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100 Years of Movies in 100 Days – Day 73 – The Thing (1982)

What many Hollywood actresses look like without make-up. Kidding.

What many Hollywood actresses look like without make-up. Kidding.

I have just sat through what has to be one of the most boring “horror” movies I’ve ever seen! There is not one moment in The Thing that’s scary. A few gross moments, but other than that, it’s pretty tame. Furthermore, I don’t get why Ennio Morricone was nominated for a 1983 Razzie for worst musical score. The musical score is actually pretty good. As far as 80’s “horror” movies go. Now I must add as an addendum to this that I’m operating off of four hours of sleep and Kurt Russell’s character’s malaise in the movie perhaps enhanced my fatigue. That been said, when I read the “Parental Advisory Notes” for this movie, it sounded like one kick-ass good time! Only on paper I suppose.

So what else could I have watched? Well, there’s Blade Runner (and I know I’m gonna catch a ton of crap for saying this) but I freakin’ hate that movie! It annoys me to no end. There’s the ten-to-fifteen years before it should have been made TRON, although the sequel looks amazing. E.T. was a definite option but I just did a Spielberg movie yesterday and I want to keep mixing up directors, actors, etc. Besides, E.T. freaked me out as a kid.

Should've gone with this classic... This pic being one of the reasons...

Should've gone with this classic... This pic being one of the reasons...

Then there’s the movie with one of the greatest topless scenes (NSFW) in the history of cinema, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but Spicoli a.k.a. Sean Penn is so stereotypical. I don’t know any surfers that talk the way he does in that movie. But it’s got Judge Reinhold and the aforementioned Phoebe Cates…..

And then there’s Poltergeist. Now there’s a real horror movie! Damn, I should’ve gone with that one. And rounding out my options was Gandhi but I don’t have the energy or the patience to watch a three hour movie, regardless of how amazing Ben Kingsley is.

Which brings me back to this movie. I’m curious to see what the sequel is like. It would have been fun if T.K. Carter’ character was played by Samuel L. Jackson. Maybe then the re-make might have a chance at suckering me in to watch it. But after what I saw tonight, eh, I’ll pass. And on top of all that, I missed another episode of Bloody Monday 2. Bit torrent, here I come!

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2 thoughts on “100 Years of Movies in 100 Days – Day 73 – The Thing (1982)

  1. John Carpenter’s The Thing and Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner are masterpieces of cinema. You must be too young to understand what makes them stand apart from the current onslaught of CGI crap that is spoon fed to your jittery, sugar coated, hyper spastic, attention deficit disordered generation.

    • Indeed. I was only 1 when this movie came out. And didn’t see it for the first time until 20-25 years later. Hollywood’s special effects department had already done it’s damage on me by then. 🙂

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