“The Thing” review
April 8, 2021
“The Thing”, directed by John Carpenter and stars Kurt Russel, Keith David and Wilford Brimley, was released on June 25, 1982, and was widely disliked by audience members and critics. However, as the years progressed, people considered it to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time.
“The Thing” was based on a book called “Who Goes There”, released in 1938 and written by John W. Campbell, and was also a remake of “The Thing From Another World”, which was also an adaptation of the book released in 1951 and directed by Christian Nyby; however, “The Thing” was considered the original, because it was more well known than “The Thing From Another World” and was more faithful to the book.
“The Thing” is about a group of researchers and scientists at an Antarctic base that soon discover that there is an alien among them who can perfectly assume the shape of any living thing, causing tension among the group as they try to survive.
The score for this movie was beautifully composed by John Carpenter and Enion Morricone, causing you to feel a sense of paranoia, never knowing who and who not to trust. John Carpenter never told the actors which one of them were the aliens, so that’s why the actors seem believable and convincing in their role.
The special effects were magnificent. The alien transformations were done very well and are still considered amazing by fans, and always leaves you asking yourself how they did it, especially considering the time the film was made.
Antarctica was a great choice for the location of the movie, adding to the paranoia because of the cold and the large snowy mountains, leaving the crew stranded, making them lose hope, which makes the movie scarier.
“The Thing” is a great movie. The special effects still hold up after 38 years. The acting was amazing, and the movie will have you on the edge of your seat the whole movie.
“Add John Carpenter’s terrific directing, editing, the prosthetics, the music, The Thing is one of the best horror films ever made”, said reviewer Chris Stuckmann