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      Starring: Kurt Russell, A. Wilford Brimley, Keith David, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, and Thomas G. Waites.

      Directed by: John Carpenter.

      John Carpenter’s “The Thing” was the subject of much critical dismay and reception when it first came out. Aside from being smashed by the box office hit, “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”, around the same time of release, I never quite understood

      what’s to dislike about this movie which is a remake of 1951’s “The Thing From Another World” as well as an adaptation of the novel “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr. (which inspired the 1951 movie).

      “The Thing” tells the tale of an Antarctic scientific research station’s encounter with an alien that has the ability to shape-shift and take the appearance of its victims or just about anything. The Norwegian research team, the first to occupy the base, are killed off by the alien which at first takes on the physical appearance of one of the caged dogs. Then, an American research team, led by Kurt Russell, is sent in to investigate the other team’s mysterious disappearance.

      The original 1951 film was probably the biggest inspiration behind films such as “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “Alien”. In this remake, John ...

      • The Thing (1982) movie
      Carpenter goes all out with special effects, creating some of the most horrifying, nauseating, and disgustingly elaborate imagery ever depicted in the history of Hollywood. This ‘thing’ can work hellish wonders beyond our wildest nightmares, it can transform itself into combinations of different creatures (i.e. combining the body parts of humans, dogs, spiders, etc.).

      The main theme in “The Thing” is paranoia - Who is really who they say they are? Who

      is infected? Who isn’t? And most importantly of all, what the heck exactly is this ‘thing’ and where the heck did it come from? Sometimes I’d like to look “The Thing” and just imagine how 2004’s “Alien vs. Predator” (which also took place in the Arctic) could have been. Overall, whether you’re looking for a great sci-fi/alien flick that boarders on the theme of paranoia or a great barfing time, pay “The Thing” a visit.

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