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The Thing: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

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Ratings: IMDB: 8.2/10 Metascore: N/A RT: N/A
Released: June 25, 1982
Runtime: 109 mins
Genres: Thriller Sci-Fi Horror Mystery
Countries: USA
Director: John Carpenter
Actors: Adrienne Barbeau Charles Hallahan David Clennon Donald Moffat Joel Polis John Carpenter Keith David Kurt Russell Norbert Weisser Peter Maloney Richard Dysart Richard Masur Thomas G Waites TK Carter Wilford Brimley

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Posted by basta 3 years, 10 months ago
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THIS version of THE THING is the BEST of all. Period. Not up for discussion. The tense atmosphere, the constant build up of tension and horror and paranoia is awesome. One of the all time classic sci-fi/horror movies ever made. Carpenter's best imho.

Posted by blic 1 year, 1 month ago ( Edited 1 year, 1 month ago )
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Remake has nothing on this! 10/10! My fav horror/SF after aliens,really creepy and scary and Kurt is great in any movie!

Posted by TaureDawn 1 year, 3 months ago
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John Carpenter's version of The Thing is one of the scariest science fiction films dealing with space aliens that I have ever seen. The story itself is creepy enough but Carpenter's vision created a memorable horror film out of the story. The first thing that one notices is the element of icy isolation. The group of scientists are in the cold desolation of the Antarctic and loose contact with the civilized world. - That in itself is enough to scare the daylights out of most people. The second thing is the thing. An alien life-form that cannot be seen, is not ghost-like, yet it's presence is well known. The third thing is the suspense and mystery. A mystery of how the creature lives and survives. And the suspense of who is human and who is The Thing! This is a long time film favorite of mine and I do recommend it for those that love aliens stories mixed with horror. On a personal note: I when I look at spiders I sometimes think of this film - the character of Vance Norris (Charles Hallahan). 10/10

Posted by JennyFromBlockC 1 year, 7 months ago
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I've seen this movie at least 50 times, and it never ever gets old. Probably my favorite sci fi movie of all time, and its just amazing. Kurt Russell is just nothing but perfection, and it has a star studded cast to boot. The graphics are AMAZING for a 1980s film, and it definitely still holds up to todays standards. From start to the amazing finish it is one heck of a ride. The musical score is nothing to be trifled with, and the dialog...oh the dialog..is just impeccable. Kurt Russell's unforgettable speech is something that will haunt my dreams forever. 10/10 Stars

Posted by jedidan 3 years, 9 months ago
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I remember skipping school(not for the first time lol) with my friends to watch this movie when it was first released and i was not dissapointed,John Carpenter rarely fails to deliver and this re-make of the 50's sci/fi flick "The Thing From Another World" is no exception.Younger viewers,spoilt by todays CGI might find the special effects a little basic but in it's day the creature effects were groundbreaking,which combined with Carpenters masterly handleing of the tension provided by Russell and Co makes this a must watch for all sci/fi fans,10/10.

Posted by jedidan 3 years, 9 months ago
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An excellent sci/fi flick from John Carpenter which is actually a remake of an old 50's movie,the special effects in this movie were ahead of their time and still stand up today,10/10.

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Posted by Roger_Ebert 3 years, 10 months ago
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Fuck the prequel, this film is amazing. Quite possibly the best horror/sci-fi film ever made. The FX are far better than the CGI crap you see these days. Great cast, the best movie monster ever made, great atmosphere, a perfect score and an ending that really does the film justice. A fucking masterpiece. 10/10.

Posted by Bloodflame 9 months ago
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Why in the hell can't they make movies like this any more? This is a perfect example of why I think 80's horror movies feel more "real" than a lot of the newer stuff. Digital effects, while they can look real, at the same time they still look like digital effects. There are no digital effects in this, it's all on screen. And it tops a lot of the stuff they do now.

Posted by pisces360 10 months ago
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Who goes there? The greatest most intense sci-fi horror film ever made. The cinematography in this is amazing. It has one of the best original scores ever.The entire cast gives amazing performances. It has as much psychological horror as gore from the tangible isolation, paranoia & visceral creepiness that Carpenter created so beautifully in it. & 90% of the makeup & special effects in this can still stand up against the computer generated effects of today. The Thing is in my top 10 of greatest films of all time.

Posted by raidmar 2 years, 1 month ago
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way better than the newer one. Russell and the rest were great. 9/10

Posted by gabberhouse24 3 years, 10 months ago ( Edited 3 years, 10 months ago )
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This film is far superior than that garbage prequel that came out in 2011. It's one of the best Horror/Sci-Fi films of all time, easy. It surpasses the original as well. @DebbieLegg - That is exactly what is killing films these days...CGI.

Posted by DirkDiggler24 3 years, 10 months ago
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My favorite horror movie of the 1980's!

Posted by rocco_tano 4 years, 2 months ago
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One of the best horror movies and probably the most underrated movie of all time.

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Posted by Clintorious 4 years, 4 months ago
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I saw the prequel yesterday and it was amazing. Just as good as this remake IMO. Whoever the director was really did his homework with the new one and got EVERYTHING right. Every little detail, and on top of that he created his own terrifying and compelling story about how the events lead up to this movie while staying true in its spirit and making references to it. I really have to give it up the the director of the new movie, its rare hollywood releases prequels/ remakes that are this well done. If you haven't seen it yet you need to see it. Then come back home and watch this one, and it will pick up when the new one left off. And of course John Carpenters The Thing is a horror classic so if you haven't seen this movie you really need to do yourself a favor and see it. It still hold up its scare value even to this day. 10/10

Posted by gabberhouse24 4 years, 11 months ago
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This is one of the best Sci-Fi/Horror films of all time, as well as probably being the best remake to ever get made. A DVD collection is not complete without it. 10/10.

Posted by MrWorldWonder 4 years, 11 months ago
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Posted by BaSsimOO7 4 months ago
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For an 1982 movie, this was actually very well done!!

Posted by odalix 6 months ago
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one of the best horror movies I've seen

Posted by R0m3o 9 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

pretty good movie, never expect it to be so interesting. 8/10

Posted by drago666 1 year, 2 months ago
+2 | +3 / -1

in terms of story this one is way better than the newer one but in terms of visuals the newer one is a lot nicer

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