Agree with all that.The Thing is one of my all time favourite films. It’s a true classic and me and a couple of mates are always randomly quoting lines from it. Yet back when it was released it got a fair old panning and flopped at the box office. These days it widely gets the credit it deserves.
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch also got slated hugely at the time but unlike The Thing a lot of the negativity has stuck, although some people at least are coming round to it not being too bad. Personally, I think the negativity is largely unwarranted, and a lot of the criticism stems from the fact that it simply hasn’t got Michael Myers in it. It’s still a decent film in it’s own right IMO, and has a storyline that is proper sinister even by Carpenter’s standards: “don’t forget the big giveaway at 9, and don’t forget to wear your masks”. And then of course there is THAT jingle which is both annoying and infectious!
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