Pretty much tamed, even for its time. A larger portion of horror happens off-screen, so the viewer is informed about it through character's conversations. They are apparently all horrified, but the horror itself remains in their mind, without entering observer's. And by that, it's lovecraftian way of storytelling, only without certain scenes that depict abomination - something that a remake masterfully handled.
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
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.
The men seem to choose to destroy the beast more for the joy and camaraderie of working together than the for a fear of death. Hawks and Nyby reject the moralistic high ground of science on the basis of its overemphasis on individualism and disdain for the homosocial community.
****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?
Decepcionante. Dudo enormemente que Howard Hawks haya tenido más participación que la citada en los créditos de la película. Sólo rescataría la escena de la emboscada con fuego al alienígena. Afortunadamente, Carpenter al hacer su remake, nos entregó una obra maestra del terror y la ciencia-ficción.
This is a pretty fun and entertaining suspense/horror typical of a 50's film. I really liked the dialogue which is often witty and quick, the whole cast is great. Hawks direction is pretty great, he's got a few scenes that are classic moments in film, lighting The Thing on fire is one of them, crazy. The remake is nothing like the original and I think i perfer the ramake to this one. Still a good movie nonetheless.