‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 151

#114 / 365 – ‘The Thing’ (1982) – 109 mins
IMDb Challenge #71 / 250 – Ranked #174 – Via iTunes

Members of an American scientific research outpost in Antarctica find themselves battling a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its victims. They soon discover that this task will be harder than they thought, as they don’t know which members of the team have already been assimilated and their paranoia threatens to tear them apart.

It’s almost impossible to believe that John Carpenters’ version of John W. Campbell Jr.’s 1938 short story “Who Goes There?” – ‘The Thing’ was a cinematic flop upon its release in 1982 and has only found cult status success on home video, where I’m ashamed to say that I have never replaced my VHS copy, well that’s all about to change.

Bottled with great tension, ‘the blood test scene’ and atmospheric suspense, and like another great of the same time ‘An American Werewolf in London’ it has some brilliant practical morphing SFX rather than CGI which I’m sure is what is going to be vastly on show in its much mooted prequel. If you love your sci-fi horror then you can do no wrong with one of the best of its genre – ‘The Thing’.

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