My sister just called and left a message saying, “I’ve got some exciting news! Well, nothing earth-shattering, but exciting anyway. Call me back!” And now she is not picking up. That is some audacious sheeit right there.
Since I can’t get ahold of her and I’ll never know what exciting news she had (probably something about whistleblowing and the local utilities company; but I’m not worried!) until she calls me back, let’s talk about horror movies!
I love The Thing From Another World:
Also The Thing, John Carpenter-style:
(Kind of an Alien-esque trailer, no?)
I suppose I should be a purist and like one better than the other, but I don’t. Keith David! Woo! Kurt Russel! Wilford Brimley, what with this and his creepy enforcer turn in The Firm, is no longer my Friendly Quaker Oats Man.
Look, there was also a BBC radio audio drama version of the original story, Who Goes There? by John Campbell:
Horror Tales link to audio excitement
(aka a bunch of dudes with great accents; reminds me of those great Star Wars radio show days)
What I think this really boils down to my enduring love for creepy Arctic/Antarctic movies and stories. They’re kind of like space thrillers: the isolation, the harsh environment, the creepy possibilities of uncharted areas – not just the extraordinary or the alien, but the extreme effect* on the people who venture there. I love it.
So I don’t know where the hell I was or what I was smoking, but I totally missed any and all buzz regarding a remake of/prequel for The Thing.
(WHY MUST IT ALWAYS BE THE DOGS.)
Note: there are certainly some givens these days for horror/suspense movie trailers.
- A dude (generally bearded) who says, “MY GOD” with euphonious horror (and secret glee, I bet. It’s right up there with “Whaaat have I dooooone?”).
- The slow, suspenseful peek around the corner. (courtesy: A.)
- The oh-so-emphatic
music. Thanks a damn bunch, Rise of the Planet of the Damn Dirty Apes trailer. Seriously. I recommend y’all check out The Woman in Black trailer for a lesson in genuine creepiness. (Although that includes some booming and bamming away at the timpani, but not nearly as much.)
Anyway. One of my favorite Season One X-Files eps is, not surprisingly, exceedingly similar to all of the above. The trailer for “Ice” isn’t very good, but I still recommend it:
Sheesh. That’s a ton of movie links, I think I just overdosed on blood, creeps, heavy snows and subzero temps. However, our thermometer currently reads 96.6, so I’m gonna take all these shivers to the bank.
DUN DUN DUNDA DUNNN.
*Speaking of Extreme Effects, there’s always Lovecraft and At the Mountains of Madness. Woo.