Dead Air Ep 142: The Thing

Mayday Mayday! this is US Station 31. We’ve found something in the ice.

It’s Episode 142 of DEAD AIR!

Today we take a look at John Carpenters undisputed masterpiece; 1982’s The Thing!

A distant outpost in Antarctica is invaded by a sinister alien creature with the ability to merge and copy the physiology of any living thing it touches. With the men at each others throats trying to determine who is even human it becomes an all out war for survival. Worst still is the thought that if this unknowable “Thing” reaches populated areas, the human race would be doomed in no time at all. Can they stop it before there is no one left on the base alive and human? Or is it better for them all to die to save humanity.

One of the greatest science fiction horror films ever made. The single best remake ever produced and what many consider to be John Carpenter’s strongest film that includes jaw-dropping special effects by Rob Bottin. The film was at one time considered a box-office bomb and critical failure that nearly ended Carpenter’s career. We discuss how times and perceptions have changed for this masterful achievement in horror, mystery and suspense.

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