Horror Movie Showdown #2 The Thing VS Alien

Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by Ash28M, May 9, 2006.

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Battle of the Sci-Fi classics!

  1. Alien (1979)

    37.8%
  2. The Thing (1982)

    62.2%
  1. Cujo108

    Cujo108 Guest

    Another easy vote, this time in favor of Carpenter. The Thing is such a flawless and beautifully realized film. It has a large cast of characters, but Carpenter and the actors were able to make me care for every one of them. They are all likable, and even if that weren't the case, there's just no beating a great Kurt Russell performance. The isolation, the sense of paranoia, the dire nature of their situation, Morricone's score, the dread-filled atmosphere and mood... it's all perfect. On top of all that, we get Bottin's amazing and grotesque effects work. I still think this film contains the best special effects in any film to date.

    I love Alien, but there's no comparison IMO.
     
  2. KillerCannabis

    KillerCannabis Slow, Deep & Hard

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    A no-brainer for me. The Thing is my favorite horror film of all time. The FX work is STILL unsurpassed to this day IMO.
     
  3. bwana the clown

    bwana the clown Supreme Ruler Of Sados

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    This was really hard to call, but Alien wins it by a hair for me.
     
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  6. Mattster

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    Is this a joke? Alien. I can't even make it through The Thing it's so Godawful.
     
  7. satans-sadists

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    The Thing. Very close battle!
     
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    The Thing is one of my favourite horror movies and thus gets my vote. Alien is good too though.
     
  9. Nemesis

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    Alien because i watched it a long time before The Thing so it's been a childhood favourite of mine
     
  10. Chad

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    Both films are favorites of mine but John Carpenter's "The Thing" holds a special place in my heart. :D
     
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    Definitely Alien for me. The Thing always struck me as more cheesy and entertaining than scary. Alien is just perfect. The tension of having that creature loose on the ship was, well, perfect.
     
  12. FilmFiend

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    I like both movies very well, but I'd pick Alien. I was well acquainted with Sigourney Weaver's space panties before The Thing, and she is cooler than Kurt Russell.
     
  13. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    I'd like to give you a blood test to make sure you're one of us, y'know?
     
  14. vampyr789

    vampyr789 9, 10. Never Sleep Again.

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    uber-tough question!!!
    lets see...
    Alien is a childhood favorite of mine, i found the VHS and watched when i was 5. NIGHTMARES. then became my fave horror film.
    didnt see The Thing till i was older, i loved it.

    both are brilliant scifi horror, but i give it to Alien.
     
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    The Thing = easy ! and DVD-fanatic, you' re full of it. :D
     
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    Your talkin' out your asshole.
     
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    I enjoy The Thing, but Alien is unquestionably the superior film. Both have great special effects, atmospheric settings, and truly scary monsters. But that's about all The Thing has, whereas Alien is more compelling because of the characters and performances. The Thing is populated with many single-note peeps who exist only as Thing fodder.

    'Sides, Alien came first, and without it, there would be no Thing.
     
  18. Erick H.

    Erick H. Well-Known Member

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    Tight,but I have to go with ALIEN.It sparked a trend that THE THING was in some respects a response to.ALIEN was partially inspired by the 1950's THING though,so it is an interesting circle.
     
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    Oh yeah, for sure. There's NO QUESTION that Alien is the superior film. Anyone who thinks The Thing is a better film than Alien is just plain wrong. (Don't get me wrong, I love The Thing, but Alien is FAR better. MUCH much more well-made.)

    ...I actually can't believe The Thing is winning this.

    Wouldn't necessarily say that, as The Thing WAS a remake. But yes, it does lift quite a bit from Alien.

    ~Matt
     
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    You' re way too serious, I meant it as a compliment. Relax :)
     

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