Directed by: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
As a pre-Halloween celebration, my friend and I watched a bunch of really good horror movies, and honestly it freaked me out a little. Not the horror aspect of the movies, but that I watched so many GOOD movies in a row. That never happens to me! Also, I’m amazed I haven’t reviewed this movie before now, it’s fantastic.
Kurt Russell and a group of scientists stationed in the Antarctic come across a stray dog being chased by a bunch of Swedes. They try to figure out what happened, but everybody is dead at the Swedish camp, and there seem to be no clues. At least, until the “dog” they brought in turns into a huge horrifying monster and tries to eat them, that’s a bit of a clue. It seems like they kill it, but this… “Thing” has the ability to look and act like anybody, turning the group against each other.
This really is a great horror movie. The effects are awesome and the timing is perfect, the script is just tight enough that there aren’t any extra bits that don’t add something to the story or are necessary to establish the mood. If I had any complaint, it’s that they show a spaceship at the beginning and the Thing is apparently trying to build it’s own spaceship to leave as well. That just… didn’t seem very relevant. It takes up all of half a minute of film and isn’t harped on or anything, so it’s easy enough to just not pay attention to or care about. That’s it, that’s my complaint. This is a very good movie.