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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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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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The Thing Comments

Posted by DaggersForTeeth 2 days ago
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Amazing movie, the effects are just great! For a single place setting, this movie has it all! Great work by legendary John Carpenter. You should watch.

Posted by BleiBradley 1 month ago
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This was awesome, I enjoyed it a lot more than the new one. It had a nice raw feel to it, and the effects were "corny" but so 80's you just can't say no. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves old Sci-Fi Horror films. Even if you don't, it's still an amazing watch!

Posted by JennyFromBlockC 2 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 Robinson23 3 months ago
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great movie kept me on the edge of my seat 10/10

Posted by KelleeWebb 6 months ago
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Always a good choice for movie night. One of the best horror movies ever! Great story and awesome cast! 10/10

Posted by erikakaskippy 7 months ago
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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 Diabolic29 8 months ago
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Possibly the best Horror movie ever made !!! I had to come back and watch this for the 50th time. Still just as good as it ever was !!! Truly a masterpiece !!! 10/10

Posted by raidmar 8 months ago
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way better than the newer one. Russell and the rest were great. 9/10

Posted by Diabolic29 11 months ago ( Edited 7 months ago )
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Absolutely fantastic. This is in my top 5 favs of all time !!!!

Posted by mochababy 1 year, 2 months ago
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THIS FILM IS..... AWESOMETASTIC

Posted by RM_STEEL 1 year, 3 months ago
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such a classic masterpiece 9/10

Posted by Zenspider 1 year, 7 months ago
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The best film in the Carpenter, Russell partnership. And most certainly one of the best movies in the past forty years...

Posted by dermotoblong 1 year, 8 months ago
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One of the greatest Sci fi/Horror films ever made. 10/10

Posted by peaface 1 year, 8 months ago
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A classic horror movie with disgustingly sickening bits of gore added in for fun..! I'd give this film 9/10.

Posted by zaraki119 1 year, 8 months ago
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Amazing FX especially spiderhead. There was no CGI at that time and the way they make that stuff look real is a credit to the FX department. Kurt is the man and seeing a pissed off wilford brimley is a bonus! quaker oats my ass! Spooky and lotsa machismo from the 80s. One of the few times that the remake is better than the orignal. (1951 version)

Posted by doublekk 1 year, 8 months ago ( Edited 1 year, 7 months ago )
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When I was younger this movie scared me and made me feel sick at the same time:L but now after watching it since I have matured I love this movie! I wish both John Carpenter and Kurt Russell would do more movies:/ 7.4/10 Some of the dialogue in this movie is amazing:L The special effects of the creatures are phenomenal, I love the atmosphere and tension this movie provides. Keith David is just a bad-ass, I love snow in movies it just makes a movie that much more good:) I did like the prequel but it wasn't as good as this one and didn't really add anything. My favorite scene has got to be the Blood Test scene some much tension and hesitation:D Such a classic movies and an awesome 80's movies too:D and it also seems to be a law, when in Antarctica you need a beard haha:L

Posted by Mohnsoon 1 year, 8 months ago
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I've seen this when I was 12 years old. Has given me nightmares for weeks along with Don Siegel's Invasion of the bodysnatchers. My two all time favorite Horror flicks. Make sure you got somebody to hold on. 8/10

Posted by CrniVrag 1 year, 9 months ago
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I remember how i watched it the first time on TV 6 or 7 years ago and it scared the **** out of me. Awsome movie! Somewhere in the middle you start to feel the paranoia - who is it and who will be next?! 10/10

Posted by Qibili 1 year, 9 months ago
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This movie is pure genius, the plot is very neat, the theme...well as with most horror movies grows abruptly and the viewer soon begins to feel part of the story.The element of surprise makes this one of the BEST '80s horror flicks(8/10).I'm not sure how good/bad the 2011 version is.

Posted by Badhead 1 year, 9 months ago
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Someone in the movie makes a reference to 'Chariots of the Gods' the book that also partly inspired Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Really into all this ancient alien stuff. Movie was good, very atmospheric. 7/10

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