The Thing

The Thing ★★★★★

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Seen this before a few times but never in Blu-Ray so when I recently got the Blu-Ray, I was very excited to see it.

The Thing follows a research team in Antarctica that is soon swept up in a wave of paranoia and mistrust when they encounter an alien life-form that can imitate other organisms.

Despite many rewatches, this remains Carpenter's finest work. The story is pure tension from the get-go and it never lets up. The characters and their mistrust of each other are superbly realised which just adds to the film's conflict. It all builds to one of the best final lines and open endings in horror film history.

Kurt Russell is fantastic as the film's lead character R.J. MacReady. Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis and Thomas G. Waites provide great support.

Dean Cundey's eerie cinematography brings this incredibly cold and atmospheric tone to the film. A sequence that standouts and is so memorable is the blood test scene. The moody and sparse score by Ennio Morricone also adds to the atmosphere. Stan Winston's effects and makeup are phenomenal, especially the chest opening up.

Final thought: A masterpiece of tension and horror.

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