I realize that by sticking to my shtick here of reviewing only low budget productions, it means that a lot of people's favorite movies (including mine) got left out of our John Carpenter mini film festival. So, following the example of St. Paul in his First Epistle to the Corinthians, "I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some." Which, in this context, means saving you from the trouble of telling me how much I suck for not including your favorite John Carpenter movie. As it happens, I am able to give you The Thing, while at the same time still showing you something that probably cost about 20 bucks to make.
One of the central themes in The Thing is the total breakdown of the social structure when trust is removed from the mix. "We trust" is more important than it appears on the surface." writes Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., "Without trust, there can be no hope... Our lives are built on hope. A hopeless life is a despairing life." Is there any better example of this than the final scene of The Thing in which the two surviving characters, still untrusting of one another, devoid of all hope, sit down in the snow and wait to die? Heck, it even comes across when it's done with Legos.