A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims. (IMDb)
Here’s the thing (sorry not sorry), this would’ve been a good movie even without those glorious and gutsy practical effects: the slow-burning plot of discovery and suspicion, the freezing Antarctica setting, the simmering tension and subtle chills of the ambiguous ending (“Why don’t we just wait here for a little while, see what happens?”). But then you add in a cavity with teeth (hah), a spider-head (“You gotta be fuckin’ kidding”), and an octopus dog and The Thing goes from good to great.
MacReady: Somebody in this camp ain’t what he appears to be. Right now that maybe one or two of us. By spring, it could be all of us.