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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 4 years, 4 months ago
+10 | +13 / -3

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, 8 months ago ( Edited 1 year, 8 months ago )
+9 | +10 / -1

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, 10 months ago
+6 | +9 / -3

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 2 years, 1 month ago
+6 | +7 / -1

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 pisces360 1 year, 4 months ago
+5 | +6 / -1

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 jedidan 4 years, 3 months ago
+4 | +8 / -4

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.

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Posted by Roger_Ebert 4 years, 4 months ago
+4 | +5 / -1

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 Force 2 months ago ( Edited 2 months ago )
+3 | +3 / -0

This is "the movie". Atmosphere, acting, story, content, natural flow of moving from one scene to next, no rush, but yet fast enough so you can dive in to the story ... 99% of new movies are a joke compared to this gem. Must watch a 1000 times.

Posted by JonnyFiv5 5 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

an 80s movie where the black guys make it to the third act

Posted by odalix 1 year, 1 month ago
+3 | +4 / -1

one of the best horror movies I've seen

Posted by Bloodflame 1 year, 4 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

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 Robinson23 2 years, 2 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

great movie kept me on the edge of my seat 10/10

Posted by KelleeWebb 2 years, 5 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Always a good choice for movie night. One of the best horror movies ever! Great story and awesome cast! 10/10

Posted by erikakaskippy 2 years, 7 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

My Favorite Horror Film of all time. The newer one wasn't bad and definitely ties the story in but it does not compare to this one. Timeless! 10/10

Posted by raidmar 2 years, 7 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

way better than the newer one. Russell and the rest were great. 9/10

Posted by jedidan 4 years, 3 months ago
+3 | +6 / -3

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.

Posted by gabberhouse24 4 years, 4 months ago ( Edited 4 years, 4 months ago )
+3 | +5 / -2

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 RichardWhiteley 4 years, 6 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

just the right amount of paranoia, gore, action, sci-fi, and a ridiculous amount of testosterone. almost no typical horror film cliches. i loved it! better than any scary movie today!

Posted by Washburn1 4 years, 10 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

This is my #1 horror movie of all time. It really nails the suspense and has the best practical creature effects of any movie, ever. Good acting too. all the characters seem believable and distinct. I can't wait for a good version of the prequel to pop up on this site. Long live John carpenter and Rob Bottin!

Posted by gabberhouse24 5 years, 5 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

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.

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