Sunday, October 23, 2011


Thing, The (1982) – John Carpenter

Cosmic horror at its finest. Almost thirty years after its initial release and The Thing (1982) still ranks highly among the most terrifying films ever made. Filled with tension and suspense, the film is remembered not only for its engaging story and chilling atmosphere, but also for Rob Bottin's incredible creature effects work. Not one pixel in any of the CG work from the last twenty years can hold a candle to Bottin's creations in The Thing. Every single one of them is memorable, practical, and tangible in design, function, and execution.  Of course the greatest accolade goes to director John Carpenter for bringing all of these elements together with his unique style and vision that he developed on other horror hits such as Halloween (1978) and The Fog (1980). A fan of the original Howard Hawks version, The Thing From Another World (1951), Carpenter decided not to remake that film, but instead base his version off the original source material, John W. Campbell's short story Who Goes There?

Inspired by John Carpenter's THE THING (1982)


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