Ein wundervoll klaustrophobischer SciFi-Kammerspiel-Body-Horror-Knaller, der mit seinen grandiosen praktischen Effekten auch heute noch seinesgleichen sucht. Hier hat Carpenter einen zeitlosen Klassiker hingelegt, der heute wie damals bestens funktioniert und unterhält! 9/10
The filmmaking is exemplary. From the foreboding atmosphere created by the isolated setting, pulsing soundtrack & inventive shot compositions, to the grotesque & barely bettered special effects, the film is a masterclass of cinematic form. However, it's the storytelling & its combination of a Hawksian narrative with deeper psychological concerns that gives the film its lasting impact, where fear & paranoia take hold.
John Carpenter makes no fault here when he remakes the film to one of his big idols, Howard Hawks. Excellent music that builds up both the atmosphere and the well written story. Practical effects give the Thing a disgusting look that no CGI effect could ever replace. Even the strange talking Norwegian at the beginning talks acceptable Norwegian for a change.
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.
This is a mix of "Alien" and "Invasion of the body snatchers". However, not as good as these. Mainly of two reasons: (1) no real storytelling; too qiuckly "The Thing" is revealed and therefore it's only about special effects (2) no acting; because not necessary, since the protagonists are more or less running after "The Thing". Solid entertainment tough.
Esta segunda versión del clásico de 1951 es una buena muestra del gran oficio del realizador John Carpenter, quién habilmente combina el horror y la ciencia ficción en una cinta que se destaca por su estupendo manejo del suspenso y la violencia gráfica, resultando esenciales los aportes del maquillador de efectos especiales Rob Bottin, los cuáles siguen luciendo tan logrados (y repugnantes) como hace 35 años.
Rewatch of a restored 35th-anniversary print. How old-fashioned this film is! The lighting/color schemes (all the humans are drab while the alien gore is three dozen different colors), the acting beats, and the incidental music (aside from the main theme) would all be right at home in a '40s-'50s genre film.
Remains for me a benchmark of experiential film-making. A perfect confluence of the elements, technical and textual, that in its black-hearted masculine outpost sets the standard for how lean, simple, genre can remain. A horror where complacency is the evil, and illogical cries of despair might best express our humanity. Pure, a deeply formative work.