r. #EnnioMorricone - #TheThing OST [#WaxWorkRecords ] c. #VarietyCoffee Tupac Amaru, V60. Another great release from the @waxworkrecords (though, it really brought out the worst in some of the terrible people who follow the company on Instagram). The music is strictly the Ennio Morricone compositions from the film, and they of course are insanely good. The way he uses the double bass/cello's as a moving lead instrument at times is so trademark, and it does a great job of creating some fantastic tension even without the Antarctic snow visuals. It's hard to not to hear similarities from the Hateful 8 music he did recently, which also features a group of characters trapped in a snowy encampment, though that's probably just Morricone's style. It has some excellent synthesizer movements as well, but generally it's stark and gripping compositions performed by an orchestra. There is some great vertical music style happenings too, ones that instantly make me think of #GyorgyLigeti pieces. Another great film soundtrack getting the full package treatment it certainly deserved. Also, hearing #JohnCarpenter do the Main Theme - Desolation back in July here in NYC was a great surprise to the set. But then again, of course he would play something from one of his greatest and well liked films? How could he not?
My Favorite Films #45 The Thing This Unfunny Caption has Definitely NOT Yet Been Assimilated By The Thing. I Think. The Thing, is likely John Carpenter's greatest achievement. The atmosphere is palpable, every scene builds on the paranoia present in the last. The effects are perfect, undoubtedly some of the greatest in horror cinema. The fact that these have not been matched since 1982 really speaks to how perfectly grotesque and well-crafted these are. And the Cinematography. My word, the cool electric blue of the night sequences, and the burning of the base in the finale are all shot fantastically. The camera even takes full advantage of the special effects handed to it, creating not only disturbing images, but unnerving shots and moments. Do I even have to mention Ennio Morricone's score? It's iconic. Eerie, slow-building, perfectly suited to the isolated atmosphere and the anticipation of the twisted chaos about to ensue. Meanwhile, the writing and characters, while they arguably play second fiddle to the horror atmosphere and technical aspects, are still incredibly entertaining and in the case of MacReady, very memorable. Kurt Russell kills it in this role, and he's easily among the most memorable horror protagonists of all time. The single complaint I have with The Thing is that the isolation and alien concept lends itself to being compared unfavorably to... another film released around that time we'll get to later (and I'm not talking about ET). The characters, while fun, never quite reach the level of memorability or depth present in it's predecessor. Perhaps leaving room for 10+ gruesome deaths meant leaving some development on the cutting room floor, and that hurts the overall effect, but comes nowhere close to tarnishing it. Absolutely among my favorite horror films, I could watch it every year at Halloween... and in the Winter. It's the go-to classic for all fans of stomach-churning horror effects, but the fear runs so much deeper than mere imagery. It's wonderfully entertaining (if you can get through it on a full stomach)! #thething#johncarpenter#kurtrussell#horror#film#cinema#movie#movies#gravitynauts50favoritemoviesseries
John Carpenter's The Thing OST repress on 180 gram snow white vinyl. One of the best sci-fi/horror films ever made. Extremely stoked on this. This crappy picture doesn't do it justice but trust me @waxworkrecords KILLED it with this one 🔥🔥🔥 #thething#johncarpenter#waxworkrecords#enniomorricone