Cinema: Squeamer

THE THING

Directed by John Carpenter

Screenplay by Bill Lancaster

Science, or anyway science fiction, marches on. It seems only yesterday (though actually it was 1951) that the Thing was nothing more than James Arness dressed up to look like a rutabaga with legs, galumphing around an Arctic research station, scaring the wits out of its personnel. Now the scientists' camp has moved to Antarctica, and the Thing is no longer a thing. It still comes from outer space, but instead of being a monster, it is a kind of infection worming its way...

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