Freaky Fridays

The Thing (Sold Out)

The Thing (Sold Out)

Please note that this event is now SOLD OUT. Unlike other New Bev shows, we are not holding aside a batch of tickets for sale at the door. However, we will have a standby line for any seats that may become available at showtime.

As a beautiful black and white Malumute sprints through the pristine snow towards a research station, a Norwegian helicopter fires at it from above in John Carpenter’s deliberation on paranoia and trust (or lack thereof), in his horror-thriller-monster-movie remake The Thing, both the cast and the audience get to reconcile in real time – “Who in the hell would shoot at that beautiful dog and why?” The answers come soon enough, and they are as gruesome as they are terrifying, as Kurt Russell leads a strong ensemble cast (Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Ricahrd Masur, Peter Maloney, T.K. Carter, Joel Polis, Charles Hallahan, Donald Moffat and Thomas Waites) that fight for their survival against an alien life form that has assimilated into the dog’s DNA, and remains alive on a cellular level, even after the dog is incinerated – searching for a living host. With its in-camera special effects that moved the needle forward in that art form, while raising the bar on what remakes should aspire to, The Thing stands as Carpenter’s masterpiece, and continues to influence filmmakers both young and old, in this claustrophobic whodunit.

“A great barf-bag movie” – Roger Ebert

“The scariest movie I ever saw was John Carpenter’s The Thing” – John Sayles

The Thing is a peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror.” – Adam Smith, Empire Magazine

“Shows more originality, wit and invention than possibly any other film you might call a remake… as influential as Alien for its blend of action, sci-fi and chilling horror.” – Film4

Kim Morgan discusses The Thing on the New Beverly blog.

Garret Mathany interviews actor Thomas G. Waites for the New Beverly blog.

John Carpenter
Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Masur, David Clennon, Charles Hallahan,Richard Dysart, T. K. Carter, Peter Maloney, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites
Running Time
109 minutes

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