I had forgotten just how good John Carpenter's Sci-Fi/Horror remake was until I saw it again the other day on cable TV. The Thing is a perfectly paced, well-crafted film with eye-popping effects that CGI can never really duplicate. Rob Bottin's work on this film is truly remarkable. The creatures he has created are creepy, unsettling and, at times, totally gross. It's the kind of stuff that Clive Barker would go on to create in Hellraiser, but Bottin does it first. Well known movie composer Ennio Morricone provides the moody soundtrack which goes well with Bottin's spectacular visuals.
The story takes place in Antarctica where a group of scientists uncover a mysterious spaceship that crash landed and was buried deep under layers of ice and snow. The story takes off running when they realize that something survived the crash and it's not our friend! Kurt Russell is great as R J MacReady. He give us a Bruce Willis performance before there was a Bruce Willis. The rest of the ensemble cast is great as well and includes veteran character actors such as Wilford Brimley [Cocoon] and Richard Dysart [LA Law].
If you enjoy Sci-Fi with a horror edge, then The Thing is the perfect film for you. It is one of the finest remakes out there that actually manages to surpass the original.
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