The Thing (1982)

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Man is the warmest place to hide.

The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and written by Bill Lancaster. Based on the 1938 John W. Campbell novella Who Goes There?, it tells the story of a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter the eponymous "Thing", a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates and then imitates other organisms. The group is overcome by paranoia and conflict as they learn that they can no longer trust each other and that any one of them could be the Thing.  

Summary

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Why It Rocks

  1. The film manages to be a brilliant remake of The Thing From Another World while having its own adjustments to make the film more nightmarish for the 1980s.
  2. Brilliant and very convincing makeup designs for the alien creatures.
  3. Much like Halloween, John Carpenter has shown to have amazing skills as a director.
  4. Many unexpected twists and turns, especially when it comes to finding out which characters are actually murderous aliens.
  5. Unforgettable and interesting characters, especially R.J. MacReady and his mission to uncover the truth behind the strange happenings in Antarctica.
  6. Well-done cinematography.
  7. The acting is wonderful, especially from Kurt Russell as R.J. MacReady.
  8. Tons of memorable scenes, such as when Windows sees Bennings being assimilated by the Thing, Dr. Copper's death, and the famous "blood test" scene.