Do you like horror? Do you like science fiction? Well, John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982 is probably right up your alley. 🙂
All hell breaks loose at an American research station in Antarctica as they are faced with a horrific alien creature that can take the shape of any living creature. This forces them to not only fight for their very survival, but also to have to try and determine who really is their friend or foe, since The Thing can take on the appearance of anyone.
1. Overall impression of the movie?
SCREAM: I never needed a reason to never to go Antarctica but now I have one anyway! I LOVED LOVED LOVED this movie. It has everything a girl could ask for; aliens, murder, insane practical effects and a jump scare that actually got my ass.
SUGAR: One of my all-time favorites. ❤ It does such an excellent job of blending bat shit insane practical effects and body horror with a very foreboding and suspenseful atmosphere to create a great, and really fun film.
2. Without venturing too far into spoiler territory, what were some of your favorite things about the movie?
SCREAM: Oh just about everything. I seriously have zero complaints that I can think of. The story was suburb, the acting was great and did I mention those practical effects? Yeah I did, but it bares repeating.
SUGAR: I couldn’t agree more. There’s just so much about this film to love. I think it does a great job, too, of knowing when to go all out and when to pull back and let the uncertainty and the bleakness of a situation speak for itself. It has a great sense of restraint that some horror movies lack, where the situation itself can be just as terrifying even when the monster or alien aren’t on screen.
3. Your weapon(s) of choice for going up against a parasitic alien shapeshifter?
SCREAM: I’m not sure there is another answer besides flamethrower. I know a guy that makes them for fun. I can hook us up. *wink wink*
SUGAR: Hell yeah. Flamethrower weilding besties, coming to fuck up all the killer aliens.
4. Based off what you’ve seen in the film, would you read the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There? or the 1951 film The Thing From Another World that came before it?
SCREAM: Hell yes, I would, to both.
SUGAR: Ooooh, future buddy read perhaps?? 😉 I would love to read the novella and to watch the old movie.
5. Would you recommend those who haven’t seen it yet, to give this movie a chance?
SCREAM: Yes and if you don’t, you’re a dumb dumb shitty head.
SUGAR: Absolutely, 100%. Check. This. Shit. Out. It’s great going into it the first time, especially the less you know about it, and it’s just as great to re-watch it a million times.
Have you seen John Carpenter’s The Thing? What are your thoughts on the film? What’s your favorite movies that blend science fiction and horror??