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Winter is Dark: The Thing

(Rated MA15+)

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Winter is Dark: A Gin & Film Festival

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A group of American scientists undertaking an expedition in the blistering cold of the Antarctic discover an evil force that has the ability to shape-shift into whatever creature it kills. The team must work together to stop this alien life-form from destroying everything in its path, including them, but paranoia takes hold as they realise that they can’t be sure of who has already been infected, and they begin to turn on one another.

Why You Should See This Film

This is one of those films that was slammed by critics when it was first released but has since gained a huge cult following. Roger Ebert deemed it a “great barf-bag movie” and many other critics rejected it for its gore, preferring instead the much cuter and friendlier alien film that was released a few weeks earlier, Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. However, to this day the film is watched by devoted fans and annually by members of the winter crew at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, British Antarctic research stations, and scientific personnel at the Summit Camp on the apex of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Fun fact: there is a character named ‘Mac’ and another named ‘Windows’, but since the film was made in 1982, this is purely coincidental.

Winter is Dark: A Gin & Film Festival

To celebrate the darker side of the seasons, join our friends at Four Pillars Gin for Winter is Dark: A Gin & Film Festival. Throughout the month of August, we're bringing you a program of dark cult films covering the genres of comedy (Harold & Maude, Fargo), romance (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Only Lovers Left Alive), drama (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Force Majeure) and horror (The Exorcist, The Thing). And of course, every week gets a Bloody Shiraz Gin cocktail to match.

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  • Year: 1982
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter
  • Duration: 109 minutes
  • Language: English
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