Another movie I hadn’t seen in years, but remembered fondly. The movie freaked me out so much that I was actually a little afraid to revisit it. But the Lovecraft podcast I listen to mentioned it on several occasions, so I figured it was time to check out The Thing again.
An American Antarctic expedition finds themselves facing something much worse than cold weather. A chance encounter with survivors of a Norwegian expedition brings what appears to be a disease into the camp. But it becomes rapidly apparent that some kind of alien creature with the ability to appear human is running amok. The expedition is cut off from the outside world and each member suspects the others of being the invader. How far will these men go to survive the hunt for The Thing. The ensemble cast includes Kurt Russel, Wilford Brimley, Keith David and Donald Moffit.
- Amazing visual effects – a real star of pre CG age
- Balances atmosphere and thrills perfectly
- Beautiful and bleak all at the same time
- The overall grimness of the film may be too much for some viewers
- The dog massacre will upset animal lovers
- Gets really gross with the mutilations
Holy crap is this movie still scary. It’s a great combination of slow building terror and masterful special effects. While the story itself isn’t anything too new, the execution is what makes this work. Carpenter creates a truly bleak film, which has viewers jumping at shadows. Lots of folks say this is his best film – I think I agree with them.
Scores (out of 5)