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The Thing (1982) Film Review | 100 Day Film Challenge – Day 72

I know, I know… I’m a terrible sci-fi/horror fan for not having seen this sooner. I remedied that, though, and now I’m going to give you my opinions on it (that’s what a review is, Alyssa…).

The Thing is directed by John Carpenter and stars Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, and T.K. Carter and is in itself a remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World. The story centers on a group of men (and beautiful pups) who are investigating a bunker who’s inhabitants have mysteriously vanished. All they find are the remains of a cremated corpse. So naturally, they take the corpse back to their base to perform an autopsy on it and discover what the hell it is. They discover that it’s an alien life form, which can handily spread like a virus and take over a living being. Everyone in the base is vulnerable and this leads to a lot of mistrust and fear, obviously.

The film is glacially slow in places. A few moments during the first portion of the film lost my interest. It quickly gripped me in its claws once the alien made itself known and the paranoia set in.

The acting is good, and Russell in particular is spectacular. The sense of dread and paranoia is thick and raised goosebumps on my flesh. It was never obvious who was infected and who wasn’t, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat.

The practical effects are incredible. This is an extremely gory film, but it’s beautiful and  the level of craftsmanship and detail evident in the creature design is astonishing. I also loved how claustrophobic the film felt, like I was right there in the bunker with the guys. I could practically feel the temperature drop as the film progressed, and the score added to the ambiance.

This is a well-crafted horror film with good acting and amazing effects. The Thing feels appropriately claustrophobic and chilling,and the gore and tension is astounding. If you can get past the slow first portion of the film, you’re in for a treat.

Verdict: 4.5/5

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