Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Thing (1982) Review

The Thing

Release Date: 20th August 1982 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Turman-Foster Company

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable
for Young Children)

Runtime: 109 minutes

Budget: $15,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,923,573,582

Plot Summary
In the winter of 1982, a 
twelve-man research team 
at a remote Antarctic 
research station discovers 
an alien buried in the snow 
for over 100,000 years. 
Soon unfrozen, the form-
changing alien wreaks 
havoc, creates terror and 
becomes one of them.

Kurt Russell - R.J. MacReady
Wilford Brimley - Dr. Blair
Keith David - Childs
Donald Moffat - Gary
T. K. Carter - Nauls
Richard Masur - Clark
David Clennon - Palmer
Charles Hallahan - Vance Norris
Richard Dysart - Dr. Cooper
Peter Maloney - George Bennings
Joel Polis - Fuchs
Thomas G. Waites - Windows

Director - John Carpenter
Based on Novel "Who Goes
There" - John W. Campbell, Jr.
Screenplay - Bill Lancaster
Co-Producer - Stuart Cohen
Producers - David Foster and 
Lawrence Turman
Production Designer - John J. Lloyd
Special Make-Up Effects
Creator and Designer - Rob Bottin
Additional Make-Up Effects -
Stan Winston (Uncredited)
Director of Photography - Dean Cundey
Special Visual Effects - Alfred Whitlock
Film Editor - Todd C. Ramsay
Music - Ennio Morricone

1982 was the best year for movies that were released despite showing some that suffered from the heavy competition and the under-performing at the box office. This had happened to two of the other landmark films from the science fiction genre that were released in the same day as E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (click here) which would soon win the audiences over. The first of these movies was BLADE RUNNER (click here) which has since gone on to have a cult following and widely regarded as one of Ridley Scott's best films. The other from these two is the 1982 interpretation of THE THING which at the time was not successful and never got the recognition until it entered that territory in later years. I have heard the name of John Carpenter elsewhere before as I only seen one feature from the director, but not seeing into other of his great classics such as THE THING in its original definitive version. Not bad though but not that great for a science-fiction horror, I can't expect the 1982 version to have its scare factor so it has to put chills into our spines when it reflects the mood of claustrophobia. That is what Carpenter is able to pull it off in his skills as a first-rate director in having the film contently shown with splatter and without boredom. 

Layered with the brilliant make-up imagery that spurted the gruesomeness and frights that were a benchmark for practical effects in its time. The acting is very spellbinding as Kurt Russell starkly imagines a good character with a cynical edge inside of him to reveal. It helped make him into a huge star for which he continued to be through the 80s and the 90s.

Many people truly believe that the 1982 interpretation THE THING is one of the greatest horror movies to come out as rediscovered in history. I on the other hand have a different opinion on this nightmarish classic, but I did enjoy it in a good taste. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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