June 25, 1982, was a good day for genre fans. Hell, that summer saw a spate of genre classics released, including "The Road
," and "E.T.
" But June 25th in particular saw not only the release, as we discussed earlier today, of "Blade Runner
," but also another legendary sci-fi picture, which like Ridley Scott
's film, wasn't well-received at the time, and flopped at the box office, but went on to be enshrined in the geek hall of fame. No, it's not Barry Bostwyck vehicle "MegaForce," but John Carpenter
's terrifying "The Thing
," which despite the efforts of last year's poor retread/prequel, remains one of the greatest sci-fi/horrors ever made.
Technically a remake of Howard Hawks
' well-loved 1951 "The Thing From Another World
," which Carpenter pays tribute to in the opening moments, the new film took a very different approach, ramping up both the paranoia and the eye-popping physical effects,