The Thing (1982)

Rating: ****
Director: John Carpenter
Music: Ennio Morricone
Special Effects: Rob Bottin, Stan Winston
Cast: Kurt Russell, Keith David

John Carpenter's remake of the 1951 classic is a terrifying and gruesome tale of fear and paranoia, as a nasty shape-shifting alien is on the loose in an Antarctic science station. Kurt Russell is awesome as the guy who takes charge of the situation, and by the end of the film he's pretty messed up. The makeup and effects in the film are mind-blowing and hold up even today. Definitely one of Carpenter's finer moments.