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03/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Thing" by Yojimbo

A scientific research station in the Antarctic is seemingly attacked by researchers from a nearby settlement, but things are not quite as they seem...The Thing is one of the rarest of all breeds. A cinematic remake that is actually BETTER than the original. Easily John Carpenter's finest moment, he cranks up the suspense mercilessly as the small group of characters are cut off from the outside world, using plot elements from both the original The Thing From Another World and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Clearly influenced by Alien, and clearly influencing Aliens, the sense of paranoia is palpable as no-one knows who they can trust, and Carpenter skilfully and subtly misdirects you as to who is infected rather than using the usual clunky and ham fisted red herrings that are the staple o...

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05/20/2010 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Now I'm gonna show you what I already know.

Released at cinemas soon after E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing was a pretty serious box office dud, Cinemagoers obviously preferred their aliens warm and cuddly. Critics also savagely rounded on it labelling it repulsive and over gory.
Carving out a niche for itself as the ultimate cult movie, The Thing has now fortunately been reappraised in a number of reviews and its status today, as one of the best Horror/Sci Fi movies ever made is incontestable.
What makes The Thing so good is an almost indescribably choking atmosphere of paranoia and unbearable tension. It also has a superb cast of character actors, truly outlandish make up design and a mind numbingly eerie score by none other than Ennio Morricone. Almost 30 years on, the creature effects are still awe inspiring and (in the ...

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06/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Thing: It's weird and pissed off

As a horror and sci fi fan, I am ashamed it took me so long to watch John Carpenter's The Thing. Arising from the ashes of a mediocre theater run, it has since become one of the hits on home video and spawned a cult following. This is right up my alley, but I waited so long - maybe I was afraid I would be disappointed.

I shouldn't have been worried. This has everything I like: paranoia, claustrophobia, awesome monster effects, a good story, great characters and an amazing setting. It's like the planets aligned for a time to create the best possible set up for a horror classic. Everyone always raves about the alien chest-bursting scene, but I have to say there are some pretty great moments here that rival that bit of surprise. When you're dealing with a shape-shifting alien that can pe...

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05/03/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Horror Hidden by the Antarctic Winds

I saw this movie when I was about fourteen years old and had forgotten about it. But watching it recently, I instantly knew that I've seen the movie because of the haunting soundtrack. Half-way through the picture, I could not believe that it was made in the 1980's because the special effects were expertly done. Even most of the movies today cannot compare when it comes to its horror and gore. For me, the scariest scenes are when everything would be quiet and all the audiences could hear are the Antarctic winds. The anticipation that something would happen felt so good, it's like riding a rollercoaster. The story is fascinating because the script manages to relate it to science--like how a foreign cell would assimilate itself to another cell and copy its identity. As a student of the scie...

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