John Carpenter proves to us once again that he can handle horror with his fluent direction in this film. Not only has Carpenter handled horror, but he has perfected horror. With films like this and Halloween, my review of which will be up later this week, there's just no stopping him. His direction in The Thing is practically flawless, managing to get the best out of his leads, particularly Kurt Russell. With this film, Carpenter does things that rarely any other director dares to, going so far as to lower the temperature of each set piece to match the conditions of Antarctica, or close enough to it. Carpenter also manages to capture the film in a way that's almost gorgeous. There's not really a better way to put how natural and capitulating the camera movements are in this movie.
That's possibly what I love most about this movie, there's no possible way to know what's going to happen next. Everybody in this film has some characteristic that makes them a possibility of being the Thing, and so the outcome cannot be foreseen. Without spoiling the entire film, when we reach the film's ending we're left with just one final question that requires an answer, but this is an answer that we simply will never get.
To sum up, The Thing is a truly terrifying film that relies on tension to bring itself to the finish line. With fluent direction from John Carpenter who goes to extremes to get the best performances out of his cast, particularly from Kurt Russell, The Thing is a must-see.