WHY NOT THEN?It came out seven years before I was born.
- Kurt Russell, being extraterrestrially badass.
- Lots of gnarly, pre-CGI make-up that puts modern stuff to shame.
- Gorgeous snow-bank cinematography.
- An overwhelming, heart-freezing ending.
- Basically 30 Days of Night, minus the vamps, plus a body-snatching alien.
- Kurt Russell being extraterrestrially badass and grungy sexy with a hobo beard, drinking problem and flame thrower.
- An awesomely cheesy, 1980s opening, complete with an animated UFO and overdone title card.
- AMAZING make-up and animatronics, making it possible to make it look like a dog’s face is getting ripped in half and unearthing a tentacled beast—among other disgustingly awesome things.
- A haunting score by none other than Ennio Morricone!
- The uncle from My Girl/My Girl 2!
- THIS GUY.
- Lots of lead-up time, not so much action. And not in a bad way. If you’ve seen Halloween, Carpenter’s other absolute-best, you know what I mean.
- A simple, wholly affecting story that doesn’t get too wrapped up in confusing, unnecessary scientific explanation and focuses on the characters and their reactions to the horrors manifesting in front of—and in some cases, within!—them.
- An underwhelming, but still chilling ending.
ONE NIGHT-IN STAND OR SECOND DATE POTENTIAL?
Definite second date potential, but not immediately. While I definitely enjoyed and appreciated this classic, which I’m calling Aliens in the Arctic, I’m not sure The Thing is, uh, something I could rewatch on a regular basis. I’ll wait until I’ve forgotten the majority of the gory details, so I can be sufficiently grossed out again.