7. The Thing

7. The Thing (1982). John Carpenter is the best horror film director—and one of the best American auteurs, period—of the 20th century. The Thing may very well be his finest work. The special effects have never—never, I say!—been surpassed, the alien creature is terrifying, the tension unrelenting. Watching this movie is actually a stressful experience, but no matter how paranoid, how defenseless, how scared you feel—you can’t stop watching. Wilford Brimley turns in the best performance of his illustrious, oatmeal-fueled career. If you’ve got a PS2 gathering dust somewhere, check out the video game sequel. It’s a heck of a lot better than the 2011 remake/prequel.

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1 thought on “7. The Thing”

  1. The original 1951 version scared me half to death when I was a kid. I loved it. John Carpenter’s The Thing scared me when I was an adult. I have to say, Carpenter’s is the best.

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