The Subtle Terror of ‘The Thing’

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Spoilers Ahoy! Naturally.

John Carpenter’s 1982 classic remains one of my favourite horror films. It blends subtlety with shock-grotesqueness in an impressive fashion, periods of gore and spectacle are interspersed with a unique tone of foreboding dread and mounting paranoia. Much has already been written about the film’s narrative blurriness: who is taken when is usually left ambiguous and instead unravels…