31 Days of Halloween: Day 16 — THE THING (1982)

US Theatrical poster for The Thing (1982)

What is it?

The Thing (1982) is John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing From Another World (1951) except a bit gooier. The story follows a team of researchers in Antarctica who unearth an alien being frozen in ice while they’re excavating a crashed spacecraft. They take the creature indoors where it promptly thaws out and begins to cause all manner of messy havoc around their station, leading to wild-eyed paranoia amongst the surviving crew.

Why should I watch it?

The legendary visual effects of the film remain unbeaten to this day. Try not to be impressed as men (and dogs) sprout extra limbs, detach others, and split into pieces right before your eyes. It’s horrific stuff, and you won’t be able to look away. Definitely one to miss if you’re squeamish, but for everyone else you’re in for a rather wild ride.

When should I hide behind the couch?

Watch out for those head crabs. Also, it’s probably not the best idea to operate on someone who may possibly be host to an alien parasite anytime soon if you want to keep both of your arms. Ouch.

Still from The Thing (1982)
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