The movie can be read on multiple levels. One interpretation I favour is that imitation is more and more prevalent in our media-saturated world, where people imitate their idols and hang onto every vacuous tweet. Identity too, has continued to be a theme in Carpenter's work, in for instance. Trust too, or lack of it, is an ongoing concern. At one point MacReady wearily tells his audio log (and the fact that he can only confide to a machine speaks volumes and is something far too many of us do today), "Nobody trusts anybody now." It doesn't come any harsher or blunter than that. Nigel Kneale is also a big influence: the Martians are hidden among us in , buried deep in our subconscious.
Join us for a demo & play through of the game The Thing Infection at Outpost 31. We will play through the game, as well as offering a 10% on ALL board games and provide pizza.
About the Game:
It is the start of the bleak, desolate Antarctic winter when a group of NSF researchers manning the claustrophobic, isolated U.S. Outpost 31 comes into contact with a hostile extraterrestrial lifeform. Bent on assimilating Earth's native species, this being infiltrates the facility — creating a perfect imitation of one of the Outpost 31 crew. The staff frantically begin a sweep of the base, desperate to purge this alien infection before escaping to warn McMurdo Station that somewhere, out there in the frigid darkness, something horrible is waiting.
In the hidden identity game The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, you will relive John Carpenter's sci-fi cult classic in a race to discover who among the team has been infected by this heinous lifeform. Play as one of twelve characters as you lead a series of investigations through the facility using supplies and equipment to clear the building. The tension mounts and paranoia ensues as you question who you can trust in the ultimate race to save humanity!
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