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John Carpenter’s THE THING is More Lovecraftian Than You Thought | Nerdist

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In the 35 years since John Carpenter's first big studio movie, 1982's The Thing, which he made for Universal, was released, it's metamorphosed from flop to underground classic in the horror genre. It is a tautly paced, paranoid, claustrophobic movie with a cast of people we like and don't want to see die, even though that is inevitable. This is all well-documented, but Carpenter's masterpiece isn't merely a great example of monster horror, it's a perfect example of the Lovecraftian "cosmic horror," a notoriously difficult subgenre to represent onscreen. H.P. Lovecraft was a complicated writer. His oeuvre has become the...
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