Movie of the Month/LAMBcast #71: The Thing

by Dylan · June 11, 2011 · LAMBcast, MOTM, Podcasts · 10 Comments

It seemed inevitable that The Thing would finally become the MOTM, after a couple progressively better showings in the polls (just as it seems inevitable that The Third Man will win one of these months). Good thing, too (no pun intended), as it’s a hell of a film. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t deemed a classic (and wasn’t commercially successful, either) upon its release, where it barely earned its budget back and arrived to mixed reviews. Which makes you wonder – which new releases will be looked upon as classics in a few decades?

For those unfamiliar with it, the plot synopsis from IMDb:

“An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realizes that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don’t know who may already have been taken over. “

First up, the links! Thanks to all of the LAMBs that sent in their posts for this edition of the MOTM. Be sure to check out the varied opinions on this sci-fi/horror classic:

* 1001plus
* Bill’s Movie Emporium
* Bonjour Tristesse
* Cinematic Catharsis
* Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews
* Foolish Blatherings
* Furious Cinema
* Invasion of the B Movies
* Jack L. Film Reviews
* Reverie in Words
* The Stop Button

It’s also time to vote on next month’s movie. I’ve included many of the choices from last month, but swapped a few out to keep it interesting. You have one week to vote.

As we do every month, the LAMBcast is tied in with the MOTM. This time, Dylan, Kai, and Nick were joined by first-timer Steve of 1001plus – and thank goodness for that, as he shared numerous valuable insights that blew Kai’s mind. Also keep an ear out for a particularly angry Rants of the Week.

Also on tap:

* Rants and Raves of the Week
* Last LAMB Standing

If you’re interested, you too can be a LAMBcaster – we love new blood! For more information on the LAMBcast, check out the topic at the LAMB Forums. Music provided royalty-free by Kevin MacLeod’s Incompetech website. Big thanks to Kevin for providing this service. The LAMBcast loves feedback, too. Either here in the comments section or to or to our Facebook page. Also, we’re on iTunes, and would still love a review, even if it’s a bad one.

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