Welcome back to the creature feature! Today, we have John Carpenter’s The Thing.
I couldn’t resist doing one more Husky dog movie. This one is a little less surrounding the mush culture, and a little more surrounding the existential terror that accompanies an incredible horror that an alien species could represent.
I love this movie. It has all the classic elements of a great horror movie, and it has Kurt Russell at his most Kurt Russell. His MacReady is constantly awesome, and is usually doing the right thing, even when he is just making shit up. If you haven’t seen The Thing, just watch the opening scene here, and see if you can resist much longer.
So a dog flees over the Antarctic tundra, hunted by a helicopter. It is coming up on a US research station. It seems like everything is normal, although, why would humans be hunting something that isn’t indigenous to Antarctica. What are they doing? Why are they chasing the dog?
So begins one of the greatest horror movies of all time. The Thing is a masterpiece. I mean that, for real. The Thing is one of the few movies that I have watched over and over again that still scares me. The alien is awesome, the threat is awesome, and the ending is so good, it hurts.
The best part about the titular thing is that it’s motives are completely obscured. We watch the entire story through the eyes of the humans trying to comprehend what is being done to them. But the thing seems to be comprehending of some parts of what is going on, and it seems to be acting with some sort of plan.
I don’t want to spoil anything for you with this one. I will say, if you are somewhat queasy to the sight of blood, and horror movies freak you out, this one is exceptionally bloody, but in my opinion a lot easier to watch because of it. It takes on tragicomic moments and makes them even more heightened. Also, there is one scene involving a bunch of dogs, which animal lovers may find disturbing, but is so awesome you have to see it.
Anyway, thank you The Thing, thank you for making me forget about Snow Dogs.
P.S. If you have seen The Thing before, you could do much worse than reading this story. It is called The Things, and it is amazingly cool.