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The Thing (1982)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  25 June 1982 (USA)
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Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Blair (as A. Wilford Brimley)
Charles Hallahan ...
Windows (as Thomas Waites)
Norwegian Passenger with Rifle (as Larry Franco)
Nate Irwin ...


An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog explodes, eventually leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realizes that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don't know who may already have been taken over. Written by Goth <>

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The ultimate in alien terror. See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

25 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's The Thing  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,107,897 (USA) (2 July 1982)


$13,782,838 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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(at around 29 mins) The tentacles that Clark sees in the dog cage are whips being maneuvered by Rob Bottin. See more »


(at around 21 mins) Copper and MacReady find several empty cans labeled "karosin" outside the Norwegian camp. The Norwegian word for kerosene is actually "parafin". See more »


Garry: The generator's gone.
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Garry: It's "gone", MacReady.
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I worship this film. 10/10
20 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Carpenter's The Thing is hands down the best horror film ever made. Not only that, but it is also on of my personal favorite films of all time. What makes the movie so great? It's hard to put my finger on it. Everything just seems to work in The Thing, it's one of the rare occasions where everything just seems to fall in place. The film is even superior to Alien in creating a type of moody atmospheric hell. The fact that it's not only about the gore (which is wonderful btw), but it is able to create a paranoia that is unmatched in films. A truly wonderful film that is worshiped by all horror buffs, and anyone who has good taste in films.

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