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The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998)

| Documentary | Video 1998
A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film.

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All Things considered...
24 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Superb look back featuring most of the major players, from the producers (who are rarely to be found in such documentaries) to the "talent" (the actors). THE THING is one of the few genuinely MYSTERIOUS movies that draws you in from the opening moments (the chase across the snow) and manages to hold you riveted until the final fade out- thanks primarily to director John Carpenter. (It's amazing to me that no one's written a detailed biography of Carpenter: surely his insights into low budget movie-making alone would be worthy of study- not to mention his childhood forays into filmmaking and self-publishing and his work on the Academy-Award winning short, THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCHO BILLY.) (Better still: Carpenter's AUTOBIOGRAPHY would be even better...)


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