Two years after Alien, The Thing came out. Same time as ET. This wonderful horror film bombed at the box-office, but lives on in many horror-fan’s hearts, mine included.
This is possibly my favorite horror film, right there with The Shining and Alien. This was a time with horror films always threw some comedy in it, and it drives me crazy. The Thing does not do that, they play it serious and straight the whole time.
There’s a game I love called Werewolf, this is kinda like that, they are stuck in a place, no escape and one or many could be the ‘bad guy’. Love this kind of thing.,, who do you trust? Can you trust?
The effects are great and practical, and yeah some of them are freaking way out there, but I love it still. You don’t have to make it look perfectly real, but you have to set this up to be believable, and this film does that.
Kurt Russell can do no wrong and man he is awesome in this film.
I really wish this was a 3 hour film and we could stay with the characters more. There are about 12, which is a lot, and in the beginning it is hard to keep track of them all, but that is an extremely small negative to the film.
Go see this film. Love it.