Friday, November 4, 2005

The Thing to Rent This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2005 at 1:11 PM

Note: I wrote this before I noticed that Jim had already posted some lengthy movie updates. Oh well. I guess movies have taken over the blog today.

A couple nights ago, I saw The Thing, the 1982 sci-fi thriller starring Kurt Russell. I'd never seen it before.

In general, I don't like 1980s special effects, not because they are outdated but because they are disgusting. The Fly? No thanks. Aliens? Good movie, but I never watch it willingly. Even Genesis' "Land of Confusion" video is also kind of freaky. There is an entire genre of 1980s films ֠movies, music videos, whatever ֠that really kind of unnerve me. And this is coming from someone who thought that Kill Bill and Sin City weren't overly violent. It's not the blood, I'm fine with blood. The exaggerated, silly putty facial features and puss-like goo are what get me. This is why Meg Ryan sort of disturbs me now. I adored When Harry Met Sally, but she's looking a little unhinged these days. No offense to her, but I really think she's going to kill my first born child.

So I didn't think I would like The Thing. But I was wrong. The movie is really quite good. The plot was interesting and the film didn't drag on too long. Plus, it has a double-amputation. A character gets his arms bitten right off! Two at once. That's some quality entertainment right there.

While The Thing may not have pioneered the double-hinged jaw movement so popular with horror movie monsters (Jim Ridley reminded me that it appears in Alien, which came out in 1979), but it definitely took the monster genre to a new level. Double-hinged jaws have since appeared in Aliens, Predator, Blade II, the Resident Evil video games...the list goes on. I really like double-hinged jaw monsters. And the mouth-within-a-mouth monsters. They're disgusting, just the way monsters should be. They freak me out every time. Much like Meg Ryan.

So there you go. If you want to watch a movie this weekend but would rather sit at home in pajamas than go to the theatre, see The Thing. There's my video rental suggestion for the week.

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