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Scream Factory Releasing John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ On Two-Disc Blu-ray This Fall
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The Thing

In my opinion there is no greater fusion of science fiction and horror than The Thing, John Carpenter‘s 1982 masterpiece of frostbitten fear and otherworldly invaders. It may have flopped hard at the box office when it first opened (a week following the release of E.T. – wow, that could not have been a pretty sight), but the film has gained a massive cult following over the years thanks to repeated cable airings and home video rentals and sales, and it has endured as an unbeatable genre classic.

Scream Factory, the offshoot of Shout! Factory devoted to releasing only the finest in sci-fi and horror cinema on Blu-ray and DVD, is preparing to give us fans of The Thing its definitive home video edition when it releases Carpenter’s timeless film on collector’s edition and deluxe limited edition Blu-ray this fall.

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‘The Hateful Eight’: Listen To The Morricone Music You Won’t Find On The Soundtrack
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The Hateful Eight

On New Year’s Eve, I met up with a pair of great friends and took in a showing of Quentin Tarantino‘s latest film, The Hateful Eight (check out our recent review by Adam Frazier), which I found to be a brazenly sinister and violent black comedy sneaked in on unsuspecting moviegoers beneath the sheepskin of a classic big sky western. Then we all made a short pilgrimage to a local tavern where we proceeded to ring in the new year and I learned that I knew all of the lyrics to Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual.”

Love the film or hate its evil guts, one of the undisputed highlights of Hateful Eight was the original score composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone – his first score for a western in four decades! Tarantino has long wanted to team with the famed Italian music man responsible for some of the most iconic film scores of our time (Morricone even wrote an original song, “Ancora Qui,” for Tarantino’s previous film, Django Unchained), and the director’s latest provided “Il Maestro” a magnificent playground full of amoral characters talking and shooting each other to death with which to work. Unfortunately, Morricone was not able to create a full score due to a rushed schedule, compelling Tarantino to fill in a few gaps by utilizing selections from other scores composed by Morricone.

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31 Days of Horror: The Thing / The Deadly Spawn
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Hello Geeks and Ghouls, Famous Monster here. Well, it’s finally October and you know what that means? Breast Cancer Awareness 5Ks? Good guess. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Delicious, but no. Halloween? YES. Horror movies? DOUBLE YES!

Welcome to 31 Days of Horror, where I’ll cover at least two noteworthy horror films a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 62+ scary movies perfect for a cold, dark October night. Be sure to visit Geeks of Doom every day this month for a double-shot of chills and thrills!

Today’s double-shot features monstrous man-eaters from outer space with John Carpenter‘s 1982 film, The Thing, and Douglas McKeown‘s low-budget alien flick, The Deadly Spawn.

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Watch Now: What If John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ Had Its Own Line Of Action Figures?
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The Thing

“Real alien ooze!”

First of all, before you ask, there was not a line of action figures made to coincide with the release of John Carpenter‘s classic sci-fi chiller The Thing back in the summer of 1982. It was too much of a disaster in the eyes of critics, audiences, and the executives at Universal Pictures at the time for one to even be considered. By then creating a toy line as part of the merchandising blitz for a major studio genre release was all part of the game. Planet of the Apes broke the mold, but Star Wars and Superman made toys a vital part of a studio blockbuster’s ancillary revenue. Even movies that made less money (and lost more money) and had a lesser cultural impact than The Thing got their own line of poseable figures, playsets, plastic vehicles, and guns that fired objects that weren’t supposed to be ingested but more often than not ended up lodged in some kid’s tracheo. I still recall seeing Judge Dredd figures hanging sadly off of sagging metal hooks in the toy section of my neighborhood Dollar General as late as 1998.

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Mondo Celebrates The Summer Of ’82 With Reprint Of Drew Struzan’s ‘The Thing’ Poster
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Avid movie poster collectors would appreciate this piece of news. Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a release of The Thing as a part of their celebration for “Summer of 82” and to commemorate the release, Mondo will be reprinting the iconic poster that Drew Struzan did himself. Struzan was one of the actual artists who drew the poster for the John Carpenter classic, but the reprint will feature no taglines, to title, cast, or crew, just the striking image of a man with light emanating from his face.

Check out the poster below.

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$.99 eBook Deal: 20 Books Made into Films: I Am Legend, The Thing & More!
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I Am Legend

The Kindle ebook deal of the day over at Amazon today is Books Made into Films, a list of 20 books that were adapted to film like I Am Legend, Wizard’s First Rule, Slaughterhouse-Five, Red Alert/Dr. Strangelove, Who Goes There?The Thing, and more, for just $.99 each.

Here’s are all 20 ebooks from the sale:

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Who Goes There? – Basis for The Thing by John W. Campbell
Shoeless Joe – Filmed as Field Of Dreams by W. P. Kinsella
Make Room! Make Room! – Filmed as Soylent Green by Harry Harrison
Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy
The Midwich Cuckoos – Basis for Village Of The Damned by John Wyndham
Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late – Filmed as Lanigan’s Rabbi by Harry Kemelman
Fuzz by Ed McBain
The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
Red Alert – Basis for Dr. Strangelove by Peter Bryant
An American Tragedy – Filmed as A Place In The Sun by Theodore Dreiser
The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett
In the Heat of the Night by John Ball
The Brave Cowboy – Filmed as Lonely Are The Brave by Edward Abbey

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Digital Rental Deal: ‘The Thing’ (2011)
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The Thing (2011) Prequel

Right now Amazon is currently running a digital movie rental deal for 2011’s The Thing for only $1.99.

This deal is valid through the end of today, Sunday, March 25, 2012, until 11:59pm PST. Once you activate the rental through Amazon’s Instant Video on demand service, you’ll have access to the movie for 48 hours. If you’re interested in purchasing the digital version, the cost is $14.99.

Also, if you’d like to own a physical copy of The Thing, the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is available for $19.99 while the DVD is $14.69.

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The GoD List: Comics For February 8, 2012
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GoD List BannerEach and every week “Mr. I Look Good In A Suit” MK2Fac3 and “Mr. I Look Good In A Plastic Incredible Hulk Mask” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible…theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of February 8, 2012. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

I’ve really got nothing fun or interesting to tell you this week. I mean, I had a job interview, but who cares about that? You’re here for comics! And boy let me tell you, there are a whole lot of comics to talk about this week. So, let’s skip this intro and get to the meat of the week. Ladies and gentlemen, I present…The GoD List!

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Watch Now: John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ Featuring The Cast of ‘Pingu’
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Pingu

There are few movies I love in the world more than John Carpenter‘s 1982 remake of The Thing. Actually there are two — Evil Dead 2 and Blade Runner — but that’s not the point. I love The Thing more than the original Alien most days. It’s just a perfect amalgam of vintage and modern horror-tinged sci-fi with an oppressively effective setting, terrific ensemble acting, innovative practical creature effects that remain horrifying to this day, and an infinitely more quotable script than Alien (Aliens, not so much).

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: Art Prints
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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: Art Prints

Welcome to the Geeks of Doom Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: Art Prints edition!

With the popularity of Geek-related art prints on the rise, now’s the time to jump on board and get your hands on some art related to your favorite movie, tv, comics, or video game series.

Be sure to continue on below now to check out the 2011 Art Print guide now!

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