The Thing

The Thing ★★★★★

Most movie taglines tend to be hyperbolic, but really "The ultimate in alien terror" couldn't possibly represent the truth more. The Thing is a master-class in literally every possible way to excel in making a horror film. Because of that, it's a movie that's absolutely timeless.

There's nothing I can say about the film that hasn't been said. There's no missed note, no faulty frame, nothing. The amazing practical effects of the movie and the brilliant production design and Canadian locations make the movie feel absolutely tangible. Ennio Morricone's score is absolutely haunting and evokes the sense of dread so well just about anyone going in blind would assume Carpenter did the score himself.

The cast is awesome too. It's one of those rare horror movies where you can rattle off the character names off the top of your head, which is such a rarity in horror nowadays. In fact you don't really get that ensemble of grown adults getting picked off in horror anymore, outside of Ridley Scott's Alien prequels. We need more of those please Hollywood.

Peak horror, peak sci-fi, peak cinema period.

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