Isolation horror and contained thrillers, as they're called, are my personal favorite type of horror film. And that's good for me, because there are literally thousands of those out there available to stream. They are probably the most popular type of horror film. We all know the set up: A group of people of various stripes stuck in an environment that is either familiar or completely foreign. Either way works for me. The Thing (1982) and The Ruins (2008) set folks up in an unfamiliar setting. Stinky, smelly, ornery male scientists stuck in their Antarctic station. Good-looking twenty-somethings venturing into the hot Mexico sun and finding more than they can handle at an archaeological dig. Completely different setting; same type of horror.
The Thing was raked over the coals when it came out. Some critics even put in on their worst movies of the year. With E.T. doing box office boffo (always wanted to crowbar that in somewhere), no one had much patience for a nasty outer space dude that would get all goopy. I saw it during it's initial theatrical run, and I was blown away by it. And I was more blown away by all the negativity it received. I'm glad the rest of the world has come around to my opinion. ;)
The Ruins was a film that went somewhat under the radar, but should be seen. There are some cool things in there that I haven't seen before in other horror flicks. Can't say that about too many movies. Worth checking out!!
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