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Triple Bill: Do You Wanna live Forever?

1982 was a helluva year for movie geeks: E.T, The Dark Crystal, Airplane II: The Sequel, Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, to name a few. But there was a dark side to film output then, that wasn’t so readily and immediately taken to critical bosums – gritty growers. One of our favourite Vimeo […]

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The Thing Storyboard To Film Comparison

Here’s a very interesting side by side comparison of storyboards and their finished scenes from John Carpenter’s The Thing, compiled by Vashi Nedomansky . Vashi says in his post : “The visuals of both the desolate Antarctic and the ever-morphing alien creatures in THE THING were envisioned long before the movie was shot. Extensive storyboards were […]

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 3

(CONTINUED FROM PART 2) Act 5 Wise finally gets info on what’s beneath the town: an old Cold War nuclear missile silo base which was decommissioned in the 60s. Sure enough, prowling around the tunnels, Little Bear and Gates find themselves in a giant, empty missile silo. They’re not alone as the coyote appears. And […]

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 2

(CONTINUED FROM PART 1) Act 5 Several times throughout, we’ve briefly run across a utility man named Rafferty. As he’s out checking connections, he finds himself face-to-face with the coyote. Soon after, Little Bear follows the animal tracks to Rafferty’s truck where the man is lacing up his boots. Their conversation is terse, their looks […]

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The Great Unmade: Return of the Thing, Part 1

For those who don’t know, for a little over two years, I’ve been producing and co-hosting a podcast series called Masters of Carpentry, examining the works of John Carpenter film-by-film. It’s taken up quite a bit of my creative time and energies, hence me dropping off on contributing articles to Cinetropolis (especially the ponderous and […]

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Unsung heroes: Drew Struzan, The Name On The Poster

Remember when a poster really sold the promise of a good time at the movies? When that one sheet of an iconic character, maybe even one you hadn’t got to know yet, but just knew looked intriguing, could get your heart racing? Chances are it was painted by the Don of movie poster artists, Drew […]

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John Carpenter’s The Thing – Explained

There have been many rumours of hidden meanings and theories about exactly what happens at the end of John Carpenter’s The Thing. For our money this is the best. Here Rob Ager examines the whole shebang in exquisite detail. Enjoy.

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