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John Carpenter, the king of 70’s & 80’s horror, brings us this great film. Kurt “Don’t call me Pliskin” Russel plays R.J. Macready, the leader of a desolate arctic observation outpost. As 6 months of darkness are nearing, which is about the only thing they have to look forward to, a Norwegian outpost nearby is suddenly destroyed in some sort of mysterious Norwegian way. Luckily a dog escapes while being hunted by a Norwegian helicopter which unfortunately also explodes. Apparently Norwegians can’t handle explosives safely and have poor animal control policies. Well this dog is special..not in the the sort of way of it can play fetch or roll over but it does have the ability to absorb and takeover over other life forms in gruesomely horrific ways. Count yourself lucky your pet can’t do that. It would make dog shows much more entertaining though.
No one in the outpost trust each other and they soon realize that anyone of them could now be the alien as it’s discreetly takes over people one by one. Snake Pliskin… oops I mean RJ McReady devises a homemade test to out the creature by electrifying petry dishes of everyone’s blood samples. Apparently this is not just to see who get’s grossed out first. the outpost luckily has stocked up flame throwers for the winner. So the films ends up to be a drive-by alien BBQ frenzy ala Kurt Russell. If it moves or scurries then Kurt will cook it.
Great atmosphere and paranoia along with amazing special F/X makes this one of the all time classic horror movies. I say check it out and wear a warm coat while watching it.
Oh and keep an eye on your dog. He’s looking kinda funny.
Watch out for.
– petrie dish kung-fu
– arctic BBQ parties
– creepy Quaker Oats guy
– easy CPR based arm removal techniques
– the dog kennel of horrors
– gratuitous use of flares
What’s the difference between Arctic winters and Michigan winters? Michigan winters have pot holes.
Wasn’t the chef in the muppets Norwegian?
rated 9.3 out of 10 for the movie
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