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Thing, The

1982 / d. John Carpenter
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Early Carpenter is un-be-freakin-lievable. The man had the Midas touch when it came to making horror flicks, and with movies like THE FOG, HALLOWEEN, and THE THING under his filmography, it’s no wonder why he’s one of the undisputed masters of the genre. THE THING, though not a box office smash by any means, is almost undescribable. When Pinhead, in HELLRAISER, says the line “we have such sights to show you…” he must have planned to throw on a copy of THE THING, because the special effects are unimaginably disgusting and downright breathtaking. Without a doubt the darkest and most grim of Carpenter’s films, the remote and claustrophobic Arctic setting only amplifies the terror and hopelessness that dominates the film from start to end.

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Alien

1979 / d. Ridley Scott
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Bleak and claustrophobic sci-fi/horror that owes much of its memorability to the concept art of the legendary H.R. Giger. When the crew of the ship Nostromo receives a mysterious S.O.S., they travel down to the planet to investigate — ultimately setting in motion a horrifying series of events that has them fighting for their very survival. Tight cinematography, well designed sets, and director Scott’s genuine knack for effective filmmaking come together in making what has become a genre classic. Followed by the equally excellent — if not arguably better — ALIENS, and additional sequels of varying quality.