The Thing Reviews

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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.
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.
September 18, 2009
The special effects can't hope to be as creepy to our seen-it-all eyes as they were to the film's first viewers, but we can still enjoy the monster's unique weirdness, and the story is a rock-solid yarn.
September 18, 2009
It's pretty scary and entertaining stuff, though I always get the feeling that nothing in it lives up to the tremendous opening section.
June 6, 2007
If it's the most vividly guesome monster ever to stalk the screen that audiences crave, then The Thing is the thing. On all other levels, however, John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 sci-fi classic comes as a letdown.
June 24, 2006
Russell's sub-Eastwood heroics hardly compensate for the absence of all characterisation, while Bill Lancaster's script boasts the most illogical climax any monster movie ever had.
July 9, 2019
In the midst of all the special effects, it is ultimately about the psychological impact of a high stress situation.
December 8, 2018
The Thing feels like a perfect movie. An embarrassment of riches all concentrated in a single feature film that stands the test of time in a way that few stories do.
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 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.
August 5, 2017
fascinating, horrifying, and utterly engaging from the first frame to the last
July 3, 2017
Graphically violent, gory, grisly, and frightening, though it's so over-the-top and dated that the gore is almost campy.
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.
November 2, 2016
John Carpenter's Lovecraftian masterpiece finally receives its home-video due with an exceptional A/V transfer and a slew of extras courtesy of Shout! Factory.
October 17, 2016
Far and away the best film of John Carpenter's career.
October 11, 2016
[Blu-ray Review] The ongoing legacy of "The Thing" is done right by Scream Factory with a top-notch new 2K scan. Seriously, this movie looks better than ever. "The Thing" receives my highest recommendation. A must-own.
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.
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.
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.
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