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While the main focus of the story is their efforts to stop the rampaging killer creature, we also find conflict between the military who would just like to just kill the creature and the scientist running the station who wants the being to remain alive so it can be studied

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Scott Free

Mar 31, 2009

The Thing From Another World

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The Thing From Another World A Fun Romp Through 50′s Sci-Fi
The Thing from Another World (“The Thing”) has a simple but effective plot in the science fiction genre

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While the movie does have its standard cliches with the tough straight-laced military captain, who is backed up by a crew of various ranks and the female romantic interest (although the typical 50′s woman in film has been replaced here with a female character who is a smart and capable woman and not simply a screamer as found in films like Attack of the Giant Leeches, or The Hideous Sun Demon

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Starting out with the full-size being and practical smoke effects overlayed with animated bolts of electricity, the alien starts to shrink to a much smaller size, eventually replacing hulking actor James Arness with a smaller midget actor dressed in the same costume and make up, eventually shrinking and deteriorating to nothing

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Most 50′s films like this has these types of characters, and it can get old seeing the same types of people populating movies, but if they seem to mesh well and have good chemistry it works as it does here

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Watching this for the first time when I was 11 years old surprised me, because up until that time in all films like this the heroes always listened to the scientists and acted according to their direction

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Conflict arises when the uptight scientist, Carrington wants the creature alive and absolutely opposes the notion of killing the creature

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In fact, it’s her suggestion of “boil it, bake it” that gets the crew thinking along the lines of how to stop the creature

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In fact, the music is so creepy it’s hard to tell if a portion of the sound is actually the score or if it’s merged with spooky-type sound effects

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The military, when finding out the chances of the thing reproducing, are convinced they are doing the right thing trying to track down the being and kill it