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The Vault: The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter is best known for his cult-hit Halloween more than anything else. That's a shame considering his excellent work in Starman and the sci-fi classic The Thing.

At a remote outpost in Antarctica a dog is running through the snow. Chasing it is a helicopter with a Norwegian crew inside armed with rifles. MacReady (Kurt Russell) and the rest of the crew don't know what to make of it until one of the Nordics shoots one of the crew members. He gets put down and everyone wonders what the hell just happened.

Eventually it becomes clear that what got to the Norwegian camp has infiltrated the U.S. station. A parasite that is able to completely pass itself off as anyone and anything: dogs, horses, vultures and most frightening, humans. It is insatiable and we have no idea what it is.

No one is above reproach. Nothing is coincidental and everyone is suspect. As the crew begins to turn on one another the stakes are raised and suddenly it seems like no one will get out of this place alive.

What makes The Thing so much better than the 2011 film starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton is the fact that it utilizes no computer generated effects whatsoever. Nauseating scenes are created by the hard work of craftsmen. Scares are organic and frequent. Rent or borrow the original instead.

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