Reviewed byStibbertVote: 9/10/10
Antarctica, winter 1982. The team on an American research base getsurprised by a couple of mad Norwegians who is chasing a dog with ahelicopter, trying to kill it. All the Norwegians are killed and theAmericans are left with nothing, but a dog, a couple of bodies andquestions. That's the beginning of the greatest horror/thriller filmI've ever seen.
From the very beginning all to the end you feel the tense, paranoidmood. Helpless and alone out in no-mans land. Ennio Morricone wasnominated for a Razzie Award for his score. Why I don't know 'cause asfar as I can see his score is simple, creepy and very good. It reallygets you in the right mood.
The acting is great! The best performance is probably given by the dogwho's just amazing. As for Russell and the others on two legs I can saynothing less.
You may think 1982 and special effects are not the most impressive?Well, think again! You haven't seen it all until you've seen this.Bodyparts falling off and creatures changing forms... Rob Bottin hasdone a great job witch today stands as a milestone is special effectsmakeup.
The movie didn't get a big response when it first hit the big screendue to other alien films at the time and so it's not very well known.In fact you can almost consider it an unknown movie. Nobody I've askedhave heard of it. However the movie has managed to survive for overtwenty years as a cult film on video and DVD. Twenty years is a longtime and except for the haircut the movie is still pretty much up todate. This movie is to be considered a classic.
The movie is without doubt one of my, if not my favorite. I've seen itseveral times, but it's just as good as the first time I saw it. As aNorwegian the only thing I don't like about this movie is that MacReadykeeps calling the Norwegians swedes!
Reviewed byThe_WoodVote: 10/10/10
John Carpenter's The Thing is hands down the best horror film ever made. Not only that, but it is also on of my personal favorite films of all time. What makes the movie so great? It's hard to put my finger on it. Everything just seems to work in The Thing, it's one of the rare occasionswhere everything just seems to fall in place. The film is even superior toAlien in creating a type of moody atmospheric hell. The fact that it's notonly about the gore (which is wonderful btw), but it is able to create aparanoia that is unmatched in films. A truly wonderful film that isworshiped by all horror buffs, and anyone who has good taste infilms.
Reviewed byGafkeVote: 10/10/10
This is another one of those films that I remember staying up late towatch on TV, scaring the crap out of myself at the impressionable ageof 12 or so and dooming myself thereafter to a life of horror movieobsession. This is a GREAT movie, and stands as living proof that therewere indeed realistic effects before CGI.
Set on an isolated base in Antarctica, this version seems almost topick up where the original version (The Thing From Another World) leftoff. The American scientists discover a decimated Norwegian base somemiles distant. Everyone is dead, and only the half charred remains ofsome unidentifiable thing left to smolder outside the compound mightoffer any answers to what may have happened. The Thing is brought backto the American base and, too late, the scientists realize that it isalive and lethal. The Thing thaws out and is off, not only killinganyone and anything that crosses Its path, but also absorbing them,making Itself into whoever and whatever it wants. The film then turnsinto a brilliant paranoia piece. Everyone is suspect, anyone can be TheThing, and no one trusts anyone anymore. Gone is the strength andsecurity found when human beings band together in spite of theirdifferences to battle a monster. The group splinters and fear rulessupreme. Who is the Thing?
The gore effects here are absolutely amazing and messily realistic. Icould have done without the dogs head splitting open like a bananapeel, but that's just the animal lover in me being picky: kill all thehumans you want, but leave the kitties and puppies alone. Sanity andreason disintegrate rapidly as, one by one, the humans are taken overby the shapeshifting alien. The power of this film lies in itsparanoia, and although I liked the original version, I prefer this one;the real threat lies within, and is scarier for the fact that it cannotbe seen or easily detected. When it is forced out of hiding, it's wrathis huge and the results are horrific.
This is one of Carpenters best films, right up there with The Fog andHalloween. All of the actors give strong, realistic performances andthe special effects are so powerful that they stand as their own maincharacter. This film has something for any lover of the horror genre.Don't miss it.
An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realises that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don't know who may already have been taken over.