The Damned Thing Review
Country : USA
Running Time: 60 minutes
Tobe Hooper tackles the latest in Showtime's popular horror anthology series.
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
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’.
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.
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