Movie Eighty One
The Thing has been one of my favorite horror movies for as long as I’ve liked horror movies and for a movie that’s as old as I am, it’s held up extraordinarily well.
We have seen many many MANY horror movies come and go between 1982 and today. We’ve even had another Thing movie (which I have yet to see). Even the special effects for The Thing have stood the test of time.
Set in Antartica, a dog being chased by Norwegians that are trying to kill it stumbles upon a group of researchers. The dog, as it so happens, is really an alien that can change the DNA of its host and take over. Soon after, the Dog-Thing wreaks total havoc and no one can be trusted for who they really are.
Without the completely isolated setting and small ensemble cast, The Thing simply wouldn’t work as well it does. There is little hope for the crew surviving, and even if they do they are stranded. This creates an incredible tension that always leaves me on the edge of my seat, even though I know exactly what will happen next.
The Thing is one of those movies that I could watch just about any time. I decided to watch it this time around for three reasons: I had just purchased the Blu-Ray on the cheap, it was Friday the 13th and I wanted something scary-ish to watch, and Bizzam blogged about Kurt Russell and I thought he died and then decided I needed to watch a Kurt Russell movie. I’m glad I did.
I give it 4 frosty bearded Kurt Russells out of 5.