Halloween Movie Tip #6 – Watch My Favorite Horror Movie! It’s Directed By John Carpenter, And It’s Not ‘Halloween’ [VIDEO]
I was going to save this one for closer to Halloween, but there is a new prequel hitting the theaters this weekend that may tarnish the image of this franchise, if early reviews are any indication. John Carpenter got his break directing the landmark horror film ‘Halloween’, but for my money his best movie and my favorite horror movie is 1982′s ‘The Thing’. Forget the cliche’ of a teen boys and girls getting chased by some evil killer. This movie is just the opposite, in fact there are no teens and no female characters to be found.
Kurt Russell is the star of a talented ensemble cast that even includes Wilford Brimley dropping an ‘F-bomb’! They are all American scientists stationed in the middle of nowhere Antarctica who are stirred out of their normal routine by a nearby Norwegian camp hunting down a dog approaching the Americans. Why are they trying to kill this dog? The answer turns into a movie of paranoia and horror. The special effects, while slightly dated, hold up because these were models created by Rick Baker without the help of any CGI effects.
The early buzz on the pre-quel of ‘The Thing’, opening this weekend, is mixed at best. I may check it out of curiosity, but make sure you watch John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ from 1982 this month!