How exactly did John Carpenter’s The Thing go from critically lambasted to critically lauded?


How exactly did John Carpenter’s The Thing go from critically lambasted to critically lauded?

The initial response from most critics for this move was not positive. Reviewers at that time hated the movie for being "'quintessential moron movie of the 80's', 'instant junk', and a 'wretched excess'". Over time, the film was viewed more positively from both critics and viewers. What exactly happened that caused this change of perspective?

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