The Thing (1982)

dir. John Carpenter. Very suspenseful action horror movie, about an Antarctic research station that discovers an unknown entity, that makes the team of researchers turn on each other to try and survive. Similar structure to ALIEN (1979), but smaller in scope. It feels like a very good episode of The X-Files, and indeed was a big influence in the X-Files episode ‘Ice’ in 1993, which basically re-tells the same story. The low budget special effects give the movie a B-Movie feeling, but are nonetheless visually impactful, creative, and often suitably disturbing. Kurt Russell is charismatic, looking just as cool as he did in his previous John Carpenter film, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981). The use of colour is beautiful, especially in the outdoor snowy scenes, contrasting the blue of the snow, with the red of the flares. 

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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