Truly the darkest, hopeless picture ever created. Carpenter's obsession with showing the creature comes from his necessity of proving its existence. There are no more shadows ("Halloween") or fog ("The Fog") to conceal the horror: in "The Thing", Evil is real and it assumes human forms. There's only one smile in the whole picture, given by McReady and Childs in the final sequence, both knowing they will die.
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.
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.
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!
So so so so fucking creepy and gross. Atmosphere was incredible. Some really badass moments as well as some great cinematography. Obviously the famous special effects are still amazing. I definitely need to see way more Carpenter!
Surprisingly pithy horror film, enlivened by Russell's whiskey-swigging, so-cool-he-wears-a-leather-jacket-in-the-freezing-cold nonchalance and a gooey, gory virtuoso display from the now lamentably lost cinema art of animatronics.
Goddamn, shoot me in the eye! 35mm is the only way to watch this brilliant piece of genre cinema. I love the art production, the paranoia, the score, and kurt russell as the lead gives me a reason to live!
In the early part of his career, John Carpenter could do suspense just about better than anyone. This crackerjack paranoid thriller about a group of scientists in a remote Antarctic location who encounter a monster than can take on the form of any living thing, is a testament to his talent for keeping it simple, to maximum effect. Features groundbreaking sfx, and great use of isolated location to create dread.