Film of the Day #52/ 300
John Carpenter's rethinking of producer Howard Hawks' classic is a paranoid masterpiece that improves upon the original. The Thing is a work of pure suspense unseen since the days of Hitchcock. The strong cast brings the somewhat underwritten characters to vivid life and Kurt Russell is as good as he’s ever been, wearing one of the best beards in movie history. The Thing is one of Carpenters greatest moments, creating a terrifying atmosphere of claustrophobia, suspense and paranoia. The tension is expertly blended with some of the most gruesome and elaborate special effects ever conceived and set a high standard for films that followed. As influential as Alien for its blend of action, sci-fi and chilling horror The Thing is not just an excellent remake, it's an excellent movie.