Best advert for tangible, gooey effects over CGI I've ever seen. I just wish that the characters had been better defined- didn't even manage to learn any of their names (except Kurt Russell's) by the time the credits started to roll. Although it was a great ending.
When I think of the term 'movie magic', John Carpenter's The Thing is one of the many films that's always springs to mind. Everything about The Thing is pure entertainment of the highest caliber. Much like one of the Thing's tentacles. this film just reels you in and doesn't let go until it's considerably bold conclusion. Paranoia runs rampant in this film always quietly bubbling until it reaches its breaking points that's surprise and frighten you as much as it…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Thing, John Carpenter’s remake of the Howard Hawks film The Thing from Another World and, more directly, of John W. Campbell’s novel Who Goes There?, builds horror with the intensity of any paranoia thriller (specifically the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers), but mixes in visceral, inventive imagery that makes it unique. The film depicts a twelve-person crew in a research outpost in Antarctica, who are beset by a somewhat-invisible alien life form that can kill and…
Cinema Horrorama #84
[Una confesión antes de empezar bien: siendo yo un niño no se me permitía ver películas de terror con el pretexto de que se me podía pervertir (o algo así, mi familia siempre fue muy religiosa). Por lo tanto casi mi único recuerdo de terror en pantalla se reduce a ver a escondidas Los Expedientes Secretos X. Es ahora que en estos momentos, a mis veintitantos años de edad, ando en la tarea de ver todos esos…
Yep still good just checking.
John Carpenter's The Thing has stood the test of time for over three decades, something which should be regarded as a testament of the film's quality by itself. This timeless masterpiece is not only gripping, tense, and unceasingly terrifying, but also a prime example of how horror should be done.
What separates The Thing from other films of the genre is, in my opinion, its brilliant writing. The plot is pretty straightforward - an American research team in the frozen…
The Thing is a horrifying movie. In a time when the horror genre was coming into its own with what would become classic slasher icons the likes of Jason & Michael, John Carpenter had created something in the Thing like nobody had seen before or really after for that matter. Some of the movie works much like a body snatchers type story with paranoia that the man beside you isn't what he seems to be. However, when the creature inside lets…
I watched this movie as part of John Carpenter's "Apocalypse Trilogy" at the Prince Charles Cinema which comprised of:
1) The Thing (1982)
2) Prince Of Darkness (1987)
3) In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
The Thing is undoubtedly a horror classic and deservedly so. I found the alien being inspired by and almost as scary as the one in "Alien" if not even more scary! The main conceit of a shape-shifting creature is inspired and feeds straight into an…
Kurt brings the hurt on some evil, gloopy motherfuckin' space octopi and fries some of his pals for sport along the way. In all seriousness though this was a film crafted (and I mean crafted) with the a deep feel for the relationship between suspense and unknowing, manifesting both visually and aurally as a series of statements and implications for which the viewer much digest and test the strength of his stomach. Lilly livered mommas boys must avoid.
Narrative - Lean and mean
Photography - Masterfully oppressive
Special effects - Nothing needs to be said
Kurt's Jaw - Ditto
TRILOGIA DELL'APOCALISSE #1
Oggi forse fanno sorridere i due piccoli spiegoni a mezzo computer, ma il resto è sempre il classico inaffondabile che tutti conoscono.
John Carpenter's The Thing is terrifying, intense, unpredictable and completely crazy. Perfectly directed and written, The Thing grabs you with each minute and leaves you wondering and speculating. The characters are all so well-written and the story is so smart and it will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire run-time. While there are some underdeveloped charcaters, The Thing is scary and intense as hell.
I regret not having watching this movie earlier. It is true what people the say, the practical effects stand up amazingly today. While they look slightly wobbly and weird, this actually only adds to their otherworldly quality, they look alien.
Another thing that amazed was the economy of the plot. There are no subplots, everything is in the service of moving the main narrative forward.
It also might be the most effective portrayals of paranoia I have seen on film before.