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The Thing from Another World (1951)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 July 1951 (Brazil)
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

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(screenplay), (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by)
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Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols ...
Lt. Ken 'Mac' MacPherson
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Storyline

Scientists at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out! Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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No One In This World Can Match The Menace Of "The Thing" (1957 re-release) See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Howard Hawks' Production The Thing from Another World  »

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| (re-issue) | (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Close-ups of "The Thing" were removed. It was felt that the make-up could not hold up to close scrutiny. However, the lack of close-ups gave the creature a more mysterious quality. See more »

Goofs

The first close view of the creature behind the door of the greenhouse is exiting and powerful, with wood chips flying everywhere when he takes a swing at the cast. But when viewed in slow motion it's obvious that his hand comes nowhere near the door and an explosive charge is used to blow out the wood towards the camera. Similarly when he draws his trapped hand back inside, chips blow outward and not inward as they would naturally. See more »

Quotes

Hendry: And don't tell me I'm right.
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Crazy Credits

George Fenneman, who has a speaking part in the film, is not credited or mentioned on this web page. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Get Out of This Mood
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
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There is something more chilling than the North Pole here.
20 April 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"The Thing" without a doubt is one of the finest science fiction films ever made. A group of scientists and air force officers at an Arctic station discover something in the ice and that something sees them as dinner. The battle goes on in the claustrophobic station in a scenario that without a doubt was the model for the original "Aliens". The cast is a very fine ensemble and the direction is crisp and on the edge. Conversations overlap and at times runs simultaneously but the direction is so good that you miss nothing. Best of all is that this is one of those films where what you don't see is what scares you. There is no splatter or graphic detail but tantalizing hints that lets your mind conjure up your worst nightmare. A great one for a dark and stormy night.


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