I remembered this film being one of my favorites from John Carpenter, and this rewatch hasn’t changed my mind at all. It’s a fantastically creepy slow burn of a Lovecraftian thriller, at least until the last 30 minutes when the monsters come out to play. Sam Neill is in great form as insurance investigator whose job it is to assume that everything’s a scam. Even as reality slips away, he clings to some hope that what he’s seeing is not the truth.
Except it is, and presumably monsters come and eat everyone on the planet, nom nom nom. I mean I assume that’s what happened. I don’t know for sure, so this isn’t actually a spoiler.