The Thing… and age appropriate films for kids October 8, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I’ve been putting the creature through a course of original horror films (courtesy in part of JM who comments here). Now, let’s get this clear. She’s eight so when I say original, I mean early, I mean black and white (already the cry goes up – from her… “it’s black and white!”. That’s horror enough it appears. And not in a scary way) but some resonate and others, not so much. For example. Dracula and the Wolfman were enjoyed. Frankenstein likewise.
But… The Thing from Another World – I mean of course the Howard Hawks version, not the later… John Carpenter…erm… gore fest – well, that got a big thumbs down…
I love the bit in it where they open the door on the creature and then slam it shut again. It’s just so what someone would do in real life. But nah, didn’t like it. Wasn’t impressed. Now in fairness the lack of women characters is an issue, but oddly, Hawks did attempt to address that. Part of the complaint was that the film would see everyone talked to death due to so much dialogue.
What on earth will she make of the Carpenter version when she finally gets to see that?
Speaking of which she’s mighty interested in the horror and thriller sections in DVD shops. Doesn’t want to watch them, of course. Really disliked the cover of Alien. But there are oddities. For example, Buffy is a big favourite, yet Buffy is chock a block filled with horror tropes. Granted the general air of humour does blunt them but there’s scary stuff, and more importantly scary concepts in there. Yet not a bother (some episodes she won’t see for a few years – I hardly need to point them out). And by contrast a 1970s Doctor Who, about the Autons – plastic humanoid creatures directed by a ‘consciousness’, had her literally hiding behind the sofa.
Listening to an Incomparable podcast the other day one of those on it said how his thirteen year old daughter and nine year old son had watched Alien with him one afternoon. I was thinking that nine was very young to see it – though the contributor noted it was only in the last hour of the film that his son showed any great interest.
I kind of use Common Sense Media as a guide, sort of – usually knocking a few years off ages (Alien – 15+, Doctor Who – 10+, Buffy – 13+, etc, etc) . What do people think?