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The Thing

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John Carpenter

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 46
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

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]. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: This is one of those rare remakes that remains faithful to the premise of the original but does something unique with the concept. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Apr 11, 2011

Fresh: The Thing is a peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror. – Adam Smith, Empire Magazine, May 25, 2011

Fresh: Shows more originality, wit and invention than possibly any other film you might call a remake... as influential as Alien for its blend of action, sci-fi and chilling horror. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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.

Carpenter's absolute best movie

Halloween got Carpenter's name in the books, but his take on Howard Hawks' The Thing still remains his undeniably best movie to date. With mind-blowing special creature effects that make you go "Ewwwwwww!" and a cast of characters, pertaining of at least one or two people that everyone could connect with, this film grabs your attention from the first shot and never lets go. This is the first film I put on my iPod. I guarantee you will enjoy this movie, otherwise... I'll French kiss an alien.

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The Thing
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1982

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