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Did Dean Cundey Just Reveal The Biggest Secret Of THE THING?

Words alone can not sum up exactly how much I love John Carpenter’s THE THING. It’s the go to response when someone complains about remakes. “Well, what about John Carpenter’s THE THING? That’s a classic!” Although it wasn’t heralded as such upon its release, it sure as hell is considered one nowadays, especially by die-hard […]

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Watch the Skies! An Appreciation of Howard Hawks’ THE THING

Who goes there? Yikes – it’s THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD) – the biggest, baddest granddaddy of them all! The groundbreaking 1951 film directed by Christian Nyby and produced by Howard Hawks was the first alien invader flick which promptly launched the modern sci-fi genre. Hot on the heels of the fist real-life UF0 sighting […]

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13 Classic Horror Teasers with ZERO Footage From Their Own Films

I really miss horror teasers. Not just the old trailers… I’m talking real teasers: promotional mini-movies designed to suggest the horrors awaiting audiences without actually showing any footage from the films they’re advertising. At their absolute best, teasers were full-motion versions of a movie’s poster art, giving you just enough information to tantalize your imagination, […]

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Heads Up, East Coast! John Carpenter’s Headed For You!

Fresh off his appearance on the Marc Maron podcast show WTF, John Carpenter is about to kick off the second leg of his tour in support of his latest album “Lost Themes II,” and he’s just released a new promo video with snippets both from his Maron appearance and some behind-the-scenes footage of him, his […]

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Trivia Tidbit: Who Is “The Shape” In John Carpenter’s THE THING?

Like any self-respecting horror fan, I consider John Carpenter’s seminal 1982 remake of THE THING to be one of the greatest genre films ever committed to celluloid. I revisit it at least once a year and always get swept up in the eerie story and the masterful way the whole thing unfolds. Case in point, […]

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UPDATE: Watch John Carpenter’s Entire Panel Discussion With The New York Film Academy

There’s no shortage of great John Carpenter interviews online these days, especially with his tremendously-deserved resurge in popularity as a result of his two “Lost Themes” albums and current tour. But it’s always fun to look back on different discussions he’s given over the years for context. His hour long chat with students of the New […]

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Class In Session! Behold This Gorgeous 12 Minute HISTORY OF HORROR in Cinema

Ever get into an excited debate with friends and fellow movie lovers about the greatest horror movie scenes? Or try to explain the genre in your own words to someone that doesn’t “get” horror? Well Diego Carrera created this created this amazing video to guide you through 121 years worth of horror cinema! The 12 […]

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How Legendary Composer Ennio Morricone Ended Up Scoring John Carpenter’s THE THING

It’s been amazing to see the sudden renascence of the work of John Carpenter, not just as a director and arguably the “master of horror,” but in particular for all the music he’s composed for his movies. He’s currently in the middle of a world tour in support of his two albums “Lost Themes” and “Lost […]

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Fear the Meta-Menace of MANT! Remembering Joe Dante’s MATINEE

While Joe Dante’s MATINEE is ostensibly a coming-of-age fear flick about a William Castle-like schlocky showman, the meta film within a film, MANT, is an affectionate love letter to the classic creature features that inspired a generation. It’s time we break down who’s who in that meta-fun-fest… and why! Set in Key West, Florida in 1962, […]

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Damp Dangers! Remembering DESTINATION INNER SPACE and LEVIATHAN

A group of scientists and military types, trapped in a remote base, discover an alien creature set upon the annihilation of the group… and perhaps all of mankind. Most genre fans will acknowledge this as the basic plot of Howard Hawks’ THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) and John Carpenter’s 1982 remake. Both films are […]

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT vs. THE THING: Tarantino’s Salute to Carpenter’s Classic

Quentin Tarantino recently announced to the press that his next film project may be a horror movie — which actually comes as no surprise, since his love of the genre comes across in many of his previous projects; for example, he’s often referred to DEATH PROOF as his own spin on familiar slasher movie tropes. […]

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THE THING VS. THE FLY

This was first posited on an episode of THE CANON, an excellent podcast currently available through the Wolfpop network. The show, in case you hadn’t heard of it, is hosted by critics Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson, and they debate which films should be vaunted as classics – included in the cinematic canon of greats […]

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13 Kickass Japanese LaserDisc Covers

There may be some of you out there who have never heard of a LaserDisc. You make us feel old, but you were also kind of missing out. Naturally technology has evolved beyond these giant optical discs, which were about the size of a vinyl record, but there was a time when LaserDiscs represented the […]