© Josh Sager – May 2014
Arguably the most disturbing horror movie that I have ever seen was John Carpenter’s 1982 horror movie “The Thing.” In it, an alien creature stalks the inhabitants of an arctic research station by infecting, taking over, and replacing the researchers—it copies their bodies and memories so that it can impersonate them until it can strike. Unlike in most horror movies—where there is an easily distinguishable monster or enemy—the viewer of The Thing is left wondering which of the crew is actually a monster who could, at any point, grow fangs, tentacles, or claws and start killing the real humans.
(Note – this image is from the 2011 prequel to The Thing, but it shows the same creature)
Given the subject-matter of this movie, one would think that it would have no connection to American politics—unfortunately, American politics has gone somewhat insane in recent years…
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