April 27, 1951: The Thing From Another World

“HOW DID IT GET HERE?”

The_Thing_From_Another_World-1951The Thing from Another World is an American black-and-white science fiction-horror film, directed by Christian Nyby, produced by Edward Lasker for Howard Hawks‘ Winchester Pictures Corporation, and released by RKO Pictures. The film stars Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, and Douglas Spencer. James Arness (Marshall Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke) plays The Thing, but he is difficult to recognize in costume and makeup due to both low lighting and other effects used to obscure his features. The film is based on the 1938 novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell (writing under the pseudonym of Don A. Stuart).

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The storyline concerns a U.S. Air Force crew and scientists who find a crashed flying saucer and a body frozen nearby in the Arctic ice. Returning to their remote research outpost with the humanoid body in a block of ice, they are forced to defend themselves against this malevolent, plant-based alien when it is accidentally revived.

A more faithful adaptation of Campbell’s story was directed by John Carpenter and released in 1982 under the title The Thing. It paid homage to the 1951 film by using the same “slow burning letters through background” opening title sequence. [Wikipedia]

The first two episodes of the Doctor Who story The Seeds of Doom borrows some of the elements from the plot of this film.

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

Read more at thething.wikia.com.

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