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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Thing (1982) - John Carpenter

For the next movie I am watching John Carpenters: The Thing from 1982. This film stars Kurt Russell and that guy from the Navy commercials. You may be asking yourself; "Sid, why would you review this movie its from the 80's and your doing this chronologically!?" Well its simple, I didn't want to waste a review. So i jumped ahead a few years, so sue me. At this time i would like to apologize for my grammar, I'm a little off.

So in this film, that has just about every element of surprise known to the common film goer. This is widely considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time. In my opinion i would have to say that this film is more of a Honorable mention than an actual competitor for top horror film. However this film does have all of the elements that i have come to enjoy in a good horror flick. One, we have Aliens. Two, we are in Antarctica. Three, Kurt Russel's beard. Four, Gore. Five, Suspense and Mystery. Well I guess those aren't all of the elements but you get my point.

Kurt Russel stars as our hero, in this Alien who-done-it, as R.J. MacReady. He's a helicopter pilot who strives to survive a quick little alien mishap at a US outpost located somewhere in Antarctica. You cant trust anyone in this film especially Wilford Brimly who stars as the hot tempered doctor with a lovable center. Or is it a synthetic, alien created, assimilated center. Either way the villain is played by anyone the alien decides to take over including the mutt. So watch your butts.

All in all this film is a classic, and being made before CGI raped the film industry, doesn't hurt it either. I would have to give John Carpenter's: The Thing 7 1/2 stars out of 10. I see where the classiness of it all shows through, but it isn't enough for me to call one of the scariest films of all time. Its a great film and worthy of an honorable mention, but other than that... It seemed like this was the beginning of family horror films. I might have to watch it again (for the millionth time) but that is what i got for now.

Enjoy it there's more a comin

Sid

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