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. Anaestheus

    Anaestheus Well-Known Member

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    Yes, this was a tough one.

    I love Alien. In fact, as I know I've posted else where here, I often use it as an example when describing why I love horror films so much. It does have some of the richest symbolism/psychology in any modern horror, possibly short of Cronenberg. However, I also have to admit that I find the last half to really be lacking in tension. Particuarly after such an amazing first half. Once the alien starts picking off the crew members, I think the film just becomes a series of shock shots. And I don't think they are even assembled that well. If the first half stood alone, I'd easily say this is one of the best films ever.

    Whereas, the Thing, to me, is just the better crafted film from start to finish. There is absolutely nothing about this film that bothers me. I do like the characters a lot. I don't agree with most criticisms that they are "dehumanized" before the thing even arrives. I think the setting is amazing, both beautiful and menacing. And, as mentioned else where, the score (credited to Morricone, even though it does sound like Carpenter) is fantastic.

    And, for those who think that The Thing rips off Alien, please keep in mind that there would be no Alien if it wasn't for the middle act of "Dark Star." Likewise, Alien borrows a lot from "Planet of the Vampires."

    Where Alien does succeed is in Giger's amazing set design and O'Bannon's incredibly inventive creature. As a film, however, I have to say it is the weaker of the two.
     
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  3. Matt89

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    As much as I think Alien is the superior film...

    Yeah uhmmm....what?

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    *sigh* is it possible to comment on a film without insulting the people who like it?
     
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    Very tough..but I have to give the edge to Alien.
     
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    The Thing but only by a very, very small margin. I love both, but The Thing holds sentimental meaning for me so I went with that.
     
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    DVD-fanatic other people have opinions but you think you know it all with your "statements" and you have just proven what I thought all along, you really are a walking scrotum. :D
     
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    :eek1: LMAO

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    Hey, I never complained LOL. :D

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  10. Mutilated Prey

    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

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    I have to go with The Thing. It's more of a horror movie to me with cooler gore factor. Don't get me wrong, as I love Alien (and Aliens), but The Thing is sucha cool story too, plus I really like the atmosphere.
     
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    How do you know ? See what I mean, another statement and no proof :lol::lol::lol:
     
  12. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    Well... that's Carpenter.
     
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    Yeah, it makes total sense. Carpenter's a huge fan of Westerns. (Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo is one of his fav movies. He did a commentary for the DVD/blu-ray.)

    ~Matt
     
  14. Cardiac Tom

    Cardiac Tom Guest

    This was difficult...They are both excellent films, but I went with The Thing...Reason being, I re-watch that more than I re-watch Alien...
     

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