The Thing ★★★★½

This was a ridiculously overdue rewatch, to the point where I think I've actually seen pretty much every other Carpenter film in the interval between viewings. I was actually half-thinking I might not even remember how this one plays out, since my only previous viewing was an exhausted, hungover one 10+ years ago, but it turns out The Thing has the power to sear itself into the brain of even the most broken individuals and this was like being reacquainted with an old friend, albeit one who might turn out to be a gloopy killing machine in disguise.

I don't have a huge amount to say about the film itself; the effects are up there with the best ever, the snowy cinematography is gorgeous, and I would also 100% trust that nice dog, even now. This doesn't quite displace The Fog and In the Mouth of Madness as my favourites from Carpenter but it's definitely on the same level.