We invited Slash/Back director Nyla Innuksuk to curate a couple of films which influenced her debut feature. She came back with John Carpenter’s icy horror classic (“love The Thing, the girls and I watched it together the night before we started filming”) and Jonathan Kaplan’s cult teen movie Over the Edge (screening Saturday 25th).
Filmed in Stewart, British Columbia, Carpenter’s film is the second adaptation of John W Campbell’s novella ’Who Goes There?”, previously filmed by Howard Hawks and Christian Newby in 1951 as The Thing From Another World.
Set in American Antarctic research station, the film follows the discovery of a similar Norwegian site, the scene of some recent unexplained horrors that claimed the lives of everyone on the base. Records show that the Norwegians recently came across a UFO buried in the ice…
Legendary for the shocking creature fx created by Rob Bottin, the 1982 The Thing is now widely perceived as a classic in its own right, one of the scariest films ever made.
The Thing is one of [Carpenter’s] greatest moments, creating a terrifying atmosphere of claustrophobia, suspense and paranoia. And Kurt Russell is as good as he’s ever been, wearing one of the best beards in movie history.
Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, T.K. Carter, David Clennon
David Foster, Lawrence Turman
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