My 50 Favorite Flicks • #10

“I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is”…

The Thing (1982)
Two great things were created in 1982.  Myself, and John Carpenter’s The Thing!  Take your new CGI remake and shove it up your ass.  This movie will kick your butt for 2 hours, and you will wish you could unsee some of the monstrosities that the thing becomes. John Carpenter has a unique way of creating suspense with his brilliant soundtracks, his slow pacing, and long cuts.  There are many moments in this film that you just won’t be able to stomach what you are seeing.  What made this so visually interesting is that you can actually see that the forms that the thing takes are real, and you are laying your eyes on something tangible, not something imagined and rendered digitally. This plays a big part into why it is horrific.  And film makers aren’t realizing that these days. I depicted the thing trying to transform itself into the dogs in the kennel, a real eye opening realization of what you have dedicated yourself to watching for another hour and a half. Oh yeah, and Kurt Russell gives us a hell of a performance as Macready.

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