Hell yeah! Okay, so Alien, Aliens and Predator are all awesome too, but for me John Carpenter’s twisted Antarctic alien gore-fest wins hands down. Just finished watching it for the like the millionth time and felt the need to yarble about it. I think I saw it for the first time when I was about ten years old. It was on the end of a VHS recording of some other flick I’d wanted to record earlier on the same evening. I can’t remember what it was…Indiana Jones or something. So it was, when I came to the end of my chosen movie, there was an advert break and then The Thing began. My Mum obviously thought I was still watching Temple of Doom and so I was left undisturbed to witness the glistening, sinewy, chest-toothed, spider-headed carnage unfold. Sadly, the VHS was too short so I never caught the end, not that that mattered because I was so terrified I had to watch the film in increments over the coming weeks, like working my way up to the high diving board. When, some years later, I did finally see the film in its entirety, it blew me away. It ticked all the boxes. Simple but clever plot. Check. Remote and eerie setting. Check. Hideously nasty ET beastie killer. Check. Kurt Russell (he of Big Trouble In Little China glory) playing a big-bearded, big-hatted, big-goggled, big-balled badass. Check. What more could you ask for? I can’t bring myself to watch the new movie, for fear that another reboot will dilute something that in my mind is perfect. I’m willing to be persuaded otherwise. This isn’t the original poster…but it’s a beauty…it’s by Tyler Stout, an artist with some serious skills. Check out his other fantastic movie poster work at
The Thing…best Sci-Fi horror movie ever?