The tedium at a small Antarctic research base is shattered when a lone sled dog enters the camp, followed by a helicopter whose Norwegian occupants are bent on destroying the animal. Foiled by a language barrier, the helicopter and its occupants are themselves destroyed. The husky settles into its new home, while a helicopter pilot and a doctor fly off to the Norwegian outpost to find out what the hell is going on.
I had never seen this movie before, and knew virtually nothing about the plot except that it was a remake of The Thing From Another World (1951), which I enjoyed last Horrorthon. John Carpenter's version turned out to be the perfect horror treat for this bizarrely snowy, dark, October afternoon. Anyone on the blog who hasn't seen The Thing, take one second to appreciate the non-spoily picture I chose, then go out and immediately rent and watch this beauty. From moment one I was enveloped in a sense of unease that persisted throughout the movie, aided by excellent acting, visual effects, and background music. I've been watching so many crappy movies this year, to see a well-made movie unfold is an even greater pleasure.