Deadly Movies Connections: Two Things, Two Doctors

Here’s an interesting connection between 1951s The Thing From Another World and 2011’s The Thing (prequel). While you’re probably aware of the connections between the John Carpenter’s 1982 The Thing and Its 2011 prequel, you may not have thought that Matthijs van Heijningen Jr’s film actually draws on elements of both the original novela by John W Campbell and Howard Hawk’s The Thing From Another World.  Most interestingly is Ulrich Thomsen’s Dr. Sander Halvorson (from the 2011 movie) who’s motivations and appearance are remarkably similar to Robert Cornthwaite’s Dr. Arthur Carrington (from the 1951 movie), even down to a passion for furry hat fashions. See for yourself above (I’ve made both black and white for illustrative purposes). I stick by the fact that the 2011 film deserves a little more credit than it gets, and its knowledge of not just Carpenter’s film but of the entire 75 year cultural lineage of the story’s varying incarnations only warrants a reevaluation of its place in the cannon.

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