They sure had cool cover images back in the day!
Kurt Russel really got it. The Old Thing, it was the Big Thing. It still is. Great props. Explosions. A team of researchers isolated out in the snowy... I don't think we are ever told where exactly, but I assume it takes place somewhere North.
It all starts at the barracks, with Kurt playing chess in what appears to be a research outpost, when two crazy Norwegian researchers stumble into their camp chasing a wolf. They're trying to blow it up, when they accidentally blow up their own helicopter and shoot a man on the team (I wasn't sure if was accidental until later) - and get shot in return. So, Kurt and Co go to the Norweigen camp to explore. It's a burnt-out place, void of survivors, except for... The Thing.
It's a good flick, not directly scary, a little bit grotesque, but most of all it's intense. One after another the characters go, and as if it's detective fiction we're left to wonder who is really who; unveil the mysteries as to who did what and where everyone really is. It's a refreshingly reckless venture too. Everyone wants to survive, but in the end they care more about destroying the Thing than about saving themselves, which sets it apart from the dime a dozen horror movies out there. Gritty cinematic suspense of the oldskool type; nicely done. I like it.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle