An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realises that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don’t know who may already have been taken over. —IMDb
John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, his name is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction.
Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, the son of Milton Jean (née Carter) and Howard Ralph Carpenter, a music professor. He and his family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1953. He was captivated by movies from an early age, particularly the westerns of Howard Hawks and John Ford, as well as 1950s low budget horror and science fiction films, such as Forbidden Planet and The Thing from Another World and began filming horror shorts on 8 mm film even before entering high school. He briefly attended Western Kentucky University where his father chaired the music department, but transferred to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1968 and graduated in 1971.
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An intense, incredibly suspenseful film. It doesn't rely on gore alone to scare you, it focuses on creating an astonishingly paranoid atmosphere.When the gore does come, however, it is beautifully appalling.
This movie draws many parallels with Alien (1979), but whereas Alien was about femininity and women's way of survival, The Thing is about desperate, helpless and paranoid men whose alpha male mentality is both their main source of motivation and the primary reason of their failure, which is what makes it the more melancholic one of the two movies.
This is a film from a time when horror (quite ironically) was not about the thing, but the idea. The feeling of uncertainty is incredibly arresting throughout the film, and Carpenter does a masterful job of communicating that concept to viewers. Not too mention how involving the aesthetic is. I don't find the ending "anticlimactic". Instead I choose to believe the filmmakers knew not to drag the film out.
The ending was a bit anti-climactic, but other than that, it's a spectacular film. If the animatronics in a 1982 film (designed by a 22-year-old, I might add) can rival the CGI of today's films, I think people should start using them more. Hellboy II and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy have great animatronics. I'm pretty sure they're more expensive in most cases, but they look so much more real.
It’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.
WINDOWS, WHERE WERE YOU!?!
But seriously, anyone who’s ever owned a husky has considered axe-murdering it once because of this film.