Saw Carpenter's The Thing at the movies when it came out.
Terrific stunner that was way ahead of the gore/splooshy horror trend that would eventually come about, springing out of the slasher genre like Freddy Krueger's hand out of a narcoleptic victim's chest.
And ooh yeah, great chest scene in The Thing.
The movie went over like gangbusters with us teens. That night with the crowd hollering and hooting along with the movie's expert pacing, Carpenter had won his bet to make an edgy and unfilmable story come to life and entertain like nothing else.
Unfortunately, while the gross-out was cool for young folks, movie sales in the 80s weren't aimed at this market, and the older crowds harrumphed or ignored the call.
It was a bet indeed. And this fave director of mine remained sore about it for years.
Too bad he wasn't there when we rewatched this classic over and over again, on VHS and whenever cable was hip enough to air it.
He woulda loved our continual amazement at the greatness in every frame of its run.
it remains to this day a perfect movie, for mostly the reasons in the article you posted, Rick.
That thumping, low ebb soundtrack, that claustrophopic environment, that terrific cast, those crazyfying effects that might make you insane if you think about such creatures too long.
Rob Bottin emerged an effects god out of this.
Fangoria magazine fed us the skinny on upcoming fantastical features to keep an eye on.
This movie was highly anticipated as a result, from it readers.
ah man, what a time that was
Things are just as cool today, only different.
Pacing ourselves through effects tidbits from Fangoria, knowing Carpenter's craftsman reputation and Russel's hero presence would make this high adventure.
It all led to one night of explosive joy.
To me, that is what The Thing is all about.
One of my top movies, as well.