In its style, The Thing is one of the best. The atmosphere can truly be felt and the actors are partially responsible. The characters are lost in the middle of nowhere, in an awkward situation and everything is put into place to make us be aware of it. Considering this movieís production year, this is even more impressive.
The metamorphosis scenes are worthwhile. The special effects with Play-Doh and puppetry scenes are breathtaking and always startle us. The Thing is a simple yet effective classic that binds horror and science fiction by using the best of both genres. A few details, such as Kurt Russellís beard (that takes away all of his personality), his behaviour and the fact we have trouble following his movements in the dark are harm the film. Still, taken as a whole, this masterpiece is ahead of its time, which is extremely surprising for a remake.