So I never did an #introduction but I probably should, so...
Seriously. The entire plot of THE THING can be resolved by isolating the Thing and being like:
"Hi. We are human beings. We find it culturally insensitive when you forcibly co-opt our flesh to survive, and will respond aggressively if you do. Please don't initiate this conflict. If you require living flesh to live, we are happy to provide you with non-human samples. We are also happy to provide other material assistance as required. Looking forward to a productive partnership. Thx, humans."
So yeah tl;dr the wildest thing about THE THING is that The Thing... doesn't actually really do anything wrong, per se?
Like it's an alien and its method of survival is confronting to us as humans, but it doesn't seem to behave maliciously. (And multiple scenes show the opposite?)
Instead, basically all the conflict in the film is because the human characters MASSIVELY OVERREACT... *and* no-one ever considers just, like. Talking? To the Thing (since it's obviously sentient)?
(I mean not entirely because it makes its whole shtick *almost* a criticism of Silicon Valley-style capitalism except, phew! The Big Bad is actually aliens and, phew! Also MUSLIMS!!!!!!! So it ends up having this kind of wishy-washy choose-your-own-adventure political stance. But. It aa-aa-aa-aa-almost gets there, probably more than any other superhero film in recent memory.)
Which is also, incidentally, why I think VENOM is suck an odd duck of a film. Because it manages to sit in the middle of a su-uu-uu-uu-uu-uper conservative/right-wing genre (i.e. superhero media), yet because it skips/condenses/etc. so much of its own comics lore in order to shove itself into its running time, it ends up... ki-ii-ii-ii-ii-inda almost ends up on the subversive end of the horror spectrum.
On the flip side is the horror of people like Clive Barker, where "normative" space is itself shown as constricting and in-and-of-itself violent, and transgressing it is both horror and liberation.
See also Jordan Peele, and films like JENNIFER'S BODY or TEETH. (All of which, along with Barker's work, at all not coincidentally made by/for/about marginalized peoples.)
TBF I don't think that's... entirely true. But I do think horror has kind of two polar opposite ends, each of which map to different ends of the political spectrum.
The horror of works like THE THING in primarily conservative, i.e. the "invader" coming in to a "normative" space to disrupt it, and that needs to be violently overthrown.
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