The Thing

The Thing ★★★★★

Hoop-Tober 3.0 #25
- A Remake and its Original Film: The Remake

With the probable exception of Aliens this is the film I've seen the most times in my life. So to finally get to see it at the cinema with an appreciative audience was a very special occasion for me.

And this incredible excursion into paranoia, body horror and amazing practical effects holds up beautifully. Take out the dated computer graphics and the overly obvious matte paintings of the ship, and this film could almost have been made today. (Except it wouldn't have been, because the producers would have gone for "cheaper" and "better looking" CGI, and we'd all be saying what a shitfest those scenes were).

Tense, atmospheric and nihilistic in tone, John Carpenter's The Thing remains my favourite horror film ever made. It is a masterpiece that was sorely under-appreciated upon release, but one that has thankfully found its cult audience on home video/DVD/Bluray.

But then I'm preaching to the converted, aren't I?

5 "You Gotta Be Fucking Kiddings" for The Thing.

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