#164: The Thing (1982)

When and how did I watch this?

December 27th, 2015, on a friend’s PLEX account.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Pretty much nothing.  I thought Stephen King had a book titled “The Thing”, but I’m mistaken.

What do I know about it now?

Holy camole, what a special effects feast, not to mention some of the most intense sequences yet to appear on this list. I’m not sure if this is an original story, but Carpenter convinces the viewer early on that this is a plausible event.  We’re isolated, among a bunch of bored hot heads, and in peril before anyone has an idea of what’s going on.  From this point, it just gets more insane.

What are some themes in the film?

Trust, extra-terrestrial life, claustrophobia

Did this affect me personally?

Oh yes.  Even in 1982, the grotesque forms the monster (if you wish to call it that) are terrifying and incredibly convincing.  It was both memorable and delightful.

Why is this ranked #164?

It works as a horror film and psychological thriller.  While many horror films bridge those two genres, this one does it in a way that makes others appear sissy.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She certainly didn’t enjoy it as much as I did, but respected it nonetheless.

Would I watch it again?

Yes!  But it might be the last time. 

Would I recommend it to a friend?

It has to be your bag, but if it is, you won’t be disappointed.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

I think so.  The genre doesn’t typically cross into the greatness category, but neither do animated features, and there are certainly great ones on the list.  If there are exceptions, this might be one of them.

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