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the Thing October 26, 2006

Posted by ujj in horror, LAN, Mood: Thrill me, sci-fi.
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Unlike other sci-fi horror films that try to stimulate you by using frightful slimy, large clawed, multilegged predatory creatures, the Thing actually scares you by using the impostrous alien that can take the shape and form of any living object it comes in contact with, so in reality it scares the shit out of you using living creatures you see around you. Metaphorically this is more thrilling as in the film none of the characters can be assumed to be any way less dangerous than the other, not even a ski-dog!
A group of scientists in Antartica is confronting a strange organism of alien origin that can imitate any living thing that comes in its proximity. The Alien cells of the imitated body so formed remain active even when it is killed, that is the dead bodies are not really dead. This discovery starts a paranoia in the group as everyone alive is a possible alien in human form. The only way to prevent this spread is to burn the tissues and hence every one suspected to be an alien has to be burnt alive!
Though some of the copy book horror scenes like an alien strangulating a dog with its tounge are there, the Thing has some really creepy kick-ass stuff like an alien organism coming out of a human by splitting his face and then eating another human, really unique I must say. If you liked Ridley Scotts Alien, youll cherish this one, better sets and the use of icy environment of Antartica and ..ahem.. has a story too  🙂

Invasion of the body snatchers October 23, 2006

Posted by ujj in LAN, Mood: Thrill me, Reviews, sci-fi.
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Paranoia.!. run for your lives..

the pods are coming.. no one is safe..!!

One of the early films about alien invasion, it is by far one of most fast paced tense black & white films I have seen till date. A doctor finds several patients complaining of not recognising their near ones claiming them to be imposters. As the number of such people increases, he assumes it to be mass hysteria but as he finds a corpse in his friends house, his view of the situation begins to change. He realizes that some of his friends and him are the few remaining humans in the town. Others have been replaced by identical organisms of outer space that are born out of some large pods. He and his friends have to run for their lives to survive ans slowly everyone except the doctor are left. The doctor somehow escapes to the city and finds trucks loaded with these pods, he tries to tell the authorities about it who not suprisingly take him to be a lunatic. Something happens though, that makes the authorities believe hima and take evasive action.
The film is based on the idea of the dangerous communism coming to raid the streets of America after the WW-II. The undertones of “no ones safe” are barely suppressed and brings back memories of the weeding out of traitors by Senator McCarthy. A must watch for sci-fi lovers. For a 1956 film, it is way too fast and action packed.