COLD PLACE: A research station in Antarctica
An under-appreciated sci-fi-horror classic that had the misfortune of opening two weeks after E.T., The Thing tells the story of another kind of extraterrestrial lifeform, one that prefers live flesh to Reese’s Pieces. The remote location of the Antarctic base makes escape impossible — the crew of United States National Science Institute Station 4 will have to get rid of shape-shifting all by themselves. Tense, gory (with deliriously over-the-top work from effects legend Rob Bottin), and filled with genuine scares, the movie is perhaps best appreciated (with the lights out) on a cold and windy February night.
WHERE THESE SCENES WERE SHOT: The exteriors were filmed outside the town of Stewart, in northwestern British Columbia.
OTHER “COLD” MOVIES SET IN THE POLES: Ice Station Zebra, Happy Feet, Whiteout, and Eight Below.