No one trusts anyone, evil lurks everywhere and there is no escape. A science fiction story that is at the same time, a parable about human relations in conditions of risk. A classic Carpenter achievement that surpassed the decades and remains brilliant and scary.
The great opening promises a movie in which psychological tension serves as a vehicle for horror but it takes by surprise when everything that was promised and fulfilled ends altered with some of the most groundbreaking makeup effects. Lovecraftian feel for isolation and bestiality are yet another attributes that earned this flick a status of cult classic for sci-fi/horror genre.
Top Ten countdown – #8 The most terrifying film there is. Carpenter reduces all elements—save for the violence—to the basics: an empty hellscape, simple characterizations, minimalist soundtrack, an exactitude and precision in shots that's unrivaled. We're the thing(s) and all its/our terrors, evil has always been here and we're the mask that covers it. No morality or hope is left, only a pit, and inside it our end.
I found the instrumental music a little over the top at times and as you can see the thing is enough to put you off your dinner. It had an alien feel to it but alien wins for me. Althought the concept of taking over a host is good one! But nothing a flame thrower can't sort out!
A film about paranoia, trust, alien parasites and some of the best body horror your likely to see outside Cronenberg territory in the middle of the Antarctic. Completely slated by the critics at the time of release because it wasn't E.T. and that was the only alien that was allowed at the time. For shame! Rightfully over time it take's it's place as a definitive cult horror classic.
I saw The Thing fifty times. The vast desolate bleak white landscape surrounded in a fog of a cold lethal menacing claustrophobic doom of fear for the Unknown and the external hazerdeous threat of a shapeshifting alien force out to invade the bodies of unsuspecting paranoid masculin men who are ready to devour one and other for self preservation. And there's a monster lurking.
A big surprise for me. Never would I have expected how well made, contemplative, calm, horrific but also beautiful this movie is. The actors do exactly what they have to in their roles. I love how they are not overloaded with nonsensical side plots or annoying clichés. The directing and staging is brilliant as is the suspense that this horror classic so masterfully creates.
I never quite got the sense that the monster was the unstoppable force of nature that the movie wanted it to seem like, and that's really the only thing holding this movie back imo because the special effects are unreal and the interpersonal tension is fantastic
I'm not very fond of the horror genre overall (I'm slowly working on it), but this was such a great movie. The soundtrack really took the overall bleak and paranoid atmosphere to the next level. The amount of violence, jump scares, and grotesque effects was just the right amount.