Author Topic: The Thing (1982) discussion.  (Read 6329 times)

Kryton

  • Disregard the Constabulary
The Thing (1982) discussion.
« on: January 09, 2020, 12:25:25 AM »
In my eyes one of the purest horror movies out there. Mainly as it challenges what it means to be human for better or worse.
Isolation, paranoia, a creepy soundtrack. Excellent sound and visual effects. Great cast. Memorable dialogue and only let down by a slightly weaker third act.
Slated on release but it became a cult classic.

Thoughts? Discussion?

« Last Edit: January 09, 2020, 01:06:57 AM by Kryton »

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2020, 12:44:08 AM »
Puts the shits up my mum something mental due to the amazing special effects.

I absolutely love it, not my favourite John Carpenter film but definitely his best. The sense of dread and tension and paranoia it induces is something else.

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2020, 12:58:04 AM »
It's flawless horror, well the Windows dummy being devoured is a little ropey,but a first in cinema history.

Kryton

  • Disregard the Constabulary
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2020, 01:04:04 AM »
For me the best moment is just after they burn the half-transformed guy in the snow with the MASSIVE hand and the speech that follows. Basically any number of this slowly dwindling group is possibly an alien. And that's just after the horrors in the kennel. The doubt, the creeping anxiety.

The panning shot that portrays their faces is great and that soundtrack... Ominous.

chveik

  • vampires have it easy
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2020, 01:13:34 AM »
might watch this someday. it's going on the list, along with Jaws (sharks film) and Robocop (robotic police offer film).

Cerys

  • Bionic-Arsed
  • Golden Member
  • *****
  • Cyber Engineered Ravaged Yakking System
    • The Brainwrongs of Cerys
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2020, 01:16:05 AM »
I haven't seen this in years.  Time for a rewatch, I think.  And soon.

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2020, 01:20:31 AM »
that soundtrack... Ominous.

Fuck! Choosing between Carpenter soundtracks is a tough choice but The Thing may nail it. But it could be Big Trouble in Little China. But it COULD be The Thing.

chveik

  • vampires have it easy
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2020, 01:31:28 AM »
its Ennio Morricone this time isn't it?

Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth

  • National program director of the chum group
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2020, 01:31:42 AM »
Deeper into Movies has been imitated by Picture Box.

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2020, 01:55:54 AM »
Deeper into Movies has been imitated by Picture Box.

This is the Netflix version that spreads the story over 57 hours.

Kryton

  • Disregard the Constabulary
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2020, 02:28:12 AM »

Kryton

  • Disregard the Constabulary
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2020, 02:31:42 AM »
Fuck! Choosing between Carpenter soundtracks is a tough choice but The Thing may nail it. But it could be Big Trouble in Little China. But it COULD be The Thing.

Big Trouble in Little China's soundtrack is way more varied and has some amazing synths. It should win in some ways. But the Thing soundtrack just captures the essence of the film throughout. Bleak introspective horror.

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2020, 02:38:36 AM »
Jaws (sharks film)

The one with multiple sharks (plural) is the sequel, Jawses.

Kryton

  • Disregard the Constabulary
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2020, 02:39:09 AM »
I haven't seen this in years.  Time for a rewatch, I think.  And soon.

Get on it. I watch it twice a year. It isn't a cinematic masterpiece, but there's something very heavy about the nature of humanity and how we perceive ourselves that I often dwell on. For a gory horror film it's fairly unique in its challenges.

I'm fascinated by the creature itself. Is it a parasite? What memories does it retain? Is each smaller piece of it considered an equal or less than the sum of its parts? Does a host know they're infected? At what point does the humanity shut off to be replaced by an alien sentience or consciousness?
Will a host fight back? What was its original form?

Attila

  • gif made by hedgehog90
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2020, 02:48:03 AM »
Probably my favourite film, ever. And since I live in the northern hemisphere, when I watch it every year during the first goddamned week of winter, it is, of course, as close to 21st December as possible. (Dunno if they still do, but it's a ritual at one of the US bases, possibly McMurdo, to screen it every 21st June).

I've been a Kurt Russell fan since I was a kiddie and he was making Disney films, and I've been keen on this film since my brother handed me the recorded-off-HBO VHS around Thanksgiving time (maybe 1983ish) and said, 'Watch this, and don't feel sorry for the dog.'

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2020, 04:44:44 AM »
Tells you everything you need to know about the Razzies.



Anyway, one of my favourite films. Incredible effects that almost killed Rob Bottin (all his own work except the Thing dog puppet that was Stan Winston), but the film is so much more. Brilliantly directed, written, acted, photography, score, editing etc etc. All A+. I also love it because I'm a big Agatha Christie fan and this is essentially a classic Who-done-it? (or maybe a who-is-it?).

BlodwynPig

  • The Last Living Member of COVID-20
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2020, 07:39:03 AM »
Far better than Alien

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2020, 08:48:29 AM »
It isn't a cinematic masterpiece
Disagree, particularly the first watch. Can't recall ever feeling so tense when watching a film. I've deliberately only watched it once since because I want to forget as much as I can about it. Saw it last year again, will probably wait a year or two until the next watch.

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2020, 09:09:26 AM »
I would say it very much was a cinematic masterpiece. A perfect example of its form and genre. Every aspect of it (script, direction, acting, effects) at the top of their game

phes

  • Member
  • **
  • operating as a shape
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2020, 09:21:40 AM »
might watch this someday. it's going on the list, along with Jaws (sharks film) and Robocop (robotic police offer film).

Wait, what.

You're like that guy at work who hasn't tried tea or coffee.

"But do you like hot drinks?"

"Course..."


Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2020, 09:43:05 AM »
Fuck! Choosing between Carpenter soundtracks is a tough choice but The Thing may nail it. But it could be Big Trouble in Little China. But it COULD be The Thing.

Assault on Precinct 13 for me,fuck I don't know John is a God.

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2020, 09:51:32 AM »
Horror really isn't my genre (because I'm a big scaredy cat), but I have watched the Thing. Only once. It was great, but I'm not sure I want to go through it again - mind, my wife is even worse than me: I'm completely confident she would throw up on viewing it and then not sleep for a month before divorcing me.

John Carpenter and Kurt Russell really was a brilliant combinition for a few years.

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2020, 09:54:08 AM »
This was on at the local cheap cinema just before Christmas and is excellent on the big screen.

Chollis

  • Master of Codes
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2020, 10:07:58 AM »
an absolute banger. nothing puts the shits up me like stop motion

maett

  • Bukkake Nightmare
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2020, 10:15:22 AM »
As a teenage moron it was a 10 and it still is, as am I.

Jerzy Bondov

  • best not bother
    • righto so ive got five minutes off work and uh yeah im gonna have a cheeky volvic
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2020, 10:38:28 AM »
Kurt's hair is really fluffy in this. It's nice that he's able to keep up such a good hair care regimen in an Antarctic research station.

Attila

  • gif made by hedgehog90
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2020, 12:00:20 PM »
Kurt's hair is really fluffy in this. It's nice that he's able to keep up such a good hair care regimen in an Antarctic research station.

Well, like the man said, 'Blair's been busy.'

alan nagsworth

  • aka the mollusk
Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2020, 01:12:38 PM »
A friend of mine once sent me a screenshot of the hot wire going into the dish of Windows’ blood with the caption “The only time Windows didn’t have a virus” which has always stuck with me as one of my favourite visual gags.

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2020, 01:55:13 PM »
an absolute banger. nothing puts the shits up me like stop motion

Is there much stop motion in it? Any?

Re: The Thing (1982) discussion.
« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2020, 01:56:13 PM »
The final Blair/Thing is stop motion.

Tags: