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A 666-Character Review Of ‘The Thing (1982)’

American researchers in Antarctica are interrupted by a Norwegian scientist desperately attacking a fleeing dog. Unable to communicate, the Americans are forced to kill him and then claim the dog, which reveals itself to be an alien that can flawlessly mimic any being. These harsh men feel like real people as all have understandable suspicions, but none of them are completely correct. The complex situation calls for difficult decisions that could still lead to disaster. The atmosphere of their base changes from tedious to tense. No one can be trusted. The mood is enhanced by Morricone’s stark score and the weather. The creature is held back enough to create suspense, but it’s no less frightening when it’s in full view. The Thing is an amazing film that lives up to its classic reputation.

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Elizabeth Talbott

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