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The Damned Thing Review

Cover art Country : USA
Year: 2006
Genre: Horror
Format: Broadcast
Running Time: 60 minutes
Network: Showtime

Tobe Hooper tackles the latest in Showtime's popular horror anthology series.

Credits
Directed by Tobe Hooper. Written by Richard Christian Matheson. Starring Sean Patrick Flannery, Marisa Coughlan, Brendan Fletcher, and Ted Raimi.


Finally, Tobe Hooper gets it right!

‘The Damned Thing’, directed by Tobe Hooper, inspired by Ambrose Bierce's classic short-story and written by Richard Christian Matheson, is the apocalyptic tale of a monstrous force that devastates Sheriff Kevin (Sean Patrick Flanery) Reddle's family and his small Texas town. Marisa Coughlan, Brendan Fletcher, and Ted Raimi co-star.

Almost everyone that began life as a child initially harbored a fear the darkness in the closet, the draft under the bed, and the creepy shapes that their imagination creates of things laying about in an unkempt room. But hey, what if they’re right and something is ready to pounce on them? ‘The Damned Thing’ not only effectively recreates these fears but personifies them in a way that doesn’t undermine them, and then manages to solve the problem in a clever way and demonstrates its effectiveness. This is also the best work Tobe Hooper has done in a long time, even better than his freshman entry in seasons ones ‘Dance of the Dead’.

The Damned Thing

Without giving any major plot points away, ‘The Damned Thing’ is more concept than creature, but his intent and abilities are well known: lurking in the darkness, and only effectively making it’s appearance at the end. It’s a little hard to follow at first, but it makes a twisted kind of sense that, once you get it, you’ll be as impressed with yourself as well as how the effect is used in the short. This is also the bloodiest work I have seen from Tobe since ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’. Just wait until you see the scene where a guy commits suicide with a hammer. OUCH!

A recognizable cast carries the film while Canada does a decent job of mimicking a sleepy Texas town. The addition of a great cast helps shine the light on the story and its title character, and the lack of music in place of creepy sound effects only enhance the mood. ‘The Damned Thing’ manages to scare and shock. If this is any indication on how the series is going to continue, then we have ourselves another winning season, that may just turn out better from the looks of next weeks entry ‘Family’from John Landis. Expect a full review of the series on the Pit weekly.

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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com

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