****1/2 Definitely an amazing movie--I WANT to give it five-- but I must see it once more as I need to be more sure of the way politics, sex, and Hawks' subtle, touching genre subversions work within the overall narrative trajectory. I love how much Hawks dislikes authority. Touching, soft male camaraderie, deflation of masculinity, Patrick Henry and Nikki Nicholson's relationship. What are emotions? Intellect?
Comparing this version to John Carpenter's is pointless. Hawks (sorry Nyby, you're not fooling anyone) has snappy banter and a cast with great chemistry to keep things from getting too grim. Margaret Sheridan doesn't hurt, either. All this and the scene where the monster gets torched make for a very fun watch.
Makes me realize how talkie this cinema of the 50s was. It became a trademark of all the films from this era, and not all the time in a good way. It's a good film, though. Feels like they tried to compress every scene to make it fit below the 90 minutes limit, but still a funny watch.
Lol love the inside joke,*hands one of the men a gun and says"u kno how 2 use that?..*replies"yea,I've seen Gary Copper in Sergeant York".IMO carpenter's remake is a classic.this has it moments(when they open the door and the thing is on the other side and of course hands down the best scene in it is when it bursts in2 the room and gets set on fire) but it doesn't hold up 2 the degree that the remake does
Tense, compact and absolutely influential. I just wish there was more meat on the bones as the overall tone is very B-picture with no well defined characterizations or plotting. Hawksian elements are there, but only if you're looking for them. I don't buy Hawks directing it at all but it is clear his influence is there.
Un classique de la science-fiction, peut-être. Mais un chef-d'oeuvre, loin s'en faut. Honnêtement des trucages sensationnels, un scénario solide et haletant. Mais quel bavardage ! Une logorrhée intarissable, dans les meilleurs moments de suspense. www.cinefiches.com