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- Rated: R
- Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
- Written By: Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story)
- Directed By: John Carpenter
- Genre: Aliens, Remake, Monsters
- Running Time: 109 Minutes
31 Days of Horror Movies: The Thing (1982)
By Robert T. Trate
October 11, 2013
The Thing (1982)
© Universal Studios
Halloween is a special time. It is the one time of year when everyone gives of themselves. What they give can be anything from candy to a scare. We thought this October, we here at Mania would give you 31 Horror Films for the 31 days of October. Now, many of you will know these films. Some of you, may not. Get ready for 31 days of Horror Films that will run gauntlet from scary to campy, from horrific to down right ridiculous. Happy Halloween from Mania!
The story takes place in Antarctica. The United States government has set up a facility there doing research, experiments, and, well, they never really do say what they are doing down there, but that’s isn’t important. What is important is that this research team gets a visit from the Norwegian research team that is only a few miles away. The Norwegians are hunting a big Husky through the snow with machine guns and a helicopter. An accident happens and the Norwegians are dead, but the Husky is taken to a kennel and placed with the other dogs. Later that night, all hell breaks loose. Turns out the Norwegians found something in the snow, something from another world that can imitate anything to perfection. Guess what? Now it is imitating the research team.
This is a great “who goes there?” movie. It gets to the point where no one can trust anyone. As the body count goes up, the temperature in Antarctica goes down and these researchers run out of ideas on who is “the Thing” and who isn’t.
Now, this film has a great cast, great story, truly remarkable special effects, and brilliant make-up. Kurt Russell is excellent as the man who takes charge of the situation. Carpenter shapes Russell into the leader and the hero so that the audience has someone to trust. By the end you know, as they know, you can’t trust anyone but yourself.
The DVD and Blu-ray are phenomenal. Yes, the interviews and commentary tracks are transferred right from the old Laser Disc, but who cares? The “making of” documentary reveals so many camera and make-up tricks, you will find yourself watching the movie all over again just to take notice.
The Thing is a perfect Halloween movie. It has probably the best, if not the most unique monster in all of movie history. That alone makes it worth watching this Halloween.
PS. forget watching the prequel.
PSS. I once saw Keith David at a Monster Mania Con in Cherry Hill. New Jersey. When asked if he was one of those “Things” he promptly replied, “ I knew I was human”. Which got a huge round of applause form the audience.