I hadn't seen this in years and years. It has a truly pulpy charm to it. This film throws so much at you to see what sticks. Some of it is great. Some is really, really dumb. Some of it is super racist. This gives the film an inconsistency of tone and character, but it's also never boring. They literally don't make movies like this any more.
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.
This wonderful film is the closest Wes Anderson has come to making an epic. Part-The Rules of the Game and part-The Great Dictator, it's a paean to the gentile Old World of Anderson's imagination, yet notes the impossibility of the dream and the contributions of diversity and immigrants. Ralph Fiennes' M. Gustav is a remarkable creation and one of the most well-realized comic characters in recent cinema.