THE THING, 1982, Universal, 109 min. A modern classic. Director John Carpenter re-imagined the 1951 sci-fi classic THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, produced by Howard Hawks as something darker, fiercer and altogether more disturbing, pitting sombrero-wearing helicopter pilot Kurt Russell and a crew of Arctic scientists (Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart) against a ravenous, shape-shifting alien being. Also stars Keith David and David Clennon.
HALLOWEEN, 1978, 91 min. A landmark in modern horror - and one of the most phenomenally successful independent films ever made - John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN set the standard for dozens of oversexed-teens-meet-serial killer movies to come, including SCREAM and SCARY MOVIE. Jamie Lee Curtis (in her first major role) stars as the resilient Laurie, aware that evil stalks the shady streets and living rooms of her small town, in the form of escaped psychopath Michael Myers. Co-starring Donald Pleasence, P.J. Soles and Nancy Loomis.
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