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The Thing

HD   R Closed Captioning

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: 59
  • Fresh: 49
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

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 set in an all-male environment, and is as much a study of masculinity in crisis as an update of the sort of siege scenario that Carpenter had already played out in Assault on Precinct 13. – Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, Oct 23, 2017

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

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Customer Reviews

The Thing

Great Movie. I think that it is Carpenter's best work so far. It is almost better than most of todays movies. Especially Snoop Dawgs Hood of Horror.

Best Horror Film

Without a doubt the best Horror film ever created. Changed movies forever.

Amazing film

This is one of the (if not the) best sci-fi/horror film that I have ever seen. Suspenseful and creepy, this movie just brought out fear for me when I first saw it and the monster transformations aren't half bad, considering the movie was made in 1982. The title looks better on the copy of the DVD i have, but what else can I say? It's on iTunes and i'm happy. But that's my own opinion.

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

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