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When I was younger, my sister and I used to watch MonsterVision. There was a show we watched before that when we were even younger, but I can't remember what it was. One of the featured films we saw happened to be the The Thing with Kurt Russell.
I remember being afraid and thinking I would have nightmares, but I couldn't stop watching. Something about the film intrigued me. Something made it fascinating.
It wasn't until I was in college that I discovered the 1982 version was a remake of a 1951 film called The Thing from Another World.
I had the pleasure of watching it in a sci-fi and horror film class through the English department. The professor described the alien as a shape-shifting vegetable. A carrot that could take on other forms. Still, I really enjoyed that film, too.
About this time, I was collecting toys, and I really wanted the creature. You can find more information about it here. (FYI: Aliens is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I own several of the toys from the film and have several tattoos, but that is a different blog post!)
For some reason, I never got it. (I still have all my toys, incidentally, I just don't have anywhere to put them!)
Then, in 2011, they came out with another version of The Thing.
I watched it and enjoyed it, but it didn't give me the same thrill as the other films did. Maybe by this point in time the story was overdone. But I have to say, the creature was still freaking fantastic!
Monster Week - Creature from the Black Lagoon - The Mummy - Vampires - Godzilla