A nightmarish mutating alien takes the form of members of an Antarctic research base in order to kill them and take their place. This is the one of the classic John Carpenter and Kurt Russell collaborations in which Carpenter manages to dance between pitch black horror, action and light relief to, if anything, make the horror seem that much worse. A perfectly paced plot coupled with some of the greatest physical special effects ever seen make this one of the best. It may be a Hollywood picture, but the plot has no compromises.

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