Tuesday, July 14, 2009
John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)
Hail to the fucking incredibly awesome shape-shifting aliens that take over science bases in Antarctica. This movie is truly one of the scariest movies I have seen. This horror classic takes place in Antarctica at a research lab/camp sort of compound. The antagonist in this movie is called a thing because it has the capability to... ingest people and animals and then fully imitate and basically become them. So the whole movie is basically whodunit... rather a whoisit to find out who the thing really is. Watching this movie you'll be constantly trying to figure out who it really is and there's even a point in which you might think Kurt Russel's character 'Mac' is the thing. This movie is way, way too good to give away all the good parts. However, I will say that my favorite scene involves a spidery sort of incarnation of the thing followed by the phrase that anyone watching the movie must be thinking. "You've got to be fucking kidding me". I'd watched this movie once before many years ago and spider-thing was the one thing that stuck out in my mind. It's the caliber of gore that would give some people nightmares. With this movies incredible goodness, John Carpenter we salute you!