Continuing with a month of creepies and crawlies…
Part 1 is here.
Day 4 – Maggie
(currently streaming on Amazon Prime)
Directed by Henry Hobson – Staring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin
A slow burn with this one. To be honest, it really does take about 30 minutes for the movie to get going, but once it did I was more than glad that I’d stuck around for it. Maggie is more about the slow deterioration of a person than about the actual jump-style scares. It’s about the horror of your body being eaten away by some fiendish virus. About knowing that someone you love is slowly going to lose control, but that you need to/have to stick by them until the very end – no matter what that means.
Day 5 – The Thing (2011)
Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen – Staring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton
On a day when a different sequel to an older 1980s movie was being released, I opted to go with a different sequel… uhm prequel. This version of the Thing decided to go back and tell the story of the Norwegian Base seen in the 1982 film. It dwells a bit more on the alien nature of the creature since they are the ones who dig it up in the first place. However, because of this immediate knowledge that there is something among them, the whole aspect of “it could be any one of us” is probably not played up as well as they could have. Many times the creature seems to reveal itself when discretion might have been the better option. My guess is that they wanted to go a bit more on the monster horror movie side rather than a purely psychological one.
I still enjoyed it, and you can tell they went to painstaking efforts to try and match everything you saw in the original with what you were seeing there. Though, it had been long enough since I’d seen the 1982 film, that some of them escaped me, until…
Day 6 – The Thing (1982)
Directed by John Carpenter – Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Keith David
A cheat, as I have seen this movie, but since I was on a Thing kick, it only made sense to watch this version. The dread of the unknown, the whole “who can I trust” is very much on display in a way you don’t always see pulled off very well. Even remembering what I could about this one, I still got to play along with the characters trying to determine who might be the Thing and who might still be human.
The ending is just about the perfect answer to the question and takes on a slightly different feel having read The Things earlier in the week.
Not quite the 7 days worth of scares I set out to do, but I’m all for getting some of this back on track as we approach another weekend.
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