Everything around the monster is fantastic, but it's so hard for me to get invested in the drama surrounding the Frankensteinian vegetable from beyond. I'm also not crazy on the structure of "Let's try to kill it this way" (it doesn't work) "I dunno, let's try this other way" (it works) "Hooray." It's one of a few '50s b-movies where the monster is the least interesting element.boojiboyhowdy wrote:The Thing From Another World - 9/10 - Time-wise it's as concise as most movies were from that era. Clocks in at 87 minutes so there's none of that extraneous exposition and bloat. But the characters are so cleanly delineated that it altogether illustrates the meaning of "less is more". The overlapping dialogue predates Robert Altman's technique by a couple of decades. The loose and easy banter between the airmen (and a reporter) is a much needed departure from the somewhat stilted and sluggish dialogue of other movies from that age. It certainly earned it's status as a classic.
Agreed on the concision and the clearly-defined characters and the dialogue. In terms of its humanism and precision, it's up there with the best of its decade, like It Came From Outer Space and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.