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seun
06-12-2009, 06:11 PM
Money's short for another couple of weeks but I can treat myself to one of these. So which should I buy?

The Thing

The Stand

ChaosTitan
06-12-2009, 06:11 PM
THE STAND

robeiae
06-12-2009, 06:16 PM
John Carpenter's The Thing?

If so and if you like turning off all the lights and burying yourself into a movie that just can't end well, buy The Thing. No joke.

I have to watch about once a year, when the mood hits.

seun
06-12-2009, 06:19 PM
I'm drawn to The Thing because I haven't seen it in centuries and I can get the Carpenter version with the original for the same price as The Stand. But then The Stand has a bad guy with a mullet...:D

Bmwhtly
06-12-2009, 06:23 PM
I watched The Stand recently for the first time in many years.
I don't why I used to like it so much. The book is at least thirty-thousand times better.

Buy The Thing. But make sure no-one knows that you don't already own it.

jodiodi
06-12-2009, 06:24 PM
The Thing.

The Stand was great for how they used music and some of the pop culture references in the dialogue. But the movie lasted way too long for me and had a cast way too big. I lost interest quickly.

The Thing, however, never lets up on the suspense and even in the hottest of summer, I still feel cold when I watch that movie. I love it.

seun
06-12-2009, 06:35 PM
Buy The Thing. But make sure no-one knows that you don't already own it.

Do you think mentioning it on the internet might give it away? What if all those people who don't use the net for porn found out? That could be twenty or thirty people who'd know.

Bmwhtly
06-12-2009, 07:15 PM
those people who don't use the net for pornIs that what The Thing was?
I knew it was a freak.

SPMiller
06-12-2009, 07:23 PM
How can you possibly not already own Capenter's The Thing? What's wrong with you? One of the best horror movies ever, if not the best. Wow.

maestrowork
06-12-2009, 07:52 PM
John Carpenter's The Thing, most definitely.

Celia Cyanide
06-12-2009, 07:53 PM
The Thing is awesome. I'm a Scream Queen, and I said so. ;)

Diana Hignutt
06-12-2009, 07:55 PM
The Thing.

wow, I don't have a copy <dashes off to buy a copy>

Cyia
06-12-2009, 08:02 PM
Um... what's The Thing?

I have never seen or heard of this movie.

maestrowork
06-12-2009, 08:03 PM
Um... what's The Thing?

I have never seen or heard of this movie.

Oh Lord.

Cyia
06-12-2009, 08:08 PM
Oh Lord.

:(

I was serious.

(off to IMDB)

maestrowork
06-12-2009, 08:10 PM
:(

I was serious.

(off to IMDB)

go out there right NOW and get yourself a copy. Turn off the light and watch it.

Then report back later.

robeiae
06-12-2009, 08:11 PM
:(

I was serious.

(off to IMDB)
It's actually a remake of a sci-fi classic--but far superior to the original. It's about an Antarctic research station, an alien, and dopplegangers.

It's also Kurt Russell's best horror flick, aside from Tango and Cash...

The Lonely One
06-12-2009, 08:13 PM
Another vote for Thing.

williemeikle
06-12-2009, 08:13 PM
Um... what's The Thing?

I have never seen or heard of this movie.

:Jaw:

I didn't think such a person existed...

Cyia
06-12-2009, 08:23 PM
:Jaw:

I didn't think such a person existed...

From the sound of it, we're an endangered species.

seun
06-12-2009, 09:18 PM
Looks like it has to be Kurt Russell with a beard. I shall purchase immediately.

shawkins
06-12-2009, 10:07 PM
When you're done with that, go get Big Trouble in Little China.

SirOtter
06-12-2009, 10:15 PM
It's actually a remake of a sci-fi classic--but far superior to the original. It's about an Antarctic research station, an alien, and dopplegangers.

It's also Kurt Russell's best horror flick, aside from Tango and Cash...

'Far superior' is a subjective judgment fruitless to argue. It is based on the same source as the 1951 Thing From Another World, John W. Campbell's story, 'Who Goes There?', originally published in the August, 1938 issue of Astounding Stories (I used to have a copy of that issue). Carpenter was much more faithful to Campbell's tale than Howard Hawks was, but the '51 is a fun film nonetheless. It sure scared the bejabbers out of me when I first saw it on TV when I was about six.

As for Tango and Cash, horror is not necessarily synomymous with horrible.

robeiae
06-12-2009, 10:18 PM
'Far superior' is a subjective judgment fruitless to argue.Without subjective judgements, there wouldn't be any threads in this forum.
It is based on the same source as the 1951 Thing From Another World, John W. Campbell's story, 'Who Goes There?', originally published in the August, 1938 issue of Astounding Stories (I used to have a copy of that issue). Carpenter was much more faithful to Campbell's tale than Howard Hawks was, but the '51 is a fun film nonetheless. It sure scared the bejabbers out of me when I first saw it on TV when I was about six.Agree. I said the original was a "classic," didn't I?

SPMiller
06-12-2009, 11:05 PM
I'll go ahead and state that the remake had significant influence on the horror film genre. You might think it was a negative influence, but it still made a splash. We've only realized its importance in retrospect.

Cyia
06-12-2009, 11:47 PM
When you're done with that, go get Big Trouble in Little China.

Ha! That one I've seen. :D (The TV-cut anyway).

BigWords
06-13-2009, 12:17 AM
Just don't make the horrible mistake of buying The Thing computer game tie-in.

dclary
06-13-2009, 12:18 AM
The Stand if we're talking books. The Thing if we're talking movies.

Bmwhtly
06-13-2009, 02:52 AM
When you're done with that, go get Big Trouble in Little China.Well, Escape From New York may be more appropriate.


The Stand if we're talking books. The Thing if we're talking movies.*nods approvingly*

wannawrite
06-13-2009, 04:37 AM
The Stand. When in doubt, always buy The Stand.

seun
06-13-2009, 03:42 PM
When you're done with that, go get Big Trouble in Little China.

Had that for years. Great film.

Diana Hignutt
06-14-2009, 02:14 AM
Just ordered my copy...

Smileycat
06-14-2009, 08:50 AM
The Thing

Dommo
06-14-2009, 10:00 AM
Absofuckinglutely "The Thing"

The stand is a great book, but kind of a shitty mini-series.

seun
06-14-2009, 03:27 PM
My copy is on its way from Play. Hurrah.

eyeblink
06-14-2009, 03:57 PM
:Jaw:

I didn't think such a person existed...

Well, I had a shock on this very forum when someone referred to The Outsiders (1983) as an "oldie". The Thing is a year older than The Outsiders.

You and I and others are revealing our ages here, Willie... :)

SPMiller
06-14-2009, 04:23 PM
Wouldn't go that far. I was born in the year The Thing was released in theaters, and I still consider it damn important ;)

BigWords
06-14-2009, 04:32 PM
I've just taken my Thing out.

seun
06-14-2009, 04:35 PM
I've just taken my Thing out.

Yak, yak, yak.

(That was a Sid James impression).

BigWords
06-14-2009, 04:42 PM
I meant the DVD.

:D

eyeblink
06-14-2009, 04:58 PM
Wouldn't go that far. I was born in the year The Thing was released in theaters, and I still consider it damn important ;)

But then you clearly know more about genre film history than your average filmgoer does.

About ten years ago, I had an argument with someone (who wasn't much younger than me) who was saying that people *shouldn't* watch films made before 1980 on the grounds that people couldn't relate to them. So I suspect that many people will think of The Thing as an old film, and they don't watch old films, except maybe if they turn up on TV at odd hours of the night. We're getting a spate of remakes of 70s films at the moment. It won't be too long before anything made in the 80s will be ripe for "reimagining" as the core cinema audience won't remember the originals.

You can probably guess my position on this from my avatar being from a film made in 1933, the year my father was born.