During the harsh winter of 1982, the group of American scientists at an Antarctica research station receive three strange visitors. Two Norwegians from a nearby camp are attempting to kill a dog fleeing from them across the snow, an incident which soon leaves both men dead and the stunned Americans at a loss.
Were these men driven mad by their isolation? Why try to murder an innocent animal?
The group soon decides to send an expedition to the Norwegian base and what they find there chills them to the bone. Several men are dead here, some by their own hands, the camp is devastated and a deformed man-thing is found frozen in the snow outside. Evidence suggests that it was burned by the survivors from the Norwegian team. They take the corpse back with them for investigation. What significance does it hold for the rescued dog and indeed the men living at the American camp?
This is the premise for THE THING, a super thriller directed by JOHN CARPENTER and hailed as one of his best films! Featuring a nucleus of well-known actors of the time - including regular collaborator KURT RUSSELL - the dazzling beauty of the snowy landscape often contrasts with the horror developing within the claustrophobic confines of the station interior.
Unlike certain films, THE THING has hardly dated at all after all these years and the make-up special effects (in a time before CGI dominated affairs) still stand the test of time very well. Indeed, the scene at the operating table is one highlight and the effects much better than many modern computer aided efforts!
CARPENTER cranks up the tension as his small cast rapidly dwindles in a life-or-death struggle against a hidden, but vastly superior enemy, and the performances are perfect as each individual begins to crack under the strain of increasingly horrifying events. There is much which stays in the mind long after the film has been viewed, not least the haunting soundtrack by ENNIO MORRICONE.
To honour such an outstanding film, there are lots of spicy Extra Features to do it justice, from storyboards and detailed production notes to archive photographs and an audio commentary from both CARPENTER and RUSSELL. The Original Theatrical Trailer is included, as are a batch of cut scenes (including an alternate ending) but the pick of the bunch is the fascinating 80 minute documentary, THE THING - TERROR TAKES SHAPE, which gives an incredible insight into the making of the film.
Anybody wanting to see a brilliant horror thriller, especially those now fed up of Vampires and long haired crawling ghosts, will find THE THING essential viewing!