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The Thing

  M HD Closed Captioning

John Carpenter

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Plot Summary

Horror-meister John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Once unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.

Customer Reviews

Blood on the snow - and more blood

This movie scared the pants off me when I saw it first release. It's imbued with a sense of dread that keeps the tension high in every scene. The film came out during the first few years of the AIDS crisis and there are AIDS metaphors in the film that were considered risky at the time but may pass unnoticed today. Kurt Russell's excellent performance anchors the story.The gruesome effects are very convincing. One scene involvng a dog will make you look at your puppy in a different light. A film worth repeated viewings.


The film acutally came out in the 1980,s 82' or 83. Yes it was brilliant, very innovated. Rob Botton who did the special effects is still a rand master at his craft. 100 out of 100.

80's gore fest

The Thing is a movie of two parts. There's the well scripted suspenseful part that heads inexorably to a thrilling climax. And then there's the gory-soaked 80's schlock horror part that is just plain silly. Watching with 2011 eyes it's sometimes hard to get past the exploding heads and faces turning into alien creatures, the innards becoming outtards and the blood blood blood! The movie could have gained plenty by toning down the fake blood and latex guts and focusing more on suspense.

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  • $11.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1982

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