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.
Starts off feeling oddly staid, but builds to a point of viscerally-felt isolation. The prosthetics and stop-motion are flat-out awesome and the soundtrack is deservedly iconic. A damn good horror sci-fi that comes close to allowing me to enjoy traditional manly masculinity [on film at least].
Although it's an interesting film, it hasn't aged well. There seems to be no substance beneath the display of technique and the visual effects. Besides, the issue of simulacra, the impossibility of trust and the imminent destruction of a nation by the works of an enemy from within - complex themes related to the 80s and the Cold War era - goes unexplored. John Carpenter's film has horror alright, but lacks suspense.
If the simplest desire for a movie is to entertain the viewer than The Thing deserves all the praise it gets and more. An amazingly dark, shocking, disgusting, and funny movie. The practical effects are as good as they come and the tension between the characters is uncomfortably thick. A must watch and a classic in every sense.