The Thing (BFI Modern Classics)

The Thing (BFI Modern Classics)

Anne Billson


An alien entity which could take any dwelling shape invades an remoted medical study station within the Antarctic. John Carpenter's The factor is top identified for the most startling visible effects--surreal, lurid, surprising perversions of the human physique --ever devoted to celluloid. At London's nationwide movie Theatre in 1995, Quentin Tarantino named The factor as considered one of his favourite motion pictures. but whilst it was once published in 1982, it fared badly opposed to one other alien come upon motion picture, E.T., and critics panned it. yet The factor has elderly good, and its effect can now be detected in every thing from Seven to Red Dwarf and The X Files.
In her based and trenchant learn, Anne Billson argues that The Thing hasn't ever been given its due. For Billson, it is a landmark motion picture that brilliantly refines the conventions of vintage horror and technology fiction, combining them with humor, Lewis Carroll good judgment, robust characterizations and prescient perception. the belief of an alien species mutating and inhabiting people resonates all too chillingly with the mad cow sickness challenge and modern new and ever extra robust genetic technology.

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