Not only still great 50 years after it came out, but one of the most important American films of all time. A shocking indictment of a country that devours its own.
Rian Johnson commits the ultimate act of reverence to Lucas’s films with this seeming subversion; he ensures that no one can ever repeat or add to the Skywalker legacy, but everyone can tell their own story “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away.” The Last Star Wars film.
Carpenter's film is such a wonderful science fiction horror, building the suspense to a perfect ending. The setting is sublime in its isolation. The creature effects remain deeply disturbing and uncanny. I can't think of another film that captures Lovecraftian horror as well. A truly great film that stands up to repeat viewings.