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A couple thoughts on The Thing (1982)


I just watched The Thing for the first time with my roommate and enjoyed it a lot. Here are some scattered, unorganized thoughts on it.

I haven’t watched many horror movies. I wouldn’t say I’m much of a movie watcher in the first place, but as a kid, I was always the type to avoid them. And for good reason, as anything scary resulted in typical findings: reawakened fear of the dark, nightmares (and therefore lack of sleep, etc. These days, I have a much better stomach, but I still have a lot of catching up to do.

The Thing scared me. The jump scares, though there were not many, definitely got me. What’s more, the special effects were phenomenal and made me both frightened and fascinated. Before the movie, my roommate told me that the movie did poorly because it relied on practical effects rather than CGI. These days, many would readily admit that the practical effects in this movie are what sets it apart and what makes it still hold up. As bodies split apart, and blood flew, I was intrigued. There are so many examples, but maybe one of the most obvious is the Norwegian researchers’ body (bodies?) found at the beginning of the movie. Their faces melted into each other and their limbs were askew almost incomprehensibly.

I have more thoughts, but they’re not tumbling out faster than I am falling asleep. More later—maybe I’ll think of more things during my 8-hour shift tomorrow.

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