The Thing & Creature from the Black Lagoon Doublebill


Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Monday, January 04, 2010

Dan Light's #VHSMovieClub is bringing the mother of all creature double-features to London this January.




#VHSMovieClub presents:
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) &
John Carpenter’s The Thing
(1982).



John Carpenter’s The Thing



In a windswept Antarctic research facility, a group of American scientists are terrorised by a shape-shifting extra-terrestrial.

After a helicopter from a neighbouring Norwegian camp is destroyed pursuing a dog and the crazed pilot shot, MacReady (Kurt Russell) and a small team set off to investigate. A grisly discovery awaits them: the camp is populated by mutilated corpses and there's evidence of a long-frozen UFO. Back at the base the stray dog wreaks havoc, undergoing a grotesque transformation and killing the other hounds before being burnt to death. An autopsy on one of the bodies from the Norwegian camp reveals that a chameleon-like alien that can take the form of whatever it kills is at large - and any one of the team could be its host. In an astonishing finale, bodies are ripped apart and limbs are lopped off as paranoia breeds hysteria and the crew are picked off one by one...


Creature from the Black Lagoon



Jack Arnold's horror classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon spawned not one but two iconic images: the web-footed humanoid gill-man with a hankering for women and the leggy, luscious Julia Adams, the object of his desire, swimming the lagoon in a luminous white bathing suit. Not since King Kong has the "beauty and the beast" theme been portrayed in such sexually charged (though chaste) terms. Arnold turns an effectively B-movie plot--a small expedition up a remote Amazon river captures a prehistoric amphibian man, who escapes to wreak havoc on the team and kidnap his bathing beauty--into a moody, stylish, low-budget feature.


The screening is free. So spend your cash at the bar. Details can be found here! or by hitting up @VHSMovieClub or @ewebber on Twitter.

Where
Scooter Works
132 Lower Marsh Lambeth London SE1 7AE

When
6:00pm Mon 25 Jan 2010

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