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 ready to devour one and other for self preservation. And there's a monster lurking... Loves chess, hates the cold, ...
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.
9 - Carpenter's best work, and one of my favorite horror films of all time. I don't believe that the elements that once characterized him (incredible audiovisual craftsmanship, sharp script, strong philosophical undertones) have ever been as perfectly represented in simultaneity as they are here. All pretenses of civility and morality are utterly obliterated by the raw, primal urge for survival and self-preservation.