It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s The Thing.

Billed as “The Ultimate in Alien Terror”, John Carpenter’s incredible 1982 remake of The Thing from Another World (1951) lives up to this claim.

Carpenter changes the original’s vegetable-based humanoid alien into a metamorphic monstrosity that mimics the dogs and crew of a Antarctic research station, after being freed from its icy prison. Fortunately Kurt Russell keeps a level head – and a flamethrower handy – as one by one his crewmates are replaced by the shape-shifting creature. A cousin of sorts to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which also explores the terrifying prospect of being recreated as an alien duplicate, The Thing is a masterpiece of paranoia with some of the best special make-up effects you’ll ever see. Moreover, with all that Antarctic ice on the screen, it’s the perfect choice for a sweltering summer night.

Four reasons why The Thing rocks:

1. The decapitated head that sprouts legs and scuttles away. In fact, ALL of Rob Bottin’s practical make-up effects rock.

2. The moody score by the great Ennio Morricone.

3. The blood test scene.

4. The ambiguous ending.

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.