31 Monsters in 31 Days: The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter’s 1982 update of Howard Hawks/Christian Nyby’s sci-fi classic is often cited among the decade’s best movies, and for my money it rivals HALLOWEEN as Carpenter’s best work. The admiration, though, was hard-fought, withstanding a withering critical and audience reception upon its initial release; the film’s downbeat tone and abundance of violent graphic effects were apparently not what movie-goers wanted at the time. (It should be noted that the film came out in the touchy-feely wake of E.T.) Yet a film as well-made as this does not go unloved for long.

The first time I saw a man’s head sever itself, sprout legs, and scurry around was the closest I’ve ever come to a religious experience.


3 Responses to “31 Monsters in 31 Days: The Thing (1982)”

  1. My all-time favorite horror movie, Scott, bar none. Watched it with the girlfriend a few weeks back, actually. She’d never seen it. Loved it. And what a treat to watch it with the uninitiated!

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