The Thing

The Thing ★★★★★

Why don't we just wait here for a little while, see what happens.

To this day, John Carpenter's The Thing scares me, and I don't scare easily. The Thing scares me, not just on a physical level, but psychologically. Carpenter starts things out pretty tamely, giving you a sense of the camaraderie shared by the characters. Then as things slowly start to go to hell, that feeling of safety turns into fear, suspicion, terror, and finally desperation. It goes without saying that I love the effects, but the Thing is most terrifying when it resembles the familiar. Carpenter builds a mood of non-stop paranoia, as the characters play mind games with each other until they succumb to madness. The whole film is a mind game to the viewer, one that stays with you long after it ends.

I'm delighted I got to lose myself watching this in a packed theater.

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