Be Kind Rewind – Party Like It’s 1959!
By Michael Nazarewycz
Remakes are nothing new.
See what I did there?
Oh sure, remakes are the scourge of today’s cinema, but they were also
around in OUR decade too. Ripe for such remakes were popular sci-fi
films of the 1950s and why not? When were the two biggest “Red scare”
decades? The 1950s and the 1980s. Here’s a fun double feature that will
take you “back in time” ...
Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Keith David
Directed by John Carpenter
At a scientific research station in Antarctica, a team of Norwegians
inadvertently unleashes an alien from a spaceship found frozen in the
ice. The Norwegians are killed, and a nearby American research station
finds itself up against the creature, which has the ability to imitate
perfectly any living thing it so chooses, from dogs to humans. The group
of Americans, led by R.J. MacReady (Russell), must determine who the
“fake” member of their team is, and determine a way to stop the alien,
before they are systematically killed. This film is a remake of 1951’s
The Thing From Another World.
Starring Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, and Donovan Leitch
Directed by Chuck Russell
When a mass of ooey-gooey ... ya know, stuff ... falls from space and
lands near a small town, it starts eating the townsfolk. As it does so,
it gets bigger and bigger. Only a cheerleader (Smith) and a thug
(Dillon) – who is only misunderstood, of course – can save the surviving
skeptics. However, as the thug comes to learn, it seems that the
government, as part of a biological weapons program, might be
responsible for having created the creature. This film is a remake of
1958’s The Blob, which starred Hollywood icon Steve McQueen.
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Michael Nazarewycz is a
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