The Thing – Horror Movie Marathon – Favorite Horror

Only three days left in October, so to finish out the month I want to post my top three horror movies.

The Thing

Movie: The Thing
Year: 1982
Rating: R

The Story, in a nutshell: Scientists at an outpost in Antarctica encounter an alien life form.

Reason it’s awesome: First of all, this is an entirely male cast, which is great because you don’t have any love interest getting in the way of the story, and there’s no weak, weeping girl waiting for a monster to kill her. I think that the one-sided nature of the casting adds some great interpersonal drama. Second of all, the effects are great, especially considering they are 30 years old. They are great because they are actual props and creature effects, rather than being CGI or other animation. I just love when a cast is able to interact with a physical prop, rather than a green screen. Third, the ambiguity of the ending ¬†gives me the chills, every time.

Humor level: 2/5
Violence level: 4/5
Scary level: 4/5

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