The Thing

The Thing ★★★★★


A chill-inducing, hair-raising, brain-splattering, and blisteringly paranoiac horror film of shivery delights and terrifying concepts. The creature effects are second-to-none in their horrific detail, raising every stake of the human drama and slowly escalating the oppressive and icy atmosphere. Along with master DP Dean Cundey, John Carpenter crafts excruciatingly tense and spellbinding imagery, fueled by the mistrust and the frantic burst of flares. The 80s synthesizers and the prevalent blues of the color palette combine into a visual stunner, easily Carpenter's finest in that regard. Even with its creature-feature roots, John Carpenter's The Thing mutates into something much more melancholic and human.

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