TITLE: The Thing (1982) GENRE: HORROR/SCI-FI RATING ***** OUT OF ***** There's very little reason I can think of to as why someone would dislike a movie such as this. It has everything a good horror film could possibly have. Interesting antagonist, great score and of-course an atmosphere so thick you could cut through it with a knife. Carpenter knows how to use a Hitchcock-ian method of making things that appear normal at first seem very frightening, while also satisfying the gore-hounds simultaneously. A true horror classic. TITLE: From Beyond (1986) GENRE: HORROR/SCI-FI RATING: ****OUT OF ***** This is one of the great special effects flicks of the 80s. It ranks up there with The Fly (1986), The Thing (1982), and even The Blob (1988). Unlike many other horror films from the 1980s, though, it didn't fall into the many trappings of slasher films and even other alien terrors. First-off, young adults aren't the main protagonists. A group of only three scientists, as a matter-of-fact, are the characters who arrive at the "house of terror". So, from the first twenty minutes, we already know that body-count isn't the main thing this film is after. Another great element would be the body horror aspect. For instance, in one scene a character's pineal gland emerges out of his head and forms as a third eye. It is a great H.P. Lovecraft film that demands to be seen. TITLE: Rabid (1977) GENRE: HORROR RATING: *** OUT OF ***** This film isn't Cronenberg's greatest work. It isn't even his best outbreak horror flick. However, that does not by any mean take away from how much of an achievement this film is. Cronenberg's genre of "venereal horror" is an interesting one because of how grounded in reality it is. A disease spreading around without any cure is more possible than one might hope. The film's scariness doesn't even necessarily derive from that, though. What makes the film unique, unlike many other horror films out there, would be the venereal epidemic undertones. The film's protagonist, played by Marylyn Chambers, transmits the virus to her victims after seducing them. She is the Typhoid Marry of rabies. See this films as soon as possible.