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April 24th, 2013 by Oliver Harper Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Thing… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”

The Thing

In 1982 John Carpenter unleashed his monstrous remake of the 50s classic The Thing from Another World. The director was a huge fan of the original movie but after reading the novel he realised the 50s version didn’t stay faithful to the original book Who Goes There. With the help of Rob Bottin he created something truly terrifying to many who watched it but unfortunately his version of The Thing wasn’t successful at the box office.

Many movies regarded now as classics or regarded as some of the in film history completed tanked that year, mostly down to E.T completely dominating the box office. Audiences wanted feel good happy movies and The Thing wasn’t that at all. Fans of the original book and movie hated this movie which completely baffled Carpenter and people today. It got totally trashed by critics as well. Now everyone has changed their mind and it’s regarded very highly. It gained its respect on home video and down the years on LaserDisc and DVD.

let’s revisit that classic and see why its considered by many to be one of John Carpenter’s best films!


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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--

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