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Horror-meister John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) teams Kurt Russell’s outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Once unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.
Howard Hawks's original 1951 production of The Thing from Another World can be glimpsed playing on a TV that fateful October evening in John Carpenter's blockbuster hit, Halloween (1978). A few years later, Carpenter reteamed with his Escape from New York star Kurt Russell to do a remake. But while the first movie version of The Thing was in atmospheric black and white, Carpenter's 1982 version is in widescreen, full color, and features some of the most revoltingly explicit, surreally imaginative special effects (courtesy of FX-meister Rob Bottin) that have ever been seen on the screen. Researchers in the remote Antarctic dig up the remains of a spacecraft that has long been frozen in the ice. But the alien life unthaws and infects the living (not only humans but sled dogs too), living and gestating inside them. (This horrific concept was also explored in the two versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the Alien movies.) This Thing is chilling in every sense of the word, with plenty of terrifying, adrenaline-pumping moments that build it to a powerful and shockingly nihilistic conclusion. It's a harsh and uncompromising movie (hewing more closely to the original 1930s story "Who Goes There?")--so much so that it probably never would have been given a green-light by any studio in the more cautious and doggedly upbeat 1990s. --Jim Emerson
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Strong performances here. The characters are believable and act in ways that are reasonable, given their circumstances (which is not always true of these kinds of films). The setting in Antartica (actually filmed in Alaska) adds both an austere beauty as well as a sense of isolation.
The blu-ray transfer does not disappoint. Both daytime and nighttime shots are crisp, with strong colors, especially the blacks and blues. This has the unfortunate side effect, however, of making some of the special effects stand out, particularly the matte paintings. This is only a slight detraction from the film, however.
Parental Advisory: This movie is nihilistic. It has multiple scenes that involve death and gore. Some scenes are truly frightening, including one that has made people literally jump out of their seats. The movie is also punctuated by strong language in places, as well as some smoking, drinking and drug use. This is NOT a movie for children. Even parents of teens might want to screen it first before letting their older children watch it. In fact, squeamish adults will probably want to take a pass as well. But for those who have the stomach for it, this is one of the best horror movies ever made.
If you are contemplating an upgrade from DVD to blu-ray, this edition is worth it.
John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) is one of the most brilliant horror movies of all time. It's creepy.. it's scary... it's suspenseful... awesome special effects by Rob Bottin. Definitely one of Kurt Russell finest performances. This film is a true masterpiece of sci-fi/horror. Carpenter's finest film. Released in June 1982 when I was 9 yeas old, although I missed it in the theatre, I read all about it in Famous Monsters magazine and couldn't wait to see it... finally the following year I saw the premier on HBO. I was not disappointed. It immediately became one of my favorite movies of all time and still is to this day. I was always a fan of the original version... The Thing from another world(1951) as a little kid... but Carpenter's version blew me away. Similar films to The Thing have been made, such as Horror Express(1972) with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing... and the 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' films... which I think are all good movies, but Carpenters Thing is tops. I've owned several versions of this film.. vhs..dvd... universals blu ray.. and shout factory's blu ray. You can find the universal blu ray in bargain bins for $8 now and it looks and sounds great with plenty of special features. The shout factory blu ray is currently the best version with slightly better picture and sound over the universal disc and a few extra special features if you want to spend the additional money... i do recommend it. Either way...... if you are considering adding this movie to your collection.. do it! Dont think about it. Do it now! This film is an absolute must have for any horror/sci-fi fan. I also recommend the pre-quel The Thing(2011) which although not a Carpenter film, was very well done and matches up with the 1982 film very nicely. Enjoy
The Thing is the pinnacle of 80's body horror, there hasn't been a movie like it since and we may never see another like it in our lifetimes. If you want a seriously amazing horror movie, one that truly earns its scares and has some of the most impressive practical special effects of all time, then look no further. I cannot recommend this movie and this release of it enough.
* this review is for the collector's edition blu-ray.
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Of all the thing movies I still think the thing from another world is best, that said this one is awesome and effects look...Read more
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