Capitol offers ‘The Thing’ double feature Saturday

Published Nov 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

The Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St., will present a double feature of “The Thing from Another World” (1951) and “The Thing” (1982) at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Both movies will be shown at each show.

Both movies are based on the same story, “Who Goes There?” by Don A. Stuart, but take dramatically different approaches to the source material.

In 1951’s “The Thing from Another World,” a group of scientists investigate a UFO frozen in the ice in the North Pole. They discover an alien being who has been ejected from the craft, and take it into their quarters. After the creature is accidentally allowed to thaw, it goes on a rampage and the scientists are challenged in coming up with a means of destroying it to save their own lives. Starring in the movie are Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite and James Arness (as the title creature). It was directed by Christian Nyby and produced by Howard Hawks. Charles Lederer wrote the screenplay, and the musical score was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin. The tightly-budgeted production became an instant hit upon its release, and today is often considered a “classic” of the genre. Cinema Crazed says of it, “It’s still a very harrowing and action packed horror film,” and eFilmCritic.com calls it, “the perfect popcorn movie.” The black-and-white movie runs 87 minutes.

The second feature will be John Carpenter’s 1982 remake, “The Thing.” The newer version is generally cited as being more faithful to the original novel, focusing on a creature from space that has the ability to take different shapes. As the members of the scientific team are killed off, the survivors don’t know which of them might be the title creature, who has assumed one of their identities.

Considerably more graphic than the 1951 version, the film was a box office flop on its initial release, but has since built up a cult following and has become an audience favorite. Q Network Film Desk calls it “fascinating, horrifying, and utterly engaging from the first frame to the last.” The color movie runs 1 hour, 49 minutes, and is rated R for violence and frightening images. The total time for the show, including an intermission between features, will be approximately three and a half hours. The 1951 film will be shown via a 35mm film print from Warner Bros., and the 1982 version will be shown via Universal’s 4K digital restoration.  

Admission is $6.50, $5.50 for seniors/students/military and $2.50 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the Capitol box office and online at www.romecapitol.com. Because of the intensity of the 1982 film, parents are urged to use their discretion on whether to bring children to the event.