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½ June 13, 2020
So much of this movie deserves credit! The special effects are 10 times better than some of the CGI you see on screen nowadays! It sadly looses some momentum at the hour mark and never quite recovers, having said that there's a lot to be admired here!
November 9, 2019
A terrific setting with an ice cold tone. The problem with starting the tale this way is that you never connect to the characters. This is a great movie for those who are satisfied with just a tinge of input. (It feels like pages of the script got lost in a blizzard.) The game of discovering just who is the Thing could have been better developed since that is the only real substance here other than the effects themselves. Compared to other films of the year, it is easy to see why it failed. It is a fun experience but not hard hitting or deep enough for the big buffs.
May 23, 2019
One of the best horror/sci-fi movies of all time! and one of my favourite movies
April 23, 2019
The Thing is a well crafted and remarkable take of the '50's classic sci-fi film. The practical effects in this film are absolutely stunning and still hold up today. The movies plot is great and its characters are even better. They are well write, preformed, and are very memorable. This movie will really engage the viewer with everything about it. It will tamper with the viewers emotions and will even make them paranoid. No scenes from this film feel useless and stupid but they all feel just right where they are. The film also has one of the most, if not the most intense scene of all time (this is the blood test scene of course) and it will leave audiences in a sweat. Overall, a wonderfully made and memorable sci-fi horror film that will still leave the viewers feeling sick and paranoid, well done Carpenter.
April 7, 2019
Adesso finalmente capisco perche' questo film sia considerato una pietra miliare dell'horror, ammirato da moltissimi appassionati del genere, considerato un cult intramontabile da tantissimi esperti di cinema. Il film manifesta fin dai primi minuti un suo stile preciso e particolare, con inquadrature sempre cariche di significato che accompagnano con sicurezza una trama coinvolgente e geniale, basata su un'idea che non invecchiera' mai. I dialoghi sono realistici e concreti, basati su una sceneggiatura snella che non perde tempo e racconta solo il necessario. Le azioni dei personaggi sono decisamente intelligenti e pragmatiche visti i loro comportamenti realistici e condivisibili da gran parte degli spettatori, un aspetto che e' facilmente criticabile in molti horror recenti.
April 2, 2019
This movie is suspenseful, sad, and creepy all at the same time. Also, it's a rare breed of horror movies where the character's thoughts and actions make sense.
½ March 22, 2019
4.5/5. Exciting, brutal, and scary. The practical effects are incredible.
½ March 18, 2019
The thing is a Horror/science fiction/mystery film directed by John Carpenter. Really good acting from all the cast. Very good and fun characters who are entertaining. Very good cinematography with some really good shots. Really good and isolated setting. Great set design and props especially with the Thing. Very good and fitting costume design. Really good practical effects. Really good special effects. Very good action. Very good sound design. Very good and quotable dialogue. Good and steady editing. Really good music conducted by Ennio Morricone. Very good and fun premise. Very good comedy between the characters. Extreamly good atmosphere that keeps you on the edge. The film is also really enjoyable. Over all I give it a 9/10 - so close
½ March 11, 2019
Classic Sci Fi/ Horror. Few films are made with this level of writing.
½ March 10, 2019
Disgusting false scare
March 10, 2019
A masterpiece! Satisfied with original The Thing(1982) and also The Thing video game(2002). Too bad the The Thing universe wasn't expanded so much like Alien universe. Wonder what the film would look like and if it would be more successful if it camed up in 92' not 82'. I guess it was criticised so much cause it was much ahead of it's time. There was a bit of room for improvement, but really, compare that with today's bull... You get the idea.
March 9, 2019
This is by far my favorite horror movie of all time, and in my top 5 of favorite movies of all genres. The tension is palpable. Kurt Russell is great. As with Halloween, the music really sets the tone! And the snowy setting really gives it that isolated feel. So, so good!
½ March 7, 2019
La mejor pelicula de terror que e visto hasta ahora,nunca pense que un efecto que no sea cgi me pudiera asustar tanto lrpm
March 5, 2019
By far, one the greatest horror movies ever. The THING is well known as a benchmark in practical effects, but has fantastically executed characterization & amazing performances all around without relying on blatant exposition.
The sense of paranoia & dread is expertly crafted and the plot is full of meticulously planned mystery that will make multiple viewings a joy.
As someone who find jump scares excruciatingly simplistic & predictable, this movie is a master-class on the subject. while there are only a small number, they are earned in spades & you find yourself going back to watch it again, just to see how he tricked you.

I can't say enough, if you are a fan or horror, sci-fi, Lovecraft, creature features or Kurt Russel, you NEED to see this film. It's John Carpenter as the absolute peak of his craft.
March 3, 2019
Almost campy horror is messy fun.
March 2, 2019
just astoundingly awesome!! film schools should study it...the intellectual games in the movie wonder who is who are as good as it gets
February 25, 2019
The critics hated this film when it came out. I, like many others, rented it on video and loved it. The critics are now playing catch-up and calling it John Carpenter's best film, something we, the audience, always knew.
February 24, 2019
Came out in the 80's and is still one of the best horror movies ever made. practical effects are great, rewatch it often
February 21, 2019
Mr Carpenterâ(TM)s The Thing is one if my go-to Sci-fi/Horror movies. The script and direction may not be as wonderful in the criticâ(TM)s eye as other films such as Alien or Invasion of the Body Snatchers. However, this film is great in its own ways. The special effects are unbelievable for their time. Every time the Thing makes an appearance, it is so creepy and disgusting, that it is sure to make most people stare in awe or turn away in horror. I woukd absolutely recommend this movie to anyone looking for a horror, thriller, suspense, sci-fi, even action film that they havenâ(TM)t watched. If you want theatrical artsy performance with lots of drama and deep plots, stick to Hitchcock classics. This movie is for horror, sci-fi, and gore fans who love blood, guts, and want an entertaining movie to watch.
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