The Thing (1982)
On an American research station in the Antarctic, a frenzied researcher from the neighbouring Norwegian station comes raving in, urging them to kill the dog he has been pursuing, who he claims is not quite himself. Soon after, strange things start happening at the American station, and the crew, lead by MacReady, played by Kurt Russell, must start investigating in order to save themselves from what appears to be an inexplicable threat. In this sci-fi horror classic from John Carpenter, you cannot trust anyone or anything. It's a chilling, merciless experience with all the qualities that classic horror should have, and without the more modern tactics of jump-scares and faltering logic within the realms of the story. The Thing was criticized by contemporary critics (and possibly the audiences) for being cynical and cruel, but that's exactly Carpenter's point and ultimately merit here. He wanted his film to be sinister, he wants you to feel the despair. And in the course of the decades that has passed since 1980, The Thing's timelessness has become more and more apparent. Like most of Carpenter's early work, the film has got a seductive, gloomy quality. And the craftmanship behind it all, especially the gory visual effects, is a joy to behold for true horror aficionados.