Sunday, October 6, 2013


Curator's Note: As part of my job for MOVIECLIPS I help curate the Old Hollywood Trailers channel on YouTube. It's meant to be a source for trailers before the online HD video revolution of recent years. While there's still a load of 21st Century offerings there's a rich archive of earlier films which we only hope to further expand. Throughout the month of October I'm exclusively looking to upload trailers for horror movies new and old.

The light ripping through the black to spell out "The Thing" is one of the greatest of movie title credits. This trailer for the 1951 adaptation of the short story,"Who Goes There?" is less famous these days than the 1982 remake, but still deserves to be unearthed. It's a decent trailer, utilizing both a narrator and title cards. The latter reading, "Flames cannot destroy the thing nor bullets kill it!" and  "A story of modern science that challenges the imagination." They show us snippets of just a few scenes and not a sampling of all three acts which I appreciate. Most surprising is that even back then they were giving away some big spoilers in their trailers. The background image for the title at the end is my least favorite thing about this trailer. It's goofy and almost undermines the sinister concept built earlier.

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