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Thing

ISBN-10: 0851705669
ISBN-13: 9780851705668
Edition: 1997
Authors: Anne Billson
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Description: An alien entity that can take any living form invades an isolated scientific research station in the Antarctic. John Carpenter'sThe Thingis best known for some of the most startling visual effects--surreal, lurid, shocking perversions of the human  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 8/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

An alien entity that can take any living form invades an isolated scientific research station in the Antarctic. John Carpenter'sThe Thingis best known for some of the most startling visual effects--surreal, lurid, shocking perversions of the human body --ever committed to celluloid. At London's National Film Theatre in 1995, Quentin Tarantino namedThe Thingas one of his favorite films. Yet when it was released in 1982, it fared badly against another alien encounter movie,E.T., and critics panned it. ButThe Thinghas aged well, and its influence can now be detected in everything fromSeventoRed DwarfandThe X Files. In her elegant and trenchant study, Anne Billson argues thatThe Thinghas never been given its due. For Billson, it's a landmark movie that brilliantly refines the conventions of classic horror and science fiction, combining them with humor, Lewis Carroll logic, strong characterizations and prescient insight. The idea of an alien species mutating and inhabiting humans resonates all too chillingly with the mad cow disease crisis and today's new and ever more powerful genetic technology.

Anne Billson is a novelist, film critic, and photographer based in Paris. She has written a number of fiction and non-fiction works, including the vampire novel Suckersand a volume in the BFI Modern Classics series on John Carpenter's The Thing, and reviews films for the Sunday Telegraph.

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