"We're not gettin' out of here alive. but neither is that thing."
Welcome to Harbour Highlights, a series of cult and classic films handpicked by the Harbour Lights staff.
This month, where better to escape to during the cold month of January than an isolated Antarctic research station? Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, John Carpenter’s The Thing remains one of the greatest examples of a remake that betters the original. It reunited the director with star Kurt Russell for the second of four theatrical films they made together, a collaboration that gave cinema the iconic characters of Snake Pilssken, Jack Burton and this film’s protagonist, R.J. MacReady, heading up an impressive ensemble of men battling isolation, paranoia and gory shape-shifting aliens.
Released in the sci-fi summer of 1982 which saw the debut of films such as Blade Runner, Tron and Star Trek II, The Thing was initially met with an ironically chilly reception that many have put down as a reaction against its nihilistic tone when compared to that summer's other alien visitation film – the much more upbeat and successful E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. These days it’s seen a masterclass of tone, character, dark humour and horror and features some of the best practical effects in all of cinema.