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Thing, The (1982)
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by Mel Valentin

"Justifiably deserves the praise and admiration of sci-fi/horror fans."
5 stars

In the summer of 1982, Universal Studios released "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial" and "John Carpenter's The Thing." "E.T." broke box-office records and made year-end Top 10 critics' lists. "The Thing" failed to register with critics or audiences. At the time, film critics called "The Thing's" realistic makeup and creature effects repulsive, gratuitous, and offensive (among many other pejoratives). Moviegoers responded to Carpenter's grim, downbeat science-fiction/horror film with indifference or hostility. Combined with Rob Bottin's groundbreaking makeup and creature effects work, screenwriter Bill Lancaster’s bleak, downbeat finale, and Ennio Morricone’s unsettling, minimalist score, however, "The Thing" would deservedly attain cult classic status with horror fans.

Based on John W. Campbell Jr.'s 1938 novella, "Who Goes There?", John Carpenter's The Thing departs significantly from the novella. Norwegians, not Americans, are the first to discover, unearth, and defrost the alien ”Thing” encased in ice. It's the Norwegians and not the Americans who accidentally destroy the alien's spaceship using thermite bombs. It's the Norwegians who first discover the alien's ability to assimilate and imitate any complex organism, including humans. But it's the Americans, acting out of ignorance, who stop the Norwegians from killing a sled dog and, again in ignorance, give the sled dog sanctuary.

R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell), a cynical, hard-drinking helicopter pilot is marked as the protagonist-hero early on, partly because he's an active character, but also because Kurt Russell, just a year away from his iconic role as Snake Plissken in John Carpenter's Escape From New York, is the most recognizable actor in the cast and thus, the presumptively lead. Once the Thing perceives MacReady as a threat to its survival, it uses the men’s paranoia against them, planting incriminating evidence that indicates MacReady has become a Thing (he’s not).

The research station includes Dr. Blair (Wilford Brimley), Nauls (T.K. Carter), the cook, Dr. Copper (Richard Dysart), Windows (Thomas Waites), the radio operator, Clark (Richard Masur), the dog handler (he seems to prefer the company of dogs to the members of the research station), and Garry (Donald Moffat), the nominal leader of the research station. Palmer (David Clennon), the outpost's second pilot, is also a stoner (and his services tend to be unnecessary). Carpenter never spells out what Childs (Keith David), Norris (Charles Hallahan), Bennings (Peter Maloney), and Fuchs’ (Joel Polis) do, occupation wise, at the research station.

The Thing's presence creates a breakdown in the fragile social order at the research station. Like the aliens in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the copy and the host are practically identical (MacReady ultimately discovers a method for identifying the copies from the originals, but not before several men are assimilated or otherwise eliminated). But there's more at play here than the Thing's mutable nature (graphically realized by Rob Bottin's makeup effects). As a monster that can invade, destroy, and imitate, the Thing taps into primal fears connected to identity (and loss thereof), and our fundamental inability to truly know others (or ourselves).

With the exceptions of MacReady, Carpenter doesn't take the time or make the effort to delve into character backgrounds or personal and professional backstories. It makes it less likely that viewers will feel anything beyond minimal sympathy for the characters. Carpenter gets partially around the lack of character development by having the characters constantly refer to each other by name (it does help). The lack of character development also helps to suggest that, despite working and living together in a confined space, the men really don't know each other (making it easier for the Thing to assimilate them).

Carpenter treats the Thing's assimilation of host organisms inconsistently. The Thing’s size and shape changes over the course of the film, bearing little relation to the host organism’s size and shape. More importantly, the first onscreen assimilation takes, at minimum, minutes. It’s bloody, gory, and loud. Later, assimilation seems to take just a few seconds without, apparently, torn clothing or blood nearby. And why, if the Thing can assimilate its host one cell at a time would it choose the more direct approach of assimilating its host all at once (when it's most vulnerable).

Issues aside, "John Carpenter's The Thing" continues to work viscerally and emotionally, connecting themes (identity (loss thereof), unknowability, claustrophobia, isolation, and paranoia) to Carpenter’s taut, unobtrusive direction, credible, convincing performances, Morricone’s score, and Bottin's creature effects work. It may just be Carpenter's single masterpiece (others might claim "Halloween" deserves the “masterpiece,” while a smaller group of fans will point to Carpenter's genre-bending martial arts/action/comedy, "Big Trouble in Little China").

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User Comments

4/15/19 Jonathan Almgren Classic horror, one of my favorites. 5 stars
12/16/18 Ajp wales Horror Family favourite. Just watchable. 5 stars
10/29/16 morris campbell nightmarish sci-fi horror awesome creature effects 5 stars
9/07/16 Bobby Dazzler A very suspenseful and gripping sci-fi horror movie that delivers the goods every time. 5 stars
4/26/16 Ken A sci-fi horror masterpiece by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell. 5 stars
4/20/16 Nick Awesome movie. I can't believe it was looked at negatively when first released. 5 stars
3/28/16 Aj wales Precinct 13 with an alien. 5 stars
6/18/14 Khlysty A nihilistic nightmare and a perfect film 5 stars
3/23/14 Justin R. Very amazing film! 5 stars
3/20/13 Daniel M. John Carpenter's best film 5 stars
3/04/13 Son of Celluloid The rarest of the rare...a good remake. 4 stars
11/04/12 Marty Fun sci-fi movie. Plenty of WTF gore moments. Suspenseful. 4 stars
9/28/12 roscoe Could've gotten to the great stuff faster, but still, great cast, effects, and suspense. 4 stars
1/18/12 Marc DC Too much gore, not enough suspense... 2 stars
10/13/11 The Betpet Just simply awesome! 5 stars
6/30/11 jmoore Amazing movie, you either love it or hate it. 5 stars
2/23/11 JonRandall A perfect film and the best of it's genre. Belongs on top 100 list 5 stars
2/19/11 Ark Kickass! the ending was especially powerful! 5 stars
5/21/10 dr.evil K.R. pouring his drink into his computer was needless silliness. Unlikeable characters all 3 stars
1/05/10 art STICK TO THE 1951 verison INSTEAD! 1 stars
12/14/09 TravisN One of my 10 favorite films of all time (alien is too) 5 stars
11/01/09 art A DISGUSTING MOVIE! 1 stars
10/30/09 Omar John Carpenter's sci-fi/horror masterpiece. 5 stars
10/23/09 Sad52 He purposefully chose the "lightest" student in the classroom to carry out a task 4 stars
10/23/09 Merlin19 Hope for the future can trump the fear to risk reaching for it. , 5 stars
10/22/09 Stinky70 That's what I've gleaned from interviews thus far. , 5 stars
9/13/09 Erik Bauer Amazing movie...Carpenter's Masterpiece. 5 stars
8/18/09 Jon B Overrated splatter film that lacks the careful pacing or brilliance of greats like 'Alien' 3 stars
3/28/09 malcolm this classic holds up almost 30 years later 4 stars
11/09/08 Otis Classic about paranoia juiced up by great effects. 5 stars
10/06/08 blah blah simple don die cunt 5 stars
9/22/08 don Garbage. Inferior to Halloween in every way possible. 1 stars
6/16/08 Johnnyfaye With an amazing story and an unanswerable who is it plot? The horror is just a great desset 5 stars
4/25/08 Vinnie A Masterpiece, even after all these years 5 stars
4/19/08 renjith narayanan awesome movie...hard to believe it was made in the early 80s.. 5 stars
3/27/08 Robert Cant believe Ive just seen this for the first time, possibly the best horror movie ever 5 stars
1/25/08 Gene Nigra THE BEST OF THE BEST 5 stars
10/26/07 ahnold Be prepared for maybe too much gore, but EXCELLENT dialogue, character interaction & story. 5 stars
9/30/07 Chris This is the best horror movie Ive ever , not much more to add 5 stars
9/23/07 Pete1976 "The Thing" rock, will never tire of watching this flick, Carpenters best, without a doubt 5 stars
9/15/07 MP Bartley WATCH CLARK...and watch him close, y'hear me? 5 stars
7/17/07 Jamez Paranoia & Isolation-Childs was THE THING @ the end! 5 stars
7/07/07 Tom Servo A true cinematic anomaly, the perfect horror film-verdict= A+ 5 stars
6/02/07 al smith the best horror film without a shadow of doubt and one of the best films ever 5 stars
3/17/07 Hey Sweden Greatest film ever,bar none. 5 stars
2/13/07 Double M Eerie ambiguous PARANOID hell. 1 of the few movies that scared the *beep* out of me.Classic 5 stars
1/26/07 action movie fan exciting suspensful extremely gruesome though-the best film of 1982 5 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini very well done 4 stars
10/21/06 cody a cool movie with lot gore and freaky parts that hair stand up your arms 4 stars
10/14/06 Ron Newbold Close to the short story and absolutely excellent!! 5 stars
10/12/06 AJ Muller Greatest.Horror.Flick.EVER. And so much more than a mere remake. 5 stars
10/04/06 K.Sear The better of the 2 good Carpenter movies. 5 stars
9/30/06 michael better than what you would see on TV 4 stars
9/19/06 James Craig Brilliant! One of the best horror films ever made. 5 stars
9/01/06 ES best movie ever made 5 stars
7/11/06 David Cohen Loud, gory and filled with unlikable characters, I walked out 1 stars
7/03/06 andrew bernard the best effects and monsters i've seen! 5 stars
6/19/06 Toney Burkhart One of the best ever SF Movies! 5 stars
6/11/06 William Goss An all-time horror favorite. Holds up terrifically; wouldn't mind an anniversary rerelease. 5 stars
4/22/06 floozy It is a classic. Screw CGI! Movies are better this way - Carpenter shows it 5 stars
2/24/06 Robert Wonderfully and genuinely suspenseful. A far better film than the 1951 original! 5 stars
12/02/05 cr a gory scfi flick with kurt russell, cool visual effects but slow with bad ending 3 stars
11/21/05 Kurtis J. Beard A classic. Carpenter at his best. 4 stars
11/17/05 John Dog Carpenter's Best. 5 stars
11/12/05 cypress great horror movie, keeps you guessing, suspenseful and full of action 5 stars
11/11/05 Mark Radburn A Must-see Monster Movie 5 stars
11/03/05 baseball-nut I've always liked this film but the "Thing's" costume was poor compared to todays standards 3 stars
11/01/05 Blutarsky The Thing rocks like nobody's bizness. 5 stars
10/25/05 ShadowFace5 One of my all time favorites. Along with The Fly remake. 5 stars
10/15/05 Johnny Most likely the best horror movie ever! 5 stars
10/13/05 ram1brn SHOULD NOT ALLOW REMAKES 1 stars
8/24/05 salamone I thought it was OK. 3 stars
8/17/05 Nick Not just horror, one of my favorite movies period 5 stars
8/14/05 Christine Hosie one of the best flicks of all time, Carpenter left the ending open and did the unthinkable 5 stars
8/12/05 ES clearly the best movie ever made, even viewers today are impressed with this triumph 5 stars
8/10/05 ALDO REAL effects, not George Lucas crap. Carpenter's score is cool. Kurt Russell has a beard 5 stars
7/15/05 TheViper Just plain awesome, great suspense and action. 5 stars
6/30/05 Vic Crap 1 stars
6/09/05 Speed Awesome claustraphobic film 5 stars
5/30/05 Burnt OK...but over over rated... 3 stars
4/16/05 Cary Gordon One of the best remakes ever! 5 stars
3/28/05 mwildeman Lots of bad things came out of the 80's, this is not one of them. 5 stars
3/25/05 JC Pierce Cool for it's time 4 stars
3/24/05 Regis Malone The best movie remake made in the 1980s. 5 stars
3/17/05 indrid cold Makes "Alien" look like Sesame Street. Why does nobody know about this movie? 5 stars
3/11/05 Mr. Slave "Yeah, fuck you, too!" Best horror movie ever! 5 stars
3/08/05 LarryV Fun Alien-clone with a clever twist. 4 stars
3/08/05 Los Daddy CLASSIC!!...Standard for SciFi/Horror..."you gotta be f@!kin kiddin me" 5 stars
1/12/05 Tom Benton One of the best sci-fi movies ever; Carpenter has made a frightening masterpiece; awesome. 5 stars
1/08/05 keithers.. it scared you so your never watching it again...did i read that right ? 5 stars
12/14/04 Vicious An excellent bit of lovecraft influenced sci fi horror, second only to alien. 5 stars
11/20/04 Mark This film scaried me to death The Thing sucks I'm not watching it again 1 stars
11/17/04 Jews for Hitler You gotta be fucking kidding me!!!! Loved when the head sprouted legs! 5 stars
11/06/04 Dunce The one time the remake is better than the original - best of Carpenters' career. 5 stars
11/04/04 wiss fuking-good like the head 5 stars
11/01/04 I don't care if... The Thing is imitating Oscar-winner Affleck & ripped The Fish a new face. hehe 5 stars
10/29/04 armo precedes resevoir dogs in its finale 5 stars
10/24/04 Tom Ciorciari Maybe not as smart as the original, but one of the scariest films of all time! 4 stars
10/24/04 Vince Carpenter's best. Russell perfect. Classic Horror. 5 stars
10/21/04 Shams Huque One of my all time favourite films. Incredible. 5 stars
10/14/04 Don Eckert The greatest horror movie ever made. Simply a masterpiece! 5 stars
9/19/04 Lord Durvok 2 Words can't describe the immensity of this film. 5 stars
9/17/04 Michael I never got the love for this movie. Not exciting or particularly well-done, just average 3 stars
9/15/04 ABRADOX The Thing - Best horror!!! 5 stars
8/27/04 Goggman The greatest horror movie I have ever seen. So original and frightening! 5 stars
8/24/04 K Man anybody who hates this movie obviously needs brain surgery. THIS MOVIE ROCKS! 5 stars
8/24/04 Gray good film but not a great film (i.e. Braveheart) 4 stars
8/19/04 ELI Original sucked compared to this one 5 stars
8/09/04 Monster W. Kung "Careful attention of original"!?! This is much closer to the original story, dumbass. 5 stars
7/13/04 DM Amazingly effective, despite the constant "Hey, let's split up" stupidities 5 stars
7/08/04 "Meth Lab" for Dummies. FUCK YOU 'Daveman'... God you're stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/04/04 Daveman The careful attention to tone n' genuine scares of the original are nowhere to be seen here 2 stars
7/02/04 American Slasher Goddess Great acting, atmosphere, direction, everything about this movie is perfect. 5 stars
6/29/04 Jon Best of its genre, EVER! 5 stars
6/19/04 Braveheart Scared shitless... See it at 3 in the morning alone in an empty drafty house. 5 stars
5/27/04 T-Shirt Guy Kurt Russel rules! 5 stars
5/24/04 Bob MacReady Best movie of the 1980s. 5 stars
5/15/04 MKM Hell Yeah! 5 stars
5/14/04 Gary intense and well filmed 5 stars
5/14/04 Read it, Seen it, Done it Saw this at a special screening in 1982 and IT BLEW ME AWAY! 5 stars
5/14/04 PAYNE Without a doubt, this deserves a sequeal, "The THING II" Coming 2004 5 stars
5/12/04  Shaun Rose What can I say? This movie is Awesome 5 stars
5/12/04 Me great acting, great effects, great movie 5 stars
5/09/04 Alex I don't think I've ever felt such animosity for ANY reviewer before, EVER, than darkofnight 5 stars
5/08/04 Movie Nerd The best horror movie of the '80s! 5 stars
5/05/04 J.Peckerfoot Personal film lesson #46 ignore bad reviews of The Thing-it rocks. 5 stars
4/29/04 Co McPhee Excellent film, very enjoyable - great performances all round 5 stars
4/25/04 Fate - (You should give people more to say if you want proper feedback Critics need:To know how to judge movies, Lose perverse mouth, A life besides raping movies 5 stars
4/17/04 BaztarD_101 The blood test scene rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/07/04 Sig WOW... uh, wow?... Oh, WOW! 5 stars
4/03/04 Prospector McGraw darkofnight is a goddamn idiot (and a long-winded one at that). Carpenter's best film. 5 stars
3/29/04 American Slasher Goddess A modern day classic,Carpenter's best,besides Halloween. 5 stars
3/28/04 Cheryl An incredible, terrifying ride. I envy those who haven't seen it. 5 stars
3/25/04 Alfred Guy Every movie has flaws & cont. errors. Bottom line this movie is awesome! 5 stars
3/23/04 KGB cool 5 stars
3/22/04 R.J God darkofnight stop being fat and start being cool shit this movie rocks! 5 stars
3/21/04 Keifer Sutherland_RULZ A instant classic without a dobut. Better than 'Body Snatchers' 5 stars
3/20/04 Jack-pyschO-Lantern Now why can't either Hollywood or even, John Carpenter make something like this???????????? 5 stars
3/18/04 Umbrella Corporation. THIS SHOULD HAVE A SEQUEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ Highly Entertaining and Frightening...!?!~! 5 stars
3/08/04 Sean McLean One of the most effective and terrifying claustrophic horror films ever made. 5 stars
2/23/04 Naturezrevenge The bomb. The alien mutations are glorious and the plot is as tight as a clam's ass. 5 stars
2/15/04 Monster W. Kung A truly scary and horrific alien movie; I don't know what darkofnight was watching. 5 stars
2/15/04 the gourd Someone should seriously kill this retard, everything flies over your stupid head, go die. 5 stars
2/12/04 jdogg darkofnight is an idiot! he hates everything!! 5 stars
2/12/04 Jack Sommersby An atmospheric, eerie, nerve-jangling masterpiece. Stellar acting. 5 stars
1/15/04 T^im The best horror movie ever filmed. 5 stars
12/14/03 Falco This norwegian loved it. "Det der er ikke noen bikkje, det er en slags ting!" 5 stars
12/05/03 Agent Sands I don't like the dog deaths, but the FX are cool. 3 stars
11/27/03 John a tour de force from beginning to end 5 stars
11/20/03 Gray good shit 5 stars
11/07/03 Miguel Ángel Puerta Pérez La mejor película de terror, ciencia ficción y suspense que se ha creado jamás. 5 stars
11/01/03 American Slasher Goddess Beautifully done. Carpenter best film outside of Halloween. 5 stars
10/25/03 Samuel This movie could have a sequel, but i'd hate to see it ruines like every other.... 5 stars
10/11/03 Lawson H. Wright A sci-fi/horror masterpiece! Aside from "Alien", name one film out there that's scarier... 5 stars
10/09/03 Erik Van Sant They don't get much better than this. Carpenter's 2nd best to Halloween. 5 stars
9/04/03 eddie greatness. quality from all involved, including fx god rob bottin. if you disagree, die. 5 stars
8/14/03 Sammy possibly one of the best horror movies ever 5 stars
8/04/03 Spud Reynolds One very scary shitkicker of a flick. 5 stars
7/29/03 Jake I can't stand gross out movies with goverment acting. 2 stars
7/17/03 MadMatt One of the best Sci-fi/Horror movies of all time!!! 5 stars
7/11/03 john roberts pitch-perfect performances; disturbingly realistic sense of dread and insidious paranoia. 5 stars
7/08/03 j lo you need to make another one 4 stars
7/03/03 Dave Hopman Exactly! 5 stars
6/30/03 AD johns best 5 stars
6/28/03 Dave Hopman John Carpenter at his best.... 5 stars
6/22/03 AD one of the most creepyest films ever great score as well 5 stars
6/19/03 Sammy creepy and it gets better every time you watch it 5 stars
6/04/03 Mike My 2nd favorite mmovie behind Evil Dead. 5 stars
4/11/03 dionwr loved it really its the best film ever made after the shawshank redemption 5 stars
4/09/03 Martin Blackler well ahead of its time. A timeless classic 5 stars
3/21/03 Jack Sommersby Carpenter's masterpiece. Wonderfully atmospheric and creepy. Acting is top-notch. 5 stars
3/10/03 beehotch See at all costs. Fuck you, whoever hated it. 5 stars
1/31/03 dionwr Great specifics with TERRIBLE everything else 2 stars
1/28/03 wintermute Do you beleive this Voodoo Bullshit? I LOVE this movie! 5 stars
1/27/03 The Aussie Film Reviewer Fan-f'ing-tastic stuff. Gruesome. 5 stars
1/12/03 Jason Awesome must see movie 5 stars
12/27/02 Ally Gator The only movie to ever make me physically ill. Well done for what it is. 3 stars
12/20/02 palaboy101 get ready to be very scared 5 stars
12/17/02 shawshank redemption watch it on my dvd - its great stuff!! 5 stars
12/16/02 The Talking Elbow Best horror film ever 5 stars
12/05/02 GIA a little bit of fear and nothing more 4 stars
10/31/02 Natas Luciferi Best Fucking movie ever!! 5 stars
10/30/02 Josh Scary as hell 5 stars
10/28/02 jordon The best film of all time 5 stars
10/11/02 Huddy Plot , Suspense , Gore , A True Horror Masterpiece, They dont make em like they used to! 5 stars
10/08/02 Charles Tatum One of Carpenter's best...John, what happened? 5 stars
9/24/02 Big Boot Windows really does get booted, brilliant film + game 5 stars
8/18/02 Larry O'Connor The greatest horror movie of all time 5 stars
8/18/02 Film Dude This is how horror is made. 5 stars
8/16/02 R.J. MacReady A Masterpiece. The film by which all other films are judged. outpost31.com 5 stars
8/09/02 Tyner probably the best sci-fi/horror movie ever fucking made. Highest recommendation! 5 stars
7/19/02 Film Guy Not really what i expected but still it was OK 3 stars
7/07/02 warren small this film changed my life in a way i look at movies today. i rate other films based on john 5 stars
6/09/02 emilobile No this film is not crap it ownz j00 5 stars
5/25/02 Robert Carter This movie is exactly what Scott Weinberg said! AWESOME! 5 stars
5/23/02 Kyle Holy shit... Carpenter is God. 5 stars
5/17/02 Phoenix Truly a well done horror. Carpenter's last great horror movie. 5 stars
5/13/02 you i love horer moie that have gore in them 5 stars
4/25/02 Charles Tatum Carpenter's best behind "Halloween" 5 stars
4/16/02 Smirnoff Just got around to seeing it. Monsters and gore galore! Right up my alley! Yeah!!! ;) 5 stars
4/15/02 DA MAN DA BEST! 5 stars
4/07/02 Film Dude Wow. 5 stars
4/04/02 Scott Sumner I hate horror flicks, and this one rocked... 5 stars
4/03/02 Ron Simply the best of its Kind 5 stars
4/01/02 Rockitman007 One of the Best Horror movies ever....... 5 stars
3/24/02 Katie paranoia... 5 stars
2/26/02 Alan Smithee Anyone who considers themselves a horran fan should own this DVD. A truly great film. 5 stars
1/24/02 murat what the hell is this ??? where is the real john work and childs ,nauls and the others 1 stars
12/20/01 Shams Huque Awesome. There's no other word for it. 5 stars
12/20/01 Andy Hall You don't watch the Thing- You exist in the Thing. An amazing film. 5 stars
12/01/01 J_man One of the best horror films ever made. A classic! 5 stars
11/30/01 Scottish Kilt A great original horror movie, much better than the crap out today. 4 stars
11/29/01 Rutt13 Incredible effects make CGI look piss-poor. A classic, intense 5 stars
9/28/01 Phoenix Why don't more people like this film. It's scarier than most horror films today. 4 stars
9/28/01 Palaboy VERY creepy and scary! 5 stars
8/30/01 Henry Ginsberg Theres only one thing that stickes in my mind about this film-the bass ostinato. 4 stars
8/05/01 E-Funk Terrifyingly claustrophobic...this is an underrated Carpenter classic. 5 stars
8/05/01 Todd (Thing-Freak) #1 film of all time...perfect suspense/horror!! 5 stars
7/14/01 Mark Risko HANDS DOWN the best John Carpenter and Kurt Russell movie ever made! 5 stars
7/11/01 Matthew Bartley Faultless.And remember,watch Clark, you hear me... 5 stars
6/23/01 Alexander Wheill Carpenter's best, Cinematic History's Best 5 stars
3/24/01 Monster W. Kung Now that's a scary horror movie. 5 stars
3/11/01 james "bite me" womack This is arguable the best, most fright inducing horror movie of all times. 5 stars
3/10/01 The Knowby Warrior This is not "a" movie. This is THE definitive movie. MacReady is my personal Jim Morrison. 5 stars
2/17/01 Talon An absolute gem of a film,mindnumbingly scary and sickeningly gory. 5 stars
2/16/01 jk this is not a scary film !!!! 1 stars
2/15/01 viking This'll scare you !!!! 5 stars
2/03/01 Gary Bradley The most interesting & surreal alien I've seen 5 stars
1/14/01 Tim Gee Utterly radical, atmospheric mind blowing! 5 stars
12/24/00 bub the actors!!!! the score!!! everybody inVOLVED!!! 5 stars
12/03/00 Cristopher Revilla an underrated classic, thanks to ET 5 stars
11/25/00 Andrew "The Thing" is a work of art. Destroys any CGI bullshit made today. 5 stars
9/19/00 homer simpson beats all modern horroh flicks 100percent 5 stars
6/30/00 Deckard Ranks right up there with 'Alien' as the best Sci-Fi/Horror movie ever. 5 stars
6/20/00 Doc Watch Clark. Watch him close.... 5 stars
2/05/00 Kyle Broflovski Made "Kyle" here pull a major "Stan". This would be a good thing. 5 stars
12/23/99 the Grinch Absolutely flawless... 5 stars
12/18/99 bullit17 scary as hell 5 stars
12/13/99 Matthew Bartley Fantastic...still scary now 5 stars
12/12/99 JonnyAngel Gave me nightmares in '89 5 stars
12/08/99 Scary Joe this movie kicked ass ! and that music..."bump bump bump bump"....it rules! 5 stars
11/24/99 little jerry How this film bombed in '82 is beyond me.Still the benchmark for Sci/Fi horror effects. 5 stars
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