The Thing Review
Written by: jamhorner
I remember when I first saw this movie, I was 7 or 8 years old and I was so excited seeing my first R rated movie, I got as far as the dog kennal scene and I had to turn it off cause I was too scared. The outline of this story is an arctic research team stumbles onto a 100+ year old space ship buried in the snow and a frozen alien life-form. The problem is, the alien is loose and it takes the form of its host, so now you don't know who's who. What a twisted storyline. The writers finding clever ways to play tricks with us, and it works.
The acting was there, though at times wooden, but still nonetheless there. I think that the true acting comes when the actors are subjected, aka acting, towards a horrible monstrosity changing into "things" and vicously attacking people. I think that when the actors are not going through hell, there performances slightly decrease but for some reason it's still there.
What I really like about it was the weirdness and the excessive alien gore. It reminisced of such films like "Alien" (1979) and "The Exorcist" (1973). The way that the alien presents itself throughout the film is both disturbing and very clever like, a huge mass of skin and teeth, a human head with spider legs coming out of it, a huge "face mouth" and so many more. The general sound that this creature makes is frightening.
The only problems that this movie has are, it drags on too long with some pointless scenes and chitchat. It tried to add character development, but it seemed as though the characters were like that before the alien even came. Even further it seemed like the characters were more of enemies before the whole mess started.
However, thanks to ET, this movie didn't receive the populatiry that it should have had. But aside from those, this movie is pure frightening, gory and scary fun. I do not recommend little kids to see this movie. If it doesn't affect them right away, it will later on. I do recommend this film to those who like great remakes and general horror genre.