My 15 year old daughter’s best friend was over this weekend and they wanted to watch a scary movie. They were perusing our various streaming services and finding a bunch of dumb slasher movies, and I said they should watch The Thing, so we all watched it together.
They doubted me. What was this 40-year-old movie starring a guy with a beard? No CGI? What the… They LOVED it. Loved it. They talked about it all the next day. They’re smart kids, and I was impressed with how they talked in terms of cinema; they specifically called out the cinematography and lighting for praise, especially Carpenter’s use of in-scene lighting, like flares, and his use of darkness to conceal things.
Anyway, holy shit that’s a great movie. It’s just a fantastically crafted horror film. Something I noticed is that Carpenter takes his time getting to the real gore and horror… it doesn’t get scary right away, and yet the pacing is just perfect. You are never bored but it’s never rushed.
This is absolutely Carpenter’s best movie.