Oh man, talk about getting the week off to a good start. I know I should save this until the prequel or whatever it is deforms screens in October, but this is just too good not to share and besides I’ve already assimilated some chilling links to share with you in that upcoming review. Today we’re going to digest a detailed and reasonably convincing analysis of one of my favourite film dénouements;
There is a simple trick there, to keep the ending ‘open’ and prompt speculation and debate decades after its initial release, (Inception anyone?) I must have seen this film twenty, thirty times over the years and I’d never noticed the different jackets or the keys – this guy is pretty damn observant. Now of course these can be attributed to mere continuity errors and genuine mistakes which the former may well be, but isn’t that half the fun sometimes, when the inconsistencies actually interact with and enrich a film’s ambiguous qualities? It might be over thinking and attributing designs that weren’t originally intended, but heck that’s what we movie lovers enjoying doing, sometimes it’s more fun that watching the film again in some cases….
So what would you do in MacReady’s situation then? You’d have to torch Childs right? Just to be sure? Either that or you’re running the risk of civilisation falling and your comrade’s deaths being for nothing, I mean you’re both going to freeze to death anyway, whether he’s human or not his fate is sealed. So, you know, you get to spend the last moments of your life freezing to death with the haunting realisation that you’ve just immolated a perfectly fine, heroic colleague, or you save civilisation but the investigative team will probably conclude that you went postal and torched your colleagues, then the camp – now that’s horrific….