A really good article on why Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ is an exemplar of the horror movie genre. I saw the film for the first time a few weeks ago and I’d always assumed that it was a bit naff. I was definitely proven wrong.
Guillermo Del Toro once said that 1982’s The Thing was one of the most influential films in his life. When he left the theater he knew he wanted to be a director. To me this demonstrates the transcendent power of film, how movies can not only influence our choices, but completely alter the trajectory of our lives. In a weird way, we can attribute films such as Hellboy and the exquisite Pan’s Labyrinth to John Carpenter. It’s safe to say the movie community, especially fans of the horror genre, are extremely grateful. I know I am.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the plot, the film revolves around a group of scientific researchers stationed in a the Antarctic led by R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell) . When two seemingly crazy Norwegian helicopter pilots chase an Alaskan Malamute into the station, one of the members Garry (Donald Moffat) is forced to kill the Norwegian. The team takes in…
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