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The Thing Blu Ray

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Director John Carpenter and special makeup effects master Rob Bottin teamed up for this 1982 remake of the 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World, and the result is a mixed blessing. It's got moments of highly effective terror and spine-tingling suspense, but it's mostly a showcase for some of the goriest and most horrifically grotesque makeup effects ever created for a movie. With such highlights as a dog that splits open and blossoms into something indescribably gruesome, this is the kind of movie for die-hard horror fans and anyone who slows down to stare at fatal traffic accidents. On those terms, however, it's hard not to be impressed by the movie's wild and wacky freak show. It all begins when scientists at an arctic research station discover an alien spacecraft under the thick ice, and thaw out the alien body found aboard. What they don't know is that the alien can assume any human form, and before long the scientists can't tell who's real and who's a deadly alien threat. Kurt Russell leads the battle against the terrifying intruder, and the supporting cast includes Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, and Wilford Brimley. They're all playing standard characters who are neglected by the mechanistic screenplay (based on the classic sci-fi story "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell), but Carpenter's emphasis is clearly on the gross-out effects and escalating tension. If you've got the stomach for it (and let's face it, there's a big audience for eerie gore), this is a thrill ride you won't want to miss. --Jeff Shannon

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  • 20 November 2017
  • John Carpenter
  • Kurt Russell
  • Blu Ray
  • Arrow Video
  • 18
  • 103 minutes

John Carpenter directs this US sci-fi horror based on the short story 'Who Goes There?' by John W. Campbell. After receiving a distress signal from a nearby Norwegian base, the team from a US research station in Antarctica head out to investigate. They arrive to discover that the occupants of the base are either dead or missing while also finding the charred remains of a mysterious alien life form. Taking the creature back to their base for analysis, the team soon find that it can take the appearance of any living life form, a discovery which puts the inhabitants of the entire station in severe danger.

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