The Thing (1982)

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A scientific research station in the Antarctic is seemingly attacked by researchers from a nearby settlement, but things are not quite as they seem.

The Thing is one of the rarest of all breeds; a cinematic remake that is actually better than the original. Easily John Carpenter’s finest moment, he cranks up the suspense mercilessly as the small group of characters are cut off from the outside world, using plot elements from both the original The Thing From Another World and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Clearly influenced by Alien – and clearly influencing Aliens – the sense of paranoia is palpable as no-one knows who they can trust, and Carpenter skilfully and subtly misdirects you as to who is infected rather than using the usual clunky and ham-fisted red herrings that are the staple of the genre. The ensemble cast of paranoid burn outs are all excellent, especially Wilford Brimley as the only one to understand the true implications of their situation and even the dog puts in a convincing performance – I know how that sounds but watch it and you’ll see what I mean!

Featuring another magnificent score by Ennio Moriccone, some wonderful fire and ice coloured cinematography and brilliant animatronic effects that hark from the days before the glorified cartoons that are CGI, The Thing is one of my absolute Halloween favourites.

10/10

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