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40th Anniversary John Carpenter’s The Thing

This is just a quick little appreciation post for one of the best science fiction horror movies to ever come out.

Sugar has long when a huge fan of this film, but I, Scream, had somehow missed out on it for YEARS. We corrected this last fall, and it has skyrocketed to my top favorite horror movies of all-time list. It also began my quest to watch everything by John Carpenter. I saw Halloween back when I was a teen, but I have missed out on the rest of the Carpenter goodness.

If you haven’t watched this yet, and you like horror or sci-fi or better yet, horror AND sci-f, get this on your watchlist immediately.

“A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate.

Published by sugarandscream

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8 thoughts on “40th Anniversary John Carpenter’s The Thing

  1. This move still scares the shit out of me. Okay, as for Carpenter goodness, you HAVE to watch Big Trouble in Little China. Also, how cool is it that Carpenter had so many Asian actors in one movie almost 40 years ago?

    Although it’s a slow burn, I also liked The Fog (he produced it).

    Halloween I and II I like.

    Christine I barely remember.

    According to Wikipedia, he’s composed a bunch for movies? Like Studio 666, which I would have assumed would be all Dave Grohl??

    I don’t remember Escape from L.A. at all but it’s another project he did with Debra Hill and has my beloved Kurt Russell again.

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    1. I watched They Live! recently and I enjoyed it but didn’t love it. I do have to watch all of those that you listed. Dani said the same thing about The Fog. Rob says that Vampires is one of his favorite vampire movies. I THINK I might have seen Escape From LA a long, long time ago but I’m not 100% on that so I will just watch it again. I have seen Christine a long time ago but I didn’t realize it was by Carpenter.


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