Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Thing (1982)

Title - The Thing

Year of release - 1982

Genre - Horror

Length - 1 hour 49 minutes

Rating - 18

Director - John Carpenter

Writer(s) - Bill Lancaster and John W Campbell Jr

Who is in it? - Kurt Russell as R.J MacCready, Wilford Brimley as Dr Blair, TK Carter as Nauls, David Clennon as Palmer and Keith David as Childs to name a few.

What's it about? - 'The Thing' is a film directed by John Carpenter that is set in the Antarctica and revolves around a science stations crew and an unusual alien life form.

Kurt Russell takes the lead role in the film acting as R.J MacCready and gives an expected great performance. Other notable actors include Keith David, Wilford Brimley and T.K. Carter. Furthermore, the music score is produced by Ennio Morricone, a genius in film soundtracks and capturing 'the atmosphere of the moment'.

Though filmed in 1982, the extra-terrestrial life form recognized only as 'The Thing' is very lifelike and believable. Graphically its fantastic and the gore is quite extreme. To add to the fear, the crew are abandoned in their science base in the Antarctica, left without communication, transport and running low on weaponry.

Able to mimic organic life and even match itself to human features and body shapes, 'The Thing' truly is a dangerous and unpredictable foe. Due to this, the crew become frighteningly unsettled and loose faith in each other causing arguments and even mutiny.

Is it any good? - You really wouldn't guess that this film was directed back in 1982!

Why should I watch it? - Though not perfect, the film fits wonderfully in the survival/horror genre and I think its well worth a watch.

How do you rate it overall? - 8/10

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