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The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998)

Video  -  Documentary  -  1998 (USA)
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A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film.

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Carpenter talks about his craft with plenty of other Things besides.
1 February 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I LOVE The Thing. It's up there with my very favourite films of all time and it often ties with An American Werewolf In London and Halloween as my favourite horror movie of all time. It's an amazingly dark movie with interesting psychological depth and special effects that remain jaw-droppingly impressive to this day.

This documentary about the movie is pretty fine indeed, especially for fellow fans. Covering almost every aspect, from pre-production to concept art and matte paintings to the cast to the work of Rob Bottin (his work, deservedly, is discussed the most throughout the doc), this provides a satisfying epilogue for everyone involved with the movie who knew that they were making something great.

While it didn't really set alight the box office when first released, The Thing has gone on to be a constant favourite in the field of home entertainment. Videotape allowed fans to rewind eye-popping moments and enjoy the FX work again and again while various shiny disc formats have clarified the sound and picture and freshened up the whole film, which is now 30 years old.

John Carpenter, Dean Cundey, Rob Bottin, Kurt Russell, Charles Hallahan, Susan Turner, Albert Whitlock, David Foster and many other people had a hand in bringing this astonishing vision to cinema screens and they all get to relate experiences and anecdotes here.

There have been more in-depth horror movie documentaries than this one but rarely has one provided such a sense of satisfaction for those who always insisted that the featured movie was a modern classic. And that's where writer-director Michael Matessino really scores bonus points.

All Things considered.


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