Man is the warmest place to hide

Of all of John Carpenters’ films, his 1982 offering The Thing may still be his most under-rated. A remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World, by way of a treatment from Bill Lancaster (son of Burt), the film pits the team of a US research station in Antarctica against a shape-shifting alien recently thawed out from the permafrost, able to replicate anything it takes over perfectly. Its special effects, courtesy of Rob Bottin, have lost none of their power to shock over the ensuing four decades. Had it not been released at the same time as a more uplifting alien narrative – Steven Spielberg’s family-friendly blockbuster E.T.The Thing might have enjoyed the box office reception it deserved. In the years following its release, it has amassed a cult reputation amongst cineastes with a penchant for ghoulish cold war paranoia. In this respect it is the perfect metaphor for the world environment in 2020.

Man is the warmest place to hide