My Current Top 25 Favorite Horror/Suspense Movies starting with #25

  • XXV. The Omen (1976) (Directed by Richard Donner)
  • XXIV. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  • XXIII. Se7en (David Fincher)
  • XXII. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
  • XXI. Scream (Wes Craven)
  • XX. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
  • XIX. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven)
  • XVIII. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
  • XVII. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) (Tobe Hooper)
  • XVI. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero)
  • XV. The Thing (1982) (John Carpenter)
  • XIV. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • XIII. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  • XII. Misery (Rob Reiner)
  • XI. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
  • X. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
  • IX A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
  • VIII. Halloween (1978) (John Carpenter)
  • VII. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • VI. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (George A. Romero)
  • V. Alien/Aliens (Tie) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron)
  • IV. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  • III. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  • II. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  • I. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)

Friday, April 18, 2008

You gotta be f***ing kidding me. A closer look at "The Thing" (1982)

John Carpenter is responsible for directing one the most freakish and bizarre films in cinematic history. His "The Thing" delivers some of the most astonishing and jaw-dropping visual effects I've ever seen in a movie. In addition to the impressive visuals, Carpenter provides plenty of suspense and tension throughout the film. The "blood test" scene stands out as the most intense sequence because the viewer has no idea which character is infected by "The Thing." It simply isn't who you think it is going to be. Kurt Russell leads a solid cast and John Carpenter provides the music (as he often does in his films), but the real standout in this movie is the disturbing visuals and makeup. This movie is a remake, but Carpenter makes it his own and is very successful in creating a sci-fi horror classic. What are your thoughts on "The Thing?"

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