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The Thing back to product details

A classic sci-fi / fx / horror movie
written by nhunter December 6, 2005 - 8:14 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I saw John Carpenter's The Thing in the theatre when it was originally released and a couple of times on video since then. Last week I rented the dvd. It holds up very well for a film made nearly a quarter century ago. The film is especially satisfying because of the psychological tension as well plenty of cool gory prosthetics and creature effects. The ending is surprisingly touching.

I watched it with my wife, who doesn't usually enjoy horror movies, and my 12 year old daughter, who was initially pretty sceptical that such an old movie could hold any interest. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

No extras at all, not even the theatrical trailer.

One of the all-time best of the classics
written by TnJWilson August 30, 2005 - 9:56 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Although a classic, I must note that this is technically a remake of a black & white film. But the differences in quality, writing, directing, acting--and mostly--GORE are so great, that it is hard to compare them. This is one of the all-time greats of "classic" sci-fi/horror. The story is fairly simple. It has some of the quirky things that make this classics great (like why do they have so many guns and flame throwers at an Antarctic science research station?). Kurt Russell when he was still cool (see also Escape From NY but NOT Escape From LA) and John Carpenter when he was not afraid to make an R-rated film.

Kurt Russell is drinking all the time in this movie
written by MSmear August 23, 2004 - 5:27 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful

which doesn't automatically make him cool, but it does help.


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