Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Thing is a nailed on sci-fi horror classic. Even some 36 years since the film was released (to a critically drubbing no less), the film holds up brilliantly. In fact other than a few moments the film is almost timeless, feeling like it could’ve been made yesterday. I guess the only thing that stops it feeling like a 2000’s movie is the restraint showed by Carpenter as a director and the cast. It’s subtlety from start to end, with ambiguous moments leaving the audience to think about what they are seeing. Carpenter saves his money shots for when they count and when they come man do they deliver. The 2000’s reboot did everything wrong that this film did right. In short The Thing is essential.
Best Bit: The blood test
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
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