Written by Bill Lancaster, the son of acting legend Burt, the screenplay was ideal material for John Carpenter, a filmmaker of great skill but with little patience for pretension and sentimentality.
The film is so effective because it preys on some of our most basic fears, such as paranoia and claustrophobia. It is also one of the most purely visceral horror movies ever made. The awe-inspiring creature effects designed by makeup wunderkind Rob Bottin achieve a menace worlds apart but as successful as those seen in Alien.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: The Thing
Direction: John Carpenter
Screenplay: Bill Lancaster
Cinematography: Dean Cundey
Editing: Todd C. Ramsay
Score: Ennio Morricone
Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Donald Moffat, Richard Masur, David Clennon, Charles Hallahan, Joel Polis, T.K. Carter, Richard Dysart, Thomas G. Waites, Peter Maloney