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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 48
- Fresh: 38
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Mr. Carpenter has demonstrated that he can make good, comparatively plain, old-fashioned scare movies and effective suspense thrillers, but he seems to lose his own head when he combines two or more genres, as he [does here].
Fresh: This is one of those rare remakes that remains faithful to the premise of the original but does something unique with the concept.
Fresh: The Thing is a peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror.
Fresh: It's pretty scary and entertaining stuff, though I always get the feeling that nothing in it lives up to the tremendous opening section.
We don't need no stinking titles
If you say you like sci-fi, if you say you like horror... AND YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE... You do not know anything. This is up there, way up there. Rent/buy/download/steal/sell drugs do what ever you have to do to see this movie... GO!
Simply one of the best horror/sci fi films of all time
In my humble opinion, nobody has topped this film in the 25-odd years since its release. I'll put any of "The Thing's" old-school effects up against any CGI-driven movie, or this cast against almost any other ensemble. If you haven't seen the film yet, I envy you because I WISH I could see "The Thing" again for the first time.
Man is the Safest Place to Hide
WOW! Does more need to be said? How about this...there is no parallel. Who's your friend? Who's the Thing? Who do you trust? Who can you afford to trust? If you've never seen this movie...your in for a treat. The only other movie that had such an impact on me was The Matrix (the first movie)...where I left the theater touching the walls wondering if they were really real. This movie will leaving you wondering....is the guy/gal next to you really real? Awesome and worth every penny of the $10.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 1982
- © 1982 Universal City Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.