THE BLOOD TEST
Who is infected? Whoâs the shapeshifter? MacReady devises a simple test: take a small sample of everyoneâs blood and put a hot wire in it. If the blood is normal, itâll just sizzle. If itâs not .... The tension mounts in the most delicious way.
Like Alien, The Thing is a sci-fi haunted house movie, with the added element of the monster being âone of us.â As such, Carpenter goes to great lengths to foster that sense of distrust in both his characters and the audience.
Two men sit in the cold, watching their temporary home go up in flames. Are both of them human? Will one of them bring untold horrors to civilization once rescue arrives? Itâs a beautifully depressing, ambiguous ending.
KURT RUSSELLâS BEARD
Just look at it. Itâs so lush and overgrown, like the charred brown lawn of the old man down the street who never cuts it and leaves it to roast in the summer heat. Itâs so perfectly, defiantly manly. Plus, it holds icicles really well.
Before The Thing, there had been gory movies and there had been sci-fi movies, but the two were never synthesized together with such visceral skill as this, with special effects maestro Rob Bottin (and an assist from Stan Winston) going balls-out to gross out moviegoers.