house with a torch scene in Things.

Things has a group of people in a house besieged by weird genetic freak ants... or maybe spiders... I think. But I'm not sure because Things left me with many questions...

...Why do we hear the story of a boy who started off "as thin as a toothpick" but ended up "as fat as a fridge"? Why do characters speak banalities for ages? Why does the father look the same age as his daughter? Why is the horribly inept score bizarrely creepy in spite of itself and why is it almost non stop throughout the film? Why is a porn star reading the news and why is there even news being read in this film? Is it a film? Or did someone actually somehow manage to film a bonafide bad dream? Is it all a possible allegory for... hard drug withdrawls? What is up with that guy's bum fluff 'tache? Why do they keep drinking beer? Why is there a tape recorder in a fridge and did they then put their jackets in said fridge or did I actually hallucinate this? Why do the people act drunk, stoned or like actual zombies? Why is the editing so abrupt that it cuts off actual dialogue and why is the sound so inconsistent? And most of all.... why could I not turn away from this hypnotic mesmerising experience that came across as a nightmare and didn't make a lick of sense, despite it making my head hurt and eyeballs ache?

These questions were never answered. But I do know that Things will suck you into its surreal nightmarish vortex... and you may not want to leave.

Things is the type of film that you give either 0/10 or 10/10. And if I could give Things 11/10 then I would but that wouldn't make sense, much like the madness that is Things, so I won't. But I will give it 10/10 because Things actually managed to spellbind me. And not many films can make that claim.

Also, if the makers could contact me and let me know when the side effects of Things wears off I'd be very much obliged as I'm still feeling kinda weird and spaced out an hour after watching it.

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