In 1982 John Carpenter made a re-make of Howard Hank’s classic “The Thing.” In the process he created his own iconic cult classic of the John W. Campbell short story “Who goes there?”
The story starts with a helicopter chasing a dog through the South Pole while a sniper takes pot shots at the fleeing husky. What goes here? The dog escapes, wanders into an American camp, and becomes the outpost’s mascot. One by one, the protagonists (Kurt Russell and gang) are infected by a murderous alien that was apparently carried into camp by the nice doggie. The alien takes host of the body it has infected until all hell breaks out, and then “The Thing” moves on to the next hapless victim.
The star here once again is the special effects. This movie is actually the predecessor to all of the freaky alien movies that you see today. The alien in “The Thing” comes and goes in a variety of bloody-curdling forms, and believe me when I tell you that this is not someone that you want to go to happy hour with. In a scene where the creature turns into a spider-like creature with a human head, one of our hapless heroes utters a horror film classic line: “You have got to f….. kidding me!”
This movie gets four out of five pumpkins.