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Title:   The Thing from Another World
Director:   Christian Nyby
Year:   1951
Genre:   Science Fiction
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.03.06

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Date Viewed Venue Note
11.03.06DVRThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2006
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My favorite thing about this movie, aside from the monster being a big vegetable, is the main scientist dude. I haven't seen a more aggressive characterization of the public take on atomic-age science in any sci-fi of the 50s. This guy is SO pro-science it's just funny. Actually, a great sequel would've been that his little farm of thing-pods hooked up to the blood plasma somehow survives and a whole army of "thing"s rampage. But anyway, it's a really really great moment right at the end when they're about to zap the monster and the lights go out. Thanks, Mr. scientist. Asshole.

That scene, like every other in this movie, plays on fast forward. I think a major reason why this movie still works today is how quick it is. If you think about it while you're watching, nearly every scene has at least four people, all taking part in conversation. The result is barely any time spent without dialogue or action. It speeds right along from beginning to end, a real ride of a film that's still fun today.

So that makes three movies in a row that I've seen before. Time for a change. I know absolutely nothing about this next movie other than that the spelling of the title makes it sound like a sci-fi movie: The Quartermass Xperiment!
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