The Thing

The Thing ★★★★

I don't know who to trust.
I know what you mean, Blair. Trust's a tough thing to come by these days.

Thanks to my aversion to synthesizer music and my inability to suspend disbelief when it comes to blood and gore, I think it's fair to say that John Carpenter and I are never going to totally get along. But The Thing is truly the exception that proves the rule.

This movie is so many things at once. It's got the "who's the mole?" mystery of an espionage thriller; the "don't let it infect me" hysteria of a zombie movie; the demented creature effects of a Cronenberg flick; the nail-biting suspense of a haunted house horror; and the superior firepower of an old-school Schwarzenegger shoot-em-up (seriously, why do research bases have so many flamethrowers and hand grenades?).

It's all played completely straight with little to no ham, making this the most restrained (and best) performance in the illustrious career of Kurt Russell. And it's also the best John Carpenter film (though, embarrassingly, I still have never seen the original Halloween all the way through). Highly Recommended.

Added to: Top 20 Horror Movies

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