The Thing (1982)


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Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley

This is one of the all time classic horror films. Its an old film and it will have passed many people by so i thought i’d write a new film review and hopefully encourage more people to check it out.

Its directed by John Carpenter who is a real master of this genre, responsible for many classics including ‘Halloween’, ‘Escape From New York’, ‘Assault on Precinct 13’, ‘The Fog’ and ‘Big Trouble in Little China’.

The Thing stars Kurt Russell as RJ MacReady as the main character, in my opinion pulling off the best performance of his career and should have been an Academy Award Nominee.

The story follows a remote scientific outpost in the Artic run by Americans. One day they spot a helicopter above chasing and shooting at a dog. Bemused the Americans follow and watch what happens. The helicopter is from a local Norweigan base and crashes, they then return to the base with the dog. However, the dog is not a dog – it is the thing. The thing mutates itself into other living lifeforms and works his way around the team taking on their identities until know one knows who is who and who is the alien.

Its such a good film, your not going to find it anywhere in your local film listings as its so old but however you can get your hands on it… do it!

Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John W Campbell Jnr, Bill Lancaster

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