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The Thing Reviews

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October 26, 2018
With its groundbreaking visual effects, terrific ensemble, and haunted-house atmosphere, is now rightfully regarded as an all-time horror classic.
November 1, 2017
Carpenter uses Bottin's effects to release the tension... which lets them hit all that much harder. But he didn't need special effects to find the real horror in the scenario.
October 23, 2017
The Thing is set in an all-male environment, and is as much a study of masculinity in crisis as an update of the sort of siege scenario that Carpenter had already played out in Assault on Precinct 13.
October 9, 2017
What really is there left to say about John Carpenter's The Thing? A true genre classic from 1982, the film is an all-time favourite of many and often cited as a sci-fi horror masterclass.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
August 5, 2017
fascinating, horrifying, and utterly engaging from the first frame to the last
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 3, 2017
Graphically violent, gory, grisly, and frightening, though it's so over-the-top and dated that the gore is almost campy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2017
With a thick, thick air of intense paranoia and jaw-dropping monster effects work, The Thing stands as one of the greatest films of both the horror and science fiction genres.
October 17, 2016
Far and away the best film of John Carpenter's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2016
Like Ridley Scott's 1979 classic "Alien" before it, "The Thing" is science-fiction/horror with a visionary punch that continues to resonate and inspire filmmakers decades later.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2016
John Carpenter's The Thing boasts outstanding special effects, skilled direction and cinematography, and a tension-filled story, making for one of the legendary director's most cherished works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 8, 2014
It personifies the definition of "popcorn entertainment" - that is, the kind of film that relishes the thrill of its many ambitious moments without seeking total transcendence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2014
Something close to an absolutely perfect exercise in how to construct a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
November 11, 2013
A magnificent cabinet of grotesqueries, one of the decade's great works
June 25, 2012
I'll say it: the single greatest horror movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 27, 2011
...stays truer to its source material, John W. Campbell, Jr.'s 1938 novella Who Goes There?, than the 1951 Howard Hawks-Christian Nyby feature The Thing from Another World.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 7, 2011
...reading this as a Cold War allegory is doing the movie a very big favor. In reality, this is a film about tentacles and teeth and eyes and orifices and goo, goo, goo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 13, 2011
I discovered what it was to love a movie that was relentless in its desire to be unpleasant
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 25, 2011
The Thing is a peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 25, 2011
Carpenter's direction is slow, dark, and stately; he seems to be aiming for an enveloping, novelistic kind of effect, but all he gets is heaviness.
January 13, 2011
It's a paranoid masterpiece, and that rare remake that improves upon the original.
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