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THING, THE (1982)

Nearly 40 years after its release, John Carpenter's THE THING still boasts some of the most shockingly grotesque and fiendishly inventive monster makeup effects ever put on screen, courtesy of master makeup artist Rob Bottin, putting to shame much of today's CGI. Frequent Carpenter collaborator Kurt Russell stars as R. J. MacReady, leading a rapidly dwindling and ever-more paranoid group of Antarctic-based scientists in their fight against a shape-shifting alien that can assume any animal form, at times combining different species' parts into some gruesome improvisations. Stylish and suspenseful, Carpenter and company's lunatic vision demands to be seen on the big screen. DIR/SCR John Carpenter; SCR Bill Lancaster, from a story by John W. Campbell Jr.; PROD David Foster, Lawrence Turman. U.S., 1982, color, 109 min. RATED R

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John Carpenter
109 Minutes
Sci-fi horror

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