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Posted on 9/17/08 08:20 AM
For being a 1982 film, I have to say "The Thing" is one of Carpenter's best, it is kind of sad to see that in the sequel/prequel, that the improvisation will be turned into CGI(bleh), and like "Escape From LA" it will go down as a heap of sh*t as most prequels do, except with someone else other then Kurt Russell as MacReady, except this time it won't need to contend with E.T.
Well I like how they began it with such a innocent creature a husky, so fluffy and not rough around the edges until you see the helicopter come in, and start to chase, nothing seems out of the ordinary, and it just seems like a hunt. The inhabitants of the remote outpost save the seemingly normal husky, and go one with their normal operations. It is so cool how The Thing can assimilate anything living, like the husky, and then just stay dormant, until no one is watching.
It is like all of the characters worst fears are in The Thing, that uncertainty in their lives, which will come out and bite you when you just are about to relax. Especially the defibrillator scene, where it mimics the exact characteristics of a underlying condition.
The really great thing about "The Thing" is that Carpenter's use of different rubbers to conjure up the organic monster and how real it was in structure to tissue, unlike todays CGI.
Such a great film, and I have it now on DVD.