John Carpenter's arctic-alien-shapeshifter horror flick—which pits Kurt Russell's grizzled survivor against a thing from another world—occupies a special place in our collective nerd heart for lots of reasons. But here, 30 years after its June 25, 1982, opening, are our favorite 10.
Carpenter's flick was ignored and dismissed when it was first released into theaters, but time—and the thriving home-video market—have been rather kind, elevating it to the beloved post it now holds.
These are just some of the reasons why we love it so. What are yours?
[Warning: There will, of course, be spoilers ahead!]