Directed by John Carpenter
I recall my playwriting professor naming this as an example of a great ending. I guess to reveal its brilliance would constitute a spoiler alert citation. But this is truly a must see film and I am not just saying that because I'm a kiss ass.
Basically, a group of Americans working in a research station in Antarctica are being terrorized by an alien who is capable of taking the form of any living creature. The paranoia between the scientists becomes as destructive as the Thing itself.
We have been hit with quite a few sci fi films recently and this is easily my favorite. First of all, I adore Kurt Russell and thought he was perfect in this: rugged but not unreasonably so for a scientist. The tension is this movie is skillfully done. Just like in Das Boot, we feel just as trapped as the characters. The story and tone reminds me of H.P. Lovecraft's story At the Mountains of Madness, which I realize is a rather obscure reference. Still, the similarities are striking.
Definitely something that alien, especially Alien, lovers will enjoy.
Personal favorite film of John Carpenter.
All male cast. How empowering. Good for them.