John Carpenter is considered by many to be a master of the horror genre. With his creation of Michael Myers in Halloween (1978) which is heavily influenced by Hitchock's Psycho (1960) he's also added several notable entries to the genre such as The Fog (1980), Christine (1983), Prince of Darkness (1987), In the Mouth of Madness (1995) and of course The Thing (1982). Carpenter's The Thing is a remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, which in turn is based on the novella Who Goes There by John W. Campbell Jr. (1939) Whew...a lot of info. Anyway...
Carpenter's film is set in an arctic research station that gets invaded by an extraterrestrial life form that can mimic any form of life in the universe. Once the scientists at the station realize what's going on, they figure out that one or more of them may be aliens. Not knowing who they can trust, they turn on each other. This film makes fantastic use of the claustrophobic outpost as well as the cynical themes of an outside force tearing these men asunder (Both litterally and metaphorically).
THE MUSIC VIDEO
This music video (to my knowledge) is not an official video for the song. However you would never know the difference. Simon Gesrel and Xavier Ehretsmann are the filmmakers responsible for this little gem and the song is "Driving this road until death sets you free" by the band ZOMBIE, ZOMBIE.
It's erie how accurate and specific the filmmakers got to Carpenter's film. While the music video features no dialogue, if follows the films basic settup pretty well. It is an homage in the vein of "Sixteen Military Wives/Rushmore" instead of a direct ripoff. The hook of this piece is that the characters are portrayed with G.I. Joes. Brilliantly enough, the action figures they chose look remarkably like the actors used in the film.
The filmmakers also make use of claustrophobia and shadow to get across a feeling of foreboding as the scientists are picked off one by one. And the amount of detail in the tiny sets is astonishing for a project of this kind. It's worth it to watch the video more than once just to observe the smooth animation and well designed set pieces. And if you're familiar with Carpenter's oeuvre as both a director and composer it's amazing the similarities between the song itself and Carpenter's synth tones from films like The Thing, Escape from New York and They Live.
You can enjoy this music video on it's own, but I highly recommend you watch The Thing, if you haven't seen it before. The acting is reserved and intense and the visual effects are outstanding and this is long before the terrible overuse of CGI. The film also contains an early mature role from Carpenter's muse/collaborator Kurt Russell in a fantastic role.
We may do one or two more of these horror themed Cinematic Music Video articles before the end of the month, if you have any suggestions please let us know. Also, be sure to check out Scary Steve's Horror Movie reviews all this month! As always, be sure to tell your friends and link to us:)