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.
Rob Bottin is a genius. FX-wise, this movie has few peers. Sadly, I wasn't really into the human characters that much. And, riddle me this: does The Thing actually have all these people's personalities imprinted for all eternity in its consciousness(es) ... like it can archive them and pull them up like some kind of bio-library of lost souls whenever it wants to? It's granting a form of immortality ... isn't it?
A basic but well executed infection plot that seeds paranoia and distrust among people who are forced into close proximity. Plus creepy, frightening, and nauseatingly grotesque creature effects. An interesting choice to feature a star with bankable good looks and charisma and then hide http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/film/the-thing/