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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Review of The Thing (1982) by Mike

Title: The Thing (1982)

Original UK Release Date: 26th August 1982

Original US Release Date: 25th June 1982

UK Rating: 18

US Rating: R

Director: John Carpenter

Genre: Horror

Plot: Scientists working in the Antarctic are terrorised by a shape shifting alien.

Mike's Review

This is probably one of the best horror films ever made. A true classic.

The film is filled with great moments and incredible effects. Undoubtedly some of the best pre CGI effects ever filmed. The tension the film creates is perfect. The characters are believable and acted well. The story line starts off confusing as a helicopter with a passenger is seen shooting at a dog as it runs away. The dog runs into the camp and is rescued by a group of American scientists. The scientists head over to a nearby Norwegian research station where they discover that it has been abandoned and there are signs of death and destruction throughout. From there the story quickly progresses to one of terror as the scientists are killed off by a mysterious creature that can imitate them.

For those of a squeamish nature beware, the mutations in this film are expertly done giving a real feel of authenticity. It is a very bloody film with many violent deaths. But this is a horror film after all and you really get your money’s worth here. It doesn’t go too over the top like many creature films do. The direction of John Carpenter draws us in and along with it the terror felt by the characters.

In 2011, a prequel to this film was released showing what happened to the Norwegian team.

10 out of 10

Additional Information

It is a remake of a film from 1951 The Thing From Another World.

Stand out performance: The Creature. While the acting in this is good, the use of special effects without the use of CGI is amazing.


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