The Thing From Another World Credited to a fellow named Christian Nyby, this wispy schlock sci-fi B picture is commonly believed to have been directed by its producer, Howard Hawks.… The Thing From Another World Credited to a fellow named Christian Nyby, this wispy schlock sci-fi B picture is commonly believed to have been directed by its producer, Howard Hawks.…
Review

The Thing From Another World (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 05, 2003; DVD Release Date: Aug 05, 2003; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Kenneth Tobey and Margaret Sheridan; Distributor: Image Home Video

Credited to a fellow named Christian Nyby, this wispy schlock sci-fi B picture is commonly believed to have been directed by its producer, Howard Hawks. The reasoning? It's just too good to have been made by a novice who spent most of his career in television -- rather than by the great mind behind Red River and To Have and Have Not. Whatever his role, Hawks left his deft fingerprints all over this fable about a grunting alien (James Arness, pre-Gunsmoke) that terrorizes the denizens of an Arctic military base before they realize that, yes, he's basically a walking carrot. (The movie was gorily remade by John Carpenter in 1982.) Sharing a breezy style with the sundry films that we know Hawks directed -- the kookiness of Bringing Up Baby, the suspense of The Big Sleep, the wistful adventure of Rio Bravo -- The Thing is a rare cautionary Cold War tale that's also plain fun. Now if only the DVD featured extras beyond a lone, unrestored trailer...

Originally posted Aug 01, 2003 Published in issue #721 Aug 01, 2003 Order article reprints
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