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/
Crisp+crimson+succulent flesh, yielded by free range critters brought up in low pollution areas. Ethical omnivores, unite! Seeing how fast that thing explodes from the hosting body, I'd add a gunky slogan to the niche farming products I'd scheme to dish out to the strictly connoisseur: forget the balut eggs and controversial fetal soups, here're fresh viviparian delights to take you smack into lymph-dripping Arcadia!