I'm aware that I'm late with some articles and I apologize. Some tough stuff happened in the family and I just lost my muse for writing, but I'm back now to give my pick for a Cult Movie. I'm going to pick the 1982 horror/sci-fi that was a flop at the box office but over the years a following for the film has made the film rise to become one of the most loved films in the genre: John Carpenter's the Thing.
And no this is not a horror movie about Ben Grimm transforming into a rock monster that kills people. If you want to watch a scary movie based on that property then watch the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot.
Directed by horror icon John Carpenter, the Thing is a remake of the 1951 sci-fi/horror film The Thing From Another World which was loosely based off the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell. The remake comes much closer to the book in terms of setting and characters as well as the monster which lurks among them. A team of scientists at a remote base in the Antarctic find a frozen being and when it thaws out, it one by one kills them but here's the twist: it perfectly imitates who it kills. Who is the thing? Watch to find out.
Already a brilliant concept, I love claustrophobic horror because it makes you feel as if you're trapped as well with this creature who could attack at any moment. Not only does it work conceptually but the execution utterly brilliant, Carpenter wisely chose to not have the monster appear often and have the tension rise more and more with the characters' paranoia of the situation.
Speaking of characters, this is where the remake most definitely outshines the original; all the characters are memorable and in one way or another likable. MacReady, Childs, Blair, Nauls, Palmer, Copper, etc. Each are acted perfectly and well written. The monster itself is in my opinion the perfect monster in horror history due to the frightening idea of it being any of your friends AND the infamously amazing practical effects used. Just a warning, if you can't handle intense amounts of blood and slime then you might want to step away from this movie because the Thing is quite disgusting upon first viewing.
Kurt Russell plays R.J. MacReady, he's the character you follow the most throughout the film but even though you know he's the main character, the movie does an excellent job of making you question if he is the creature in hiding or not. Though throughout the film, MacReady is the best character, he's the unlikely hero who has to keep this group of people together and try to figure out how to stop this creature from killing them all. At the time, there weren't many average joe-type heroes so MacReady was something special for the time because he's just a pilot with a smarmy attitude but when he needs to be he can be one awesome hero.
So great characters, great actors, great effects, fantastic horror, and an overall brilliant movie. If you haven't seen, I highly recommend it. I watch every year for October alongside movies like Halloween, Insidious, etc. I'm going to give John Carpenter's the Thing a Solid Platinum.
Have you seen the Thing? Did you like it or dislike it? Let me know in the comments below!