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Films to See Before You Die: #43 The Thing


The Thing (1982)

Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Richard Masur

Synopsis: An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog explodes, eventually leaving no explanation for the chase. They decide to go to the Norwegian camp to see what is going on over there, they send the camp doctor and helicopter pilot R.J. Macready (Kurt Russell). They find that the camp has been mostly destroyed and all of the other inhabitants are dead in quite a gruesome fashion, they also find a strange burned mash up of two men. They arrive with the specimen and they start to do an autopsy. That evening the dog begins to act strangely and then mutates into an alien creature that starts to consume the other dogs, they quickly learn that this thing is afraid of fire. They realize that this thing is able to perfectly copy the person or animal it consumes and looks to be setting its sights to other parts of Earth. In order to stop this thing they must all work together to stop it before it is able to escape.

Trivia: This film is considered a benchmark in the field of special makeup effects. These effects were created by Rob Bottin, who was only 22 when he started the project. John Carpenter and Kurt Russell both admit that after all of these years they still do not know who has been replaced by the creature and when.

Why I think you should see this: This is the second and by far the best collaboration between Kurt Russell and John Carpenter. This has to be one of the scariest films ever made it still gives me chills even though I know whats going to happen. One of my favourite horror films and also just a really good film. Kurt Russell is great in this film but this is a film that thrives mainly because of it’s claustrophobic environment and superb visual effects for its time. Check this one out especially if you are a horror buff.

About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

3 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #43 The Thing

  1. One Of The Best Sci-Fi/Horror Flicks OF ALL TIME!
    They Simply Don’t Make Them Like This Anymore. PERIOD.
    Love It LOVE IT!
    Excellent Choice, Fo SHO!!!

  2. jmount43 ⋅

    Absolute Classic that was unfairly maligned upon its initial release but which is now considered one of the all time greats.

  3. Love this one
    I actually just started reading the short story this was based on

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