The Thing ★★★★½

I mean, what new comments could I have to make about The Thing? These creature effects are absolutely unparalleled. One of the best scripted and most tense horror-thrillers ever made. Carpenter is working the fuck out of those split-diopter shots. Funny that two of these characters are named “Windows” and “Mac,” huh? Sorry, not “funny.” What’s the word. “Notable.” No, not that either. It’s something!

Was surprised this was a Morricone score, I think I’d always assumed it was Carpenter, even though I’ve seen it before and it says up top that it’s Morricone. His score is mostly invisible here (I should really watch Cinema Paradiso or The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) but when it isn’t, it works so well. A lot of great, pulsating synth (which I did not picture him using! I admittedly don’t know much of his work though!) and some perfectly paranoid strings. Reminds me of the Phantom Thread score, which I will gladly evangelize at any given moment. RIP Ennio Morricone.

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