14) 'The Thing' (1982)
This isn't the first time that director John Carpenter remade a Howard Hawks-associated project; his "Assault on Precinct 13" took its plot setup from the Hawks-directed "Rio Bravo." In that film and this 1982 reboot of the 1953 "The Thing From Another World ... more," Carpenter took out the warm-and-fuzzy character elements and concentrated on relentless suspense. The teamwork-against-a-common-enemy ethos of the original "Thing" goes out the window here in favor of a who-do-you-trust story line in which members of a team isolated in the Arctic are killed by the title thing one by one, even as said thing takes on the identity of a victim. Incredible action sequences, weird mutation special effects, dialogue that's terse to the point of being nearly nonexistent -- this is one tough horror/sci-fi film, a masterpiece of tension and sensible cynicism. One of Carpenter's finest directorial achievements, and one of star Kurt Russell's most convincingly biting performances.