Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Thing (1982)

Director: John Carpenter

Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, T.K. Carter, Richard Masur

In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot and the camp doctor lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.

I really do like the original movie. The creature is more of a man in a suit. For back in the day, it was a scary movie. Now here we are with a remake of the 1951 original movie and a name change. The original movie was called The Thing from Another World, and they just shortened it to The Thing. The first movie was more of a sci-fi movie, while this movie was more of a horror movie. The creature(s) in this movie are a lot more terrifying than any other monster/alien for the period of time. They were just busting out of nowhere. You think that a person is human, but it starts to turn into one of these monsters trying to transform into a duplicate of the person.

The make-up work for this movie was some of the best that I have seen to date. The transformation from a human to one of these creatures mutating to escape their "enemy". The detail in the creature is extremely imaginative. Up until this movie, there had not been special effects like this in any movie, at least not to my knowledge. You have heads separating themselves from their bodies, and torsos opening up to bite off another person's arms. It is so out there.

This movie scared the hell out of me when I was a child. It is still one of the best horror movies ever made. It has become a classic. If you have never seen this movie, then what in the hell are you waiting for? It is so worth watching over and over again. It is a movie that will be a nice addition to your movie collection. Enjoy.

The Thing (1982) Trailer

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