The 100 best horror films - The Thing

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Number 6: The Thing

By Derek Adams, Dave Calhoun, Cath Clarke, Sarah Cohen, Nigel Floyd and Tom Huddleston, with the generous support of everyone at FrightFest and Cine-Excess. Explore the individual top tens of every contributor.

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The Thing (1982)

Dir John Carpenter (Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley)

Change you can believe in

Time travel has many enticing possibilities, but one of the most enjoyable would be to travel back to 1982 and tell John Carpenter that his new movie would someday score sixth place in a list of the 100 best horror movies – even beating his own iconic ‘Halloween’. Like many future horror classics, ‘The Thing’ was hated on first release, dismissed as an ‘Alien’ clone more interested in pushing the boundaries of SFX than in character or tension. It was a disastrous flop, and threatened Carpenter’s once unassailable reputation as the king of the new horror. It’s hard to imagine now: with the benefit of hindsight (and, more importantly, repeat viewings), ‘The Thing’ has emerged as one of our most potent modern terrors, combining the icy-cold chill of suspicion and uncertainty with those magnificently imaginative, pre-CG effects blowouts. TH

What the experts said

  • ‘John Carpenter presents us with a cast of completely real, believable men dealing with an extraordinary situation. The special effects are still jaw dropping, but once again (as with all the great films that affect you), it’s the finely drawn characters that really matter. If you don't care about the people, then nothing is at stake. Here we are rooting for them to come out alive, as they battle an alien being, then themselves. A nerve shredding ride.’

    Reece Shearsmith

Watch an animation inspired by 'The Thing'

One of the most inventive recent YouTube clips has to be this wonderful reimagining of ‘The Thing’ starring Pingu

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Brian

Finally a horror movie top film list that makes sense & of course it took the British to sort this mess out!