Legacy of Terror 2017

This book contains the reviews of 200 sequels, 80 prequels and 20 remakes.

For each category, installments are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, a list of moods, eight ratings and a three-paragraph review.

The Thing

In Antarctica, a group of scientists comes in contact with a hostile alien parasite that lurks inside their camp.
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature
United States
1982
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Accident
Explosion
Storm
Dimensional: 
Spaceman
Infected: 
Contagious
Host
Screenplay: 
Short Story: 
Franchise Original
Franchise Remake
Franchise Re-imagining
8
One of the best things out there!
8
6
7.04
8
3
3
4
Effects
Editing
Ambiance
This is a remake of the movie The Thing from Another World, a 1951 John W. Campbell story adaptation. The actors are all male and all geared up to face the worst conditions; more specifically, here, an upcoming battle against a powerful being that wraps itself in mystery. The “Thing” can hardly be summarized with words and doesn't communicate the way we do.
The Thing establishes suspense like few horror films do; by laying down the facts, raising questions that may never find answers, then offering you so much more than the many outcomes you could possibly imagine. It uses perfectly paced sequences leading to unexpected jump scares. The animatronics are one of the kind and among the best and scariest ever seen in the genre.
The lighting is always just right; not revealing too much or too little. The thick ambiance is reinforced by an ongoing storm that implicitly restricts and locks the protagonists in; therefore accommodating the creature and forcing the victims to find creative ways to survive. Fortunately, they have big muscles, free access to a large arsenal and aren't the scared type...
Alternate Titles: 
John Carpenter's The Thing
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