Film 327 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1982’s “The Thing”. Directed by John Carpenter and based on John W Campbell Jr’s novel entitled “Who Goes There?” and a remake of Christian Nyby’s 1951 film of the same name, this horror mystery sci-fi is about an American Research Base that is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It’s up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. This film was very interesting to watch. Definitely had me hooked throughout. I definitely felt a certain tension when everyone was trying to figure out who was a Thing. So, by that logic, that means that the film was top notch if it made me feel like I was apart of that group of actors. The specials effects still hold up and were real eye popping to see. Anytime the Thing exposed himself I did say “oh shit” out loud. Overall, this is a film I would definitely recommend (feel like I’ve said ‘definitely’ too much) and still holds up after nearly 35 years. Fun Fact – This film was shot in the middle of summer in Los Angeles in artificially cooled sound stages. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1982’s “The Thing”
Film – The Thing
Year – 1982
Director – John Carpenter
Written by – Bill Lancaster
Based On – “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell
Staring – Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
IMDb Rating – 8.1/10
My Rating – 8.3/10
Length – 103 min (1h 43min)
Genre – Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
We open with a UFO heading towards earth
We’re now in Antartica 1982
Don’t think I’d wanna be there right now… Or ever!
YOU BASTARD!!!! What did that wolf do to you? All it’s doing is running through the snow
Wait… Is it a wolf or are they huskies?
No office is complete without it’s own ping pong table and Intellivision
Someone’s a sore loser
Well that’s one way to make your entrance
That’ll teach him to shoot at huskies
It’s can’t be that cold if MacReady can walk around in the snow in a leather jacket and cowboy hat
How dare you call Stevie Wonder crap! – Especially Superstition
Don’t think it’s safe for chefs to wear rollerblades while cooking
Looks like someone destroyed the entire Norwegian base
Yeah…. He’s dead alright! Throat cut in half, fingers removed from the bone and blood frozen on the floor
Is that an ice bath?
That doesn’t look good
How do you perform an autopsy on something like that?
So… You’re telling me that that man’s skull being half flattened is normal?
That guy looks like a balding Simon Pegg
I’m just gonna assume that this husky is evil
And just as I type that, it’s head explodes and an alien breaks out of it
That must be a strong ass dog if it can bite through chain link fences
Yeah… That’s not norman
Burning an alien with a flamethrower – Didn’t I see Ripley do that in Alien?
That looks like a rejected spider from Eight Legged Freaks
Someone’s a little overprotected about these dogs considering aliens just burst out of one
Better see what those Norwegians were doing apart from exploding ice
That… That’s a UFO!!!
His hat was covered in snow and now it’s not! – Continuity!
All I’ve seen that guy do is listen to music and smoke weed
These computer graphics are terrible
27000 hours from now everyone will be infected – That’s 1125 days
That can win people Nobel Prizes?
Balding Simon Pegg, think you’re in a bit of trouble
And he’s now become… Himself but with alien claws – BURN HIM!!!
Some Captain you are! You’ve done nothing in this entire film!
So… Is this what they call “A Viking Funeral”?
And Blair’s officially lost it – Is this what they call “Cabin Fever”?
So Blair destroyed everything and killed all of Clark’s dogs
Shout out to Smirnoff Vodka
Childs just brought up a very good point about imitation
Fuchs? That’s the seconds Fuchs I know – The other being a footballer who plays for Leicester City
And now Windows has lost it
And now MacReady is in charge of the camp
Well if someone got to the blood and destroyed it then we’d better burn the bags like the bodies
Well that’s one way to keep someone from running away from getting tested – Just aim a flamethrower at them
Ah flares! You’re reputation has been soiled thanks to hoodlums at football games
Oh yeah, Blair! Forgot all about him to be honest
Has Blair seriously made himself a noose?
Looks like the alien got to Fuchs – Or Fuchs set himself on fire?
Is it safe to be walking around with a flare next to all those dynamites?
See… I knew MacReady wasn’t an alien
Yeah… He dead
Thanks MacReady for killing Clark – I never liked him. Always looked too shady
Why are you taking blood samples from their thumbs?
Windows is human
Doc (who’s dead) and Clark (also dead) are human
Turns out it’s Palmer who’s been infected!
Yeah… Windows is dead
Don’t you hate it when you need to kill something but you’re either out of ammo or in this case, fuel for the flames
Better burn Windows to be safe
And back to the test and the chef is ok
And so is Childs
And last up is Garry who is also safe
So does that mean Blair is one of them?
Did he seriously dig his way out of the toolshed?
Blair made himself a ship to escape on… That’ll explain why he destroyed the helicopter for bits
How to enter a building with MacReady in a blizzard – Drive a tractor through the wall
And use said tractor to burn everything
One room left and that’s the generator room
Wait… Someone stole the generator?
BLAIR!!!!! Thanks for killing Garry
And I think he just got the chef
So… Is it just MacReady and Childs left? That’s if Childs isn’t dead
Oh yeah… Those dogs from earlier! I forgot two escaped at the beginning
And boom goes the dynamite
And Childs has returned claiming he got lost in the blizzard