The Thing


At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.

The initial plot is nothing revolutionary; we’ve all seen the ‘something weird is found in the middle of nowhere and we want to check it out’ plot be used a million times, but the way it’s portrayed and the creatures, with a Lovecraftian look to them, make it worthwhile.

This movie ends where the 1982 The Thing starts. I don’t remember the original film by John Carpenter, either because I didn’t watch it, or because I repressed the memory of having watched it. Carpenter’s films have the knack to be either very good or incredibly bad (Ghosts of Mars, anyone?) – there’s no middle ground with his stuff.

I plan see it soon; I want to know how the rest of the story goes, and from what I hear, the original The Thing qualifies for the better half of Carpenter’s movies.


2 thoughts on “The Thing

  1. Are you serious?? 🙂 It’s not my favourite Carpenter movie ever but The Thing is widely regarded as one of the best horror movies of all time! Go watch it! Plus, it has Kurt Russel!
    Another movie based on the same novella is the 1950s The Thing From Another World, another great movie and a classic in its own right! You’re probably familiar with these lines already: “Watch the skies, keep watching the skies!”
    Ghosts of Mars is hardly Carpenter… not sure what happened to all his talent in this later part of his career. I still have hopes he makes a big comeback one day though!

  2. I watched the original one last week (am in a horror movies/books/boardgames phase) and it was quite good. The special effects were still okay, barring a couple of scenes.

    I thought the new The Thing was more suspenseful than this one, though. 😛

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