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Why did “The Thing” (1982) bomb at the box office

Today, "The Thing" is considered a science fiction classic, but when it was released in 1982, audiences and critics were repulsed. Why was "The Thing" so hated by moviegoers? Well, it was thanks to a weird combination of factors including the film's cynicism, 1982's sci-fi saturation, and director Steven Spielberg.

The Thing
The Thing From Another World
Escape From New York
Assault on Precinct 13
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
TRON
Poltergeist (1982)
Halloween (1978)

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In the “Virgin Spring,” what is the significance of Max von Sydow’s struggle with a tree

After Töre (Max von Sydow) is informed that his daughter Karin (Birgitta Pettersson) has been murdered, he heads out to chop down a young tree with his sword. However, in a fit of rage, he takes the tree down with his bare hands. Like Karin, the tree is brought down in the prime of its youth. Töre then uses the branches to flog himself as punishment, not for sins that he has committed, but for the sins he will commit when he exacts vengeance on his daughter’s killers.

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