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Turns out I've never reviewed this which is unfortunate. However, I'm not surprised as behemoths of horror cinema like this become harder and harder to review as they crystallize into something larger than the film canon they originated from.
The Thing is one of those horrors where any review grows to involve its impact in cinema. Its 5-stars incapsulate the movies its influenced, the nostalgia its bred, the pop culture language its created, and the personal connections/memories its formed...the ratings…
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Um, so apparently everyone is giving this middling reviews as if it isn't a late 80s powerhouse with an amazing cast and full of witchy New England atmosphere. I guess I have to break it down for everyone.
The witch trope, as an inherently female character, is bent in either two ways in our collective mythos: as a condemnation of women being shrewish hags terrorizing men OR as the embodiment of womanhood free of patriarchy. Eastwick…