The Thing

The Thing


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Based on both the short story by John W. Campbell, Jr. and the 1951 film produced by Howard Hawks, THE THING is John Carpenter's stunning masterpiece of horror. A group of weary scientists enduring the winter in an isolated camp deep in Antarctica chance upon an alien spacecraft buried in the ice. Near the strange craft is the body of an alien being, frozen solid. Thinking they have made the find of a lifetime, the scientists bring the alien body back to camp and thaw it out. The alien awakens, not in the best of moods, and proceeds to take over the identities of the scientists, one by one, body and all. Helicopter pilot MacCready (Kurt Russell) must lead the surviving men in discovering who among them is human and who is not and how they can destroy "the thing" before it takes them all and moves on to the heavily populated mainland and the rest of humanity. Rob Bottin supplies the awe-inspiring special effects of the creature in its many, ever-changing forms. The effects were groundbreaking at the time and hold up flawlessly over the passing years. But Carpenter does not rely solely on special effects, utilizing his spectacular cast, which includes Wilford Brimley and Richard Dysart, to create three dimensional characters enduring an unthinkable situation. The score from Ennio Morricone is understated, yet increases the tense mood tenfold. Shooting was difficult and done in below freezing conditions, but despite the discomfort the cast and crew produced a truly terrifying film that will stand the test of time. THE THING is surely one of Carpenter's definitive films and a true horror classic.

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Amber b.
Fort Madison, IA
595 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 3
This is a great movie! I love John Carpenter and Kurt Russell. Very good acting in all. The story is awesome! A alien creature gets loose in an isolated Arctic area! Plus it can change forms, so you don't know who's an alien or not. Bloody and gorey, but not too much, just the right amount.
Shelby B.
Davenport, IA
101 reviews
This was not a good movie at all. In fact, it was a definite waste of money. It had no plot, and what little action it did have, it was understated by bad graphics and gimmicky music. I would not recommend.
Crystal Y.
521 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
Love a good sci-fi movie and this one is great! One part was so intense, when they're checking everyone's blood! Had me on the edge to see what happened next.
Ian C.
Arcade, NY
32 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 1
A good solid scary movie not to scary not to boring and a good amount of gore without going to far... A good job at a remake
Bloomington, IL
120 reviews
A must have for any true horror movie collector. John Carpenter is brilliant and this is a pretty good remake!
Patti L.
219 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 3
This is a great scary movie that is a must watch if you love a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat
Tamara H.
Redding, CA
125 reviews
Great movie a little scary. But just enough to hold your other half...... will watch again
Krista H.
47 reviews
This is a perfect scary movie to watch when there is snow on the ground. We love it!
Tiffany S.
Adel, GA
38 reviews
I love a good scary movie so this is right up my alley. Definitely a must see.
shelley f.
88 reviews
One of my favorite movies of all time! John carpenter takes you on a thrilling horror scifi adventure which leaves you second guessing everything through the whole movie. The prequel is also fantastic and watching the two back to back is a great experience
Melissa A.
310 reviews
I actually don't think I've ever seen this. What is it about, or why should I watch this? I've definitely heard about this movie.
Nina G.
360 reviews
Pop Culture Expert Level 2
I've never seen it but I think I seen a book. Is this based off a book or comic?
Jess D.
Roseville , CA
74 reviews
This movie just came up with some of my friends. I've never seen it. Is it good a or b rate 80's film
okara s.
Tamarac, FL
23 reviews
This is a good product because o bought it for someone and they loved it so you should buy it ??
Melissa K.
176 reviews
What is this about? I've never ever heard of it.

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