The Thing, American movie (1982)

If there is one thing (pun intended) that I like in horrormovies, it is a good monster. The more disgusting or horrifying a creature is, the better I like it. Yes, I can be weird that way but really, honestly I am a nice guy. Yes, I would not have believed myself after a comment like that either. Okay, moving on. Director John Carpenter has certainly made some of my favorite alltime horrormovies. Halloween, Christine and Prince of Darkness are just some examples of his talent for making great and chilling films, that will scare the life out of you. Sadly he has not been having such a great track record recently. His last film, The Ward dates back to 2010, and is a mostly forgettable experience. Luckily we still have his old movies to rewatch and enjoy, and the film I am about to review will always be my absolute favorite film made by this director.

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Talk to the hand really doesn’t work in this case…

In the icy cold of Antarctica we see a domestic dog running across the snowy landscape. This in itself would not be such a strange sight, were it not for the fact that a helicopter from a Norwegian camp is in hot pursuit. The dog manages to reach an American research station, where it’s occupants are roused by the noise outside. The helicopter has meanwhile settled down on the ice, and one of it’s male passengers comes out guns blazing at the terrified dog. The pilot of the chopper accidentally blows himself up, while trying to throw a thermite charge. Eventually the shooterΒ gets killed by a member of the research station. The dog is taken in by the bewildered Americans, that are left wondering what in blazes would cause two grown men to act the way they did. The members of the research station send out their helicopter pilot MacReady together with a doctor to the Norwegian station in order to get some answers. However what they are going to find out is something more terrible than they could have imagined. A thing that is not of this world has taken refuge amongst them…..

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Man’s best friend….yeah …right….

The Thing is quite possibly one of the best horrormovies ever made. There are so many reasons that make this movie an alltime classic that it is almost impossible to name them all. But I will at least give you some of the most important ones. For one thing it’s the characters, most notably MacReady, played by a young Kurt Russell. With The Thing being able to take on any living form whatsoever, paranoia soon begins to run rampant across the station. MacReady seems to be the only one that keeps a level head, despite his colleagues that seem to mistrust pretty much everyone. Kurt does an excellent job in portraying this desperation, but he is also the true hero of this film. Russell has always excelled at playing characters that are a bit of a loner and anti-hero, and this role is no exception.

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Hey, pssst….look behind you…..

Another thing (yes these puns keep on coming, but are also unavoidable really), that is the main reason to watch this movie are the truly horrific special effects. This was an era that had no CGI effects to speak off, so all of the effects you see are practical. But they are no less impressive, or disgusting for that matter. The monster itself, in all it’s different shapes and forms is a truly horrific creature. Some of the designs seem to have come straight out of the deepest pits of hell, and are amazing to look at. Even after all these years, the effects still hold up, and manage to outdo many modern day horrorfilms.

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Yes, I know, this picture is truly disgusting….you don’t have to tell me that.Β 

Last but definitely not least is the story itself, that manages to truly cause a frightening atmosphere. With a creature that is able to take on any human form, simply everyone can be the monster. And that is the true strength of this film. Who can you trust? Director John Carpenter plays masterfully with this intriguing feature, with characters that slowly become more and more paranoid of each other, with every waking second. If you are a fan of horrormovies, and have yet to see this true classic I urge you to track this one down as soon as you can. It is a film that will have you in it’s clutches throughout the entire runtime, and will have moments that will leave you gasping for air. In 2011 a prequel film for this movie was made, that received some very negative reviews. But in my opinion those were pretty unfair, as I found the prequel to be every bit as enjoyable. But that is a story for another time.

I give The Thing a 10 out of 10 score.

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41 thoughts on “The Thing, American movie (1982)”

  1. Like a lot of people will mention..it’s of course a cult classic for good reasons..it’s a brilliant movie adapted from an equally interesting story from the novel ‘Who Goes There’ by John W. Campbell. Although it’s been adapted several other times, this is one of my favourite body horror movies I own and have watched countless times. The subtle humour and eerie tense music is so simple yet effective which is more astonishing for not having the special effects of C.G.I. it really didn’t need it as it has aged so beautifully and morphed in it’s own way of sheer brilliance. I do trust you..but just to be on the safe side..”why don’t we just wait here for a little while, see what happens”? ☺

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    1. Haha…yes let’s do that…or maybe I should just take a little blood and heat it up a bit 😊 Seriously though, I couldn’t agree more. This movie has aged amazingly well, and will be a movie that I pick up every few years to rewatch again. The serie atmosphere and bonechillimg music is what makes it even better. The prequel I thought was done well too, even though it received some very negative press. I especially liked the end for it, which I’m not going to spoil here, but I thought that was done quite well 😊

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    1. Yes, I agree. This is one of those movies that I pick up from time to time to rewatch it. It never gets boring and is simply a timeless classic. The prequel I thought was pretty well made. For one thing most of the special effects were practical as well, and the end of the movie, which I won’t spoil here, was seriously cool. I might be doing a post for that one somewhere next week. Just have to rewatch it again to bring back some memories 😊

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  2. love this movie and the prequel, and dont understand the hate it gets. Had a conversation with a guy about it a while back who told me it was lacking the suspense of the original. Don’t think I agree, at least not without context. Hard to have the suspense if you already know what is happening. Both great films

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    1. I could not agree with you more. The thing I liked about the prequel is the fact that most of the special effects used were practical, and ofcourse that seriously goosebump inducing ending. I will probably do a post about the prequel somewhere next week. I first want to rewatch the movie since it’s been a pretty long time ago since I have last seen it. But I totally agree I can’t understand the hate for it either. It’s just one of those things that can’t be explained I guess.

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  3. I can’t put into words how much I love this film.

    Even though I’ve watched The Thing more times than I’ve had hot dinners, I still feel the tension and paranoia whenever I watch it. A masterpiece.

    I completely agree with you and John about the prequel, I can’t understand why people disliked it so much. I really enjoyed it and I thought it tied into the original brilliantly.

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    1. Haha, well I think you just put it into words quite well right here 😊 I totally agree, seeing it two days ago, I felt that same tension again. The dark atmosphere, the eerie music, and the great acting by Kurt all make this a truly amazing movie. I will be doing a post on the prequel next week, but as I said to John I want to rewatch this one first again😊 In my opinion it really is highly underrated and I think it needs a good review to prove that 😊

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    1. So true 😊 I have seen a special on how the effects were created and it is so much cooler than the way they ate pretty much doing everything by computer these days. This just continues to be awesome no matter how you look at it 😊

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  4. You mentioned this in one of your earlier lists, didn’t you? Definitely sounds like a classic horror movie (that I need to watch, get in line).

    Also, how’d a cute lil dog turn into that…thing? Pun wholly intended.

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    1. Yes, this one was on my favorite creature feature movies listπŸ˜€ I recently rewatched it (got that weird urge again lol), so I just had to do a post on it. Yep…..how did that cute lil dog change into that…..erm…wel….you see, the THING is: I have never trusted dogs πŸ˜‚

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      1. Haha…have you ever seen Cujo? Let me tell you, if you have seen that film: you would seriously rethink that statement lol πŸ˜‚ No cats can be seriously scary too πŸ˜‚ I’m a fish person honestly…and no I’m not talking about Jaws here πŸ˜‰
        Off topic: WordPress is seriously weird today: I just published a post that doesn’t show up in the reader: I can’t see comments in the reader version of Karandi’s blog…seriously has WordPress entered another dimension that somebody forgot to tell me about? πŸ˜‚

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      2. No but dude, I have two adorable balls of fluff in my home that reminds me every day that yes, dogs are cute af. (Though I did watch Breeds and lemme tell ya, I’ll never look at German Shepherds the same way ever again).

        WordPress has been screwing me over for about a week actually. The website version doesn’t load my notifications and the reader seems to get stuck at times. Maybe it really is in another dimension…)

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      3. Haha….okay, okay….some dogs are cute, I will admit as much 😊 Lol, I know what you mean: that definitely is a film that will not see you petting German Shepherds…ever….again πŸ˜‚
        So it’s not only me huh? Hmmm…annoying though…Will check the news if WordPress has actually entered another dimension. Will keep you…erm…posted 😊

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      4. …my grandpa has two of them though. Both are huge and fierce and absolute softies when you pet them. I can’t help it, I’m weak to puppy eyes. Plus big dogs are great to hug.

        I’m just contradicting myself at this point, aren’t I?

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  5. I should’ve been warned when you say you love disgusting and ugly monster and yet I am scrolling through your post not realizing that there will be a picture of a really ugly monster that will give me nightmares for days.. haha… my eyes get watery after seeing it.. I think it’s just a coincidence, but that monster is truly ugly. I’m glad you enjoyed the movie though πŸ™‚

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    1. Lol, well I could have posted even worse pictures, but I did not want to give too many nightmares or have people unfollowing my blog because of that lol πŸ˜‚ Sorry for the picture, but yes this movie is a true horrorclassic. Warning in advance, next week the prequel movie for this will get a review. I will restrain myself for posting too many scary pictures 😊 Thanks for your great comment πŸ˜€

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  6. Great post for a true classic! 😊 John Carpenter’s a genius. Halloween, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China, In The Mouth of Madness are all amongst my all-time favourites. The Thing is of course, inimitable! Kurt Russell is just an amazing action star, and is still rockin’ iconic characters like Stuntman Mike today.

    You’re so right about the effects. I’m always in awe of the practical effects back in the 80s, which was the prime decade for the monster genre. Like you said, modern horror can hardly compare! πŸ™‚

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    1. Kurt Rusell has always been one of my favorite actors. It’s great to see him appear in so many movies again the past few months. As for John Carpenter a true legend. I might do a post about him somewhere later this month featuring some of his best movies 😊

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    1. Yes, this one really is a lot of fun. Even though it has been made years ago, it isn’t dated at all, abd still every bit as powerful as when it came out. A great movie, I hope you will enjoy it 😊

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      1. Yes, totally agreed even though at that time the technology not as advanced like nowadays. Thank you for the suggestion and good reviews as alwaysπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‰

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  7. I love this film. I think my favorite part is when they are touring the Norwegian camp, seeing the aftermath and wondering “what happened here?” That vague sense of foreboding is brilliant.

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    1. Completely true. It is the atmosphere that is pretty much created right from the start, that is so great about this film. That sentence is really cool, and helps set the tone for the things to come 😊 This movie will always be one of my favorite horrormovies πŸ˜€

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      1. Yeah. In many ways I love “setting as the monster”, like the earlier parts of the Thing, Event Horizon, or Silent Hill, where there’s this clear sense of “something terrible happened here” mixed in with “is this ‘something’ still here? Is it coming back?” A passive environment as threat is probably my favorite form of threat.

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words, appreciate it. The Thing really is one of my alltime favorite horrormovies, and one that I watch every few years or so. Even though it’s more than 30 years old now, it has withstood the test of time very well 😊

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