Movie of the Year: 1982 – The Thing

Movie of the Year: 1982

The Thing

Will The Thing prove itself evolved enough to be 1982’s Movie of the Year?

The Thing makes us confront the fact that if we had the ability to look like, or be like, anybody it would only be a matter of time before we would choose to become Wilford Brimley. No way the universe’s most evolved lifeform would pass him by. And what is up with the titular Thing? Abandoned (?), sentenced (?), marooned (?)  on Earth, this horrible alien life form takes over anything and everything that crosses its path, perhaps even a never-fetcher Kurt Russell and/or the incomparable Keith David. 

Weird alien lifeform trying to blend in with the humans? What is this thing Jared Kushner? Yeah, we do politics now.

Are the special effects special enough? Is the gore too gory? Is it weird that this movie was made by cast and crew that was exclusively male? I cannot answer these questions in the write-up of the podcast. No, one must look to the podcast itself to answer questions such as these.

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