Carpenter's 'The Thing' Kicks Off Lenten Film Series Tonight
by Jim Ridley
on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 3:31 PM
If the fanboy term "fawesome" didn't exist before John Carpenter's 1982 remake of The Thing, it would have to have been invented. You got your shape-shifting aliens, your crab-walking heads, your many-tentacled dogs, and the ultimate Carpenter ensemble of square-jawed, all-business he-men led by Kurt Russell and Keith David.
Where would you expect to watch one of the goriest, creepiest splatter movies of all time? At the Downtown Presbyterian Church, of course, where The Thing screens tonight at 7 p.m. The Carpenter classic kicks off the church's terrific annual Lenten Film Series, a loose, surprising group of screenings organized each year around a pertinent theme. The six films in this year's series address the theme of "embodiment," from the 1952 French childhood drama Forbidden Games (March 12) to the 1915 German silent Der Golem (March 19, with U2's Achtung Baby LP as soundtrack).
Films are shown in the fellowship hall at 154 Fifth Ave. N. The series takes place every Thursday night through April 9 at 7 p.m., preceded at 6 p.m. by a free light supper. In the case of tonight's stomach-turning feature, you might want to make that meal extra light.