The Retrospective: John Carpenter’s The Thing.
John Carpenter’s The Thing
Director: John Carpenter.
Release Date: 26th of August 1982.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat and Richard Masur.
John Carpenter is famous for his contributions to horror. He brought us the infamous Michael Myers with his horrifying Halloween. One of his main contributions, though, is his claustrophobic horror, The Thing. He clearly had an unalterable image of how Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks’s 1951 film should’ve been done. It’s a timeless horror; the real power comes from the paranoia and that’s what’s focused on. Keeping it a subzero horror, miles from everyone and everything. Or so you think – the only thing you’re far away from is help. He plays on this premise of something that may as well be invisible because it blends in and mimics others. It plays on the inescapable environment and turning the station into a paranoid hell. The people you’ve spent endless days with are now no longer who they seem or even what they seem. This thought tinkers in their head, destroying everything they used to know.