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Review by Ken|
4 stars out of 4
Although it did criminally low business at the box-office,
this John Carpenter-directed horror classic has since gone on to attain
immortal status on home video. KURT RUSSEL plays the same effective type of
moody, soft spoken action hero role here as that of his Snake Plissken
character from Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and ESCAPE FROM L.A. movies.
Story revolves around a group of researchers in an Antartic outpost who
unwittingly allow a terrifying alien parasite onto their premises; where it
proceeds to infect the entire crew by taking over their bodies and turning
them against one another. John Carpenter creates some genuinely effective
scares as he uses the movie's subdued music score and claustrophobic
confines to instill a sense of true dread and paranoia in the viewer. You'll
find yourself speculating in horrifying suspense as to who among the crew is
still human and who has already been infected. Also, unlike most other John
Carpenter thrillers, the special effects here (done by F/X maestro Rob
Bottin, no less) are nothing short of spectacular; even state-of-the-art for
its time. Not to be missed.
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