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

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 stuff of legend and his creations of the Necronomicon and the Cthulhu mythos 100 years ago have inspired writers and filmmakers from Guillermo del Toro to Sam Raimi. But of all of the things in the genre Lovecraft can be credited with popularizing, if not inventing outright, cosmic horror is perhaps his most important, and the most ineffable. Cosmic horror is a realization that there are ancient, wholly “inhuman” creatures that exist in our own universe that do not care about us at all. Along with this is the fear of losing your humanity, succumbing to the whims–and sometimes even being engulfed by–these interstellar eldridge behemoths.
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