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The Thing (1982) Film Review

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Image result for The Thing blu-rayOVERVIEW

The Thing is considered to be one of Carpenter’s best movies slammed by critics and misunderstood by audiences at the time, it is now revered as one of the best in science-fiction horror with a notable and impressive set-pieces, performances, special effects and a well-crafted paranoia sub-plot woven in.


The plot starts off with a mystery an alien craft crashing into earth then it is 1982 and a helicopter is casing a dog trying to shoot it in the baron snow. Another outpost is seen yonder and the story movies on from there. The tension starts of quick when the dog settles into the camp.

Carpenter uses a clever use of inter-tension between the characters establishing that the camp is cut off from the rest of the world and that communications have been down for over 2 weeks this is a good starting point for finger pointing and the ultimate breakdown of the team in question.

When “The Thing” reveals itself each character acts in their “own way” no room for generic reactions nor generalisations this plot is people driven, and I think that is what makes this movie stand-out from other horror movies at the time these aren’t cardboard cut-outs. Subtle dark humour is also peppered throughout the movie breaking and reestablishing an aura of tension.

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The Special makeup effects were done by Rob Bottin who is well established in his own right for movies such as “Robocop” and “Total Recall” he uses a clever mix of puppetry, plastic resins, rubber and gloop to create a truly memorable shapeshifting alien.

This was helped no doubt by cinematographer Dean Cundey with its clever use of lightening and trick photography an amazing visual experience. I viewed this movie in HD (1080p 24fps) on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory Special 2k Edition. The picture was pristine, sharp and clear with colours thick and saturated well the main difference is the change in hue with bluish and purplish tones throughout which I think aids the movies environment.


This is a highly atmospheric well-crafted movie that which in many ways has it all going for it with a stellar cast, amazing and memorable effects and a well-crafted and executed plot. Highly Recommended


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

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