While this first film based on John W. Campbell's classic story, "Who Goes There?" is far from being a faithful adaptation of its literary source, Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby did a fine job with what they had to work with in 1951, and coming up with their own take on the creature. They just didn't have the technology to make a film like John Carpenter's great 1985 version, with a script by Bill Lancaster (Burt's son.) Still, for many of us, the original film version of The Thing holds a special place in our hearts. It's an intense, claustrophobic movie film that moves like a bullet train and is over far too soon. It's Science against the Military in this one, as they both square off against The Thing. I love the banter among the soldiers, with Hawks' trademark of guys busting each other's chops, talking fast and sometimes all at once. It's a solid film with many great scenes, and a character or two to lighten the mood. And as in many of Hawks' films, the women are tough, sharp-tongued and give as good as they get.
Who Goes There? The original, classic story.
The Thing - film trailer
The Thing -- fire scene
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