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The Thing

Postby Dotsie » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:10 pm

Ooh! IMDB has a trailer for the prequel to The Thing. It's got the same name as the original, which I loved, so I'll be watching :D

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2985204761

Warning - it's a horror film, so if you don't like them, you might not want to watch the trailer (although it's not especially scary).

Question - why does Hollywood prefer its scientists to be female? :?
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Postby DaveC » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:40 pm

I still think it's weird that it's got the same name, as it's a prequel, not a remake. :?
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:50 pm

Dotsie wrote:Question - why does Hollywood prefer its scientists to be female? :?


Because being able to think isn't sexy and hetero men need all the help they can get? :P

That looks a little like an early X-files episode, should be good fun :lol:
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Postby mspanners » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:18 am

The original The Thing was a black and white movie from the 1950-1960's
This looks like a prequel to the one with Kurt Russell in it, if I recall they visited a Norwegian base where the creature was originally found.... the only human survivor was shot dead when He tried to kill the Dog as it ran into the US base.... good movie and scared the crap out of me the first time I watched it!! :shock: The Head with legs and crab like eyes was a total shock... that said the first black and white movie was quite good for the time....
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Re: The Thing

Postby raisindot » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:50 pm

Dotsie wrote:Question - why does Hollywood prefer its scientists to be female? :?


Female scientists need to exist to fulfill the narrative demands of Hollywood cinematic cliches.

1. To have the female scientist who's smartly dunn up in a suit, hair all pinned back, and wearing glasses gradually lose the specs, lose the hairpins, and end up with half her clothes torn off by the evil thingamabob until the hero (usually some lunkheaded pretty boy) rescues her and earns the inevitable roll in the hay.

2. To have the female scientist look like a beautiful, but scared young babe-in-the-woods so it'll be all the more effective when the evil thingamabob starts chasing her (as must happen in all horror movies), until the hero (usually some lunkheaded pretty boy) rescues her and earns the inevitable roll in the hay.
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Postby deldaisy » Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:00 pm

The 1951 film: Flame Cannot Destroy it!!! Nor Bullets Kill It!!! A Story Of Modern Science That Challenges Imagination!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5xcVxkTZzM

The Thing 1982: John Carpenter. (Kurt Russell)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZkkIsLiNg
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Postby Dotsie » Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:01 pm

D'ja know, I've been pinning my hair up and wearing glasses for years, but I've not been chased by any lunkheaded pretty boys or evil thingamabobs :(

I seriously wanted to work in the Antarctic for a while, but then Mr Dotsie came along and that put the mockers on that.
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Postby deldaisy » Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:06 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: How did you know I was thinking of YOU when I read raisin's post Dots.

Soooooo...... the um Mr Dotsie....... bit of an ugly one is he? :wink: Its nice you love him anyway sweetie.
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Postby Dotsie » Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:11 pm

He's very pretty (in a rugged kind of way) - but he's not a lunkhead :P He also wouldn't save me from the evil thingamabobs, he'd remind me that evil thingamabobs are an endangered species, and to go easy on the poor bugger.
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Postby raisindot » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:02 pm

Dotsie wrote:D'ja know, I've been pinning my hair up and wearing glasses for years, but I've not been chased by any lunkheaded pretty boys or evil thingamabobs :(


Well, we are talking about HOLLYWOOD horror movies, here. British horror movies may have different conventions. Maybe their female scientists get chased by evil, drill-wielding dentists (sorry, couldn't resist :) ).
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