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Director:
Writers:
Bill Lancaster (screenplay)
John W. Campbell Jr. (story)
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Release Date:
25 June 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
What you fear most... is among you. See more »
Plot:
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
Bill Lancaster (screenplay)

John W. Campbell Jr. (story)

Produced by
Stuart Cohen .... co-producer
David Foster .... producer
Larry J. Franco .... associate producer (as Larry Franco)
Wilbur Stark .... executive producer
Lawrence Turman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Todd C. Ramsay  (as Todd Ramsay)
 
Casting by
Anita Dann 
 
Production Design by
John J. Lloyd  (as John L. Lloyd)
 
Art Direction by
Henry Larrecq 
 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer  (as John Dwyer)
 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Rob Bottin .... special makeup effects creator and designer
Dale Brady .... crew: special makeup effects unit (as Dale R. Brady)
Rob Burman .... crew: special makeup effects unit
David Robert Cellitti .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Don Chandler .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Ken Chase .... makeup artist (as Kenneth Chase)
Robert Cole .... crew: special makeup effects unit (as Bob M. Cole)
Jan Cook .... crew: special makeup effects unit
James Cummins .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Richard Davison .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Ken Diaz .... special makeup effects coordinator
Gunnar Ferdinandsen .... special technician: special makeup effects unit (as Gunnar Ferdinansen)
Frank Foster .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Danny Gill .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Archie L. Gillet .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Tim Gillet .... crew: special makeup effects unit
John Goodwin .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Erik Jensen .... line producer: special makeup effects unit
James Kagel .... crew: special makeup effects unit (as Jim Kagel)
Jeff Kennemore .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Phyllis Newman .... makeup artist: Stewart, British Columbia
Derek O'Reilly .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Art Pimentel .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Margaret Prentice .... special technician: special makeup effects unit (as Margaret Beserra)
Vincent Prentice .... crew: special makeup effects unit
William Snyder .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Michiko Tagawa .... crew: special makeup effects unit
Josephine Turner .... special wigs: special makeup effects unit
Brian Wade .... crew: special makeup effects unit (as Brian G. Wade)
Vivienne Walker .... special wigs: special makeup effects unit
Willie Whitten .... crew: special makeup effects unit (as Willy Whitten)
Robert E. Worthington .... crew: special makeup effects unit (as Bob E. Worthington)
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Stan Winston .... additional makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... production manager
Fitch Cady .... unit production manager: Stewart, British Columbia
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey Chernov .... second assistant director
Larry J. Franco .... first assistant director (as Larry Franco)
Bruce Humphrey .... dga trainee
Michael E. Steele .... second assistant director: Stewart, British Columbia (as Michael Steele)
 
Art Department
Jim Callan .... painter (as James Callan)
Michael R. Gannon .... assistant property master
Richard A. Gonzales .... swing gang
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator: special makeup effects unit
Gary Meyer .... production illustrator: special makeup effects unit
Graeme Murray .... set decorator: Stewart, British Columbia
Bob Nohles .... propmaker foreman
Frank Parker .... property master: Stewart, British Columbia
Michael G. Ploog .... production illustrator: special makeup effects unit (as Michael Ploog)
Joseph R. Savko .... swing gang
Barton M. Susman .... leadman (as Bart Susman)
Milton Wilson .... swing gang
John Zemansky .... property master
Henry Alvarez .... sculptor (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... foley supervisor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom man (as Joe Brennan)
Thomas Causey .... production sound
Jack Gosden .... loop dialogue editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound effects editor
Duane Hensel .... sound effects assistant
David Katz .... sound recordist
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recordist
Ernesto Mas .... assistant sound editor
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin C. Mouat .... supervising sound editor
John Post .... sound effects assistant
Kendrick Sweet .... sound editor (as Kendrick P. Sweet)
Bill Varney .... sound re-recordist
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special effects
Hal Bigger .... special effects foreman
Michael Clifford .... special effects: Stewart, British Columbia (as Michael A. Clifford)
David P. Kelsey .... mechanical animation coordinator: special makeup effects unit (as Dave Kelsey)
William Lee .... special effects assistant (as William D. Lee)
Hans Metz .... special effects assistant
Lee Routly .... special effects: Stewart, British Columbia (as Leroy Routly)
John K. Stirber .... special effects assistant (as John Stirber)
Andrew Miller .... special effects (uncredited)
Andrew Miller .... special mechanical effects (uncredited)
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Gary Zink .... welder (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... crew: animation effects sequence (as James Aupperle)
James Belohovek .... crew: animation effects sequence
Randall William Cook .... dimensional animation effects creator: animation effects sequence
Ernest D. Farino .... crew: animation effects sequence
James Hagedorn .... opticals: main title sequence, RGB Optical
Katherine Kean .... animator: main title sequence, VCE
Peter Kuran .... visual effects designer: main title sequence, VCE
George Lockwood .... opticals: main title sequence, RGB Optical
Carl Surges .... crew: animation effects sequence
Bill Taylor .... matte photography
Keith Tucker .... animator: main title sequence, VCE
Susan Turner .... miniature supervisor: main title sequence, VCE (as Susan K. Turner)
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Henry Schoessler .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Kent Hays .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Eric Mansker .... stunts
Denver Mattson .... stunts
Clint Rowe .... stunts
Ken Strain .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (as Rock Walker)
Dick Warlock .... stunt coordinator
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David R. Anderson .... gaffer: Stewart, British Columbia (as Dave Anderson)
Jon Antunovich .... lamp operator
Cyrus Block .... camera operator: Stewart, British Columbia
Dillard Brinson .... key grip: Stewart, British Columbia (as John [Dillard] Brinson)
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant cameraman (as Clyde Bryan)
David Geddes .... second assistant cameraman: Stewart, British Columbia
Dave Gordon .... dolly grip: Stewart, British Columbia
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... stills: Stewart, British Columbia
László Horváth .... best boy grip
James L. Hurford .... best boy grip: Stewart, British Columbia
Ray Kinzer .... grip
Kris Krosskove .... dolly grip
Terry Marshall .... lamp operator (as Terry Marshall Jr.)
Thomas Marshall .... gaffer (as Tom Marshall)
Charles E. Nippell .... electric best boy
Michael Orefice .... lamp operator: Stewart, British Columbia
Paul Prince .... first assistant cameraman: Stewart, British Columbia (as Paul R. Prince)
Douglas Pruss .... second assistant cameraman: Stewart, British Columbia
Barrett J. Reid .... generator operator: Stewart, British Columbia
Raymond Stella .... camera operator
Steve Tate .... second assistant cameraman
Mark Walthour .... gaffer
Len Wolfe .... electric best boy: Stewart, British Columbia
Ronald Woodward .... key grip (as Ronald T. Woodward)
Frank Detone Jr. .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Douglas Olivares .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ronald I. Caplan .... costume supervisor
Trish Keating .... costume supervisor: Stewart, British Columbia
Gilbert Loe .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kimberly Ray .... assistant film editor (as Kim Ray)
Jan Wesley .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Craig Harris .... synthesizer sound
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor (as Clif Kohlweck)
John Carpenter .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dan Anglin .... transportation captain
Bob Cornell .... transportation captain
George Lawson .... driver: special makeup effects unit
Alois Stranan .... transportation captain: Stewart, British Columbia
 
Other crew
Candy Artmont .... script supervisor (as Candy Marcellino)
Yervant Babasin .... craft service: special makeup effects unit
Ellen Benjamin .... assistant: John Carpenter
Debbie Collier .... production secretary: special makeup effects unit
James T. Colovin .... assistant trainer (as James Colovin)
Rocky Corsini .... craft service
Rocky Corsini .... craft service: special makeup effects unit
Shelby Hetherington .... cook: Stewart, British Columbia
Spencer Hyde .... craft service: Stewart, British Columbia
Nate Irwin .... helicopter pilot: Stewart, British Columbia
Karen Kalton .... production secretary: Stewart, British Columbia
Susan King .... assistant auditor: Stewart, British Columbia
Robert Knoechel .... auditor: Stewart, British Columbia
Ron Macinnes .... production assistant: special makeup effects unit (as Ron MacInnes)
Karen Miller .... production accountant: special makeup effects unit
Maynard M. Miller .... technical advisor: Juneau (as Dr. Maynard M. Miller)
Robin Mounsey .... technical advisor: Stewart, British Columbia
Lawrence Perry .... helicopter pilot: Stewart, British Columbia
Clint Rowe .... owner: Norwegian dog (as Clint E. Rowe)
Clint Rowe .... trainer: Norwegian dog (as Clint E. Rowe)
Peter J. Silbermann .... publicity coordinator (as Peter Silbermann)
Ken Strain .... helicopter pilot: Stewart, British Columbia
Tana Tocher .... cook: Stewart, British Columbia
Linda Von .... assistant: Stuart Cohen
Robert Weatherwax .... animal trainer (as Bob Weatherwax)
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor: Stewart, British Columbia
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Raymond Stella .... body double for hypodermics (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Stan Winston .... special thanks: special makeup effects unit
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's The Thing" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
109 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD release) | Brazil:14 | Chile:14 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1999) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1989) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1982) | France:-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) (2010) | Hong Kong:III | Hong Kong:IIB (2013) | Iceland:16 | India:(Banned) (original rating) | India:A (re-rating) | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:11 (blu-ray) | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (blu-ray) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (certificate #26699) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (1984-2009)
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Trivia:
The Thing (1982) came out in the early days of home video with stereo sound. It also came during the time videophiles began to learn how to decode the matrixed surround track encoded on Dolby Stereo films by use of a left minus right decoder with delay applied. The Thing was one of the main films that were recommended to test out the setups due to the aggressively directional surround stereo mix, especially in the opening helicopter chase. The Thing was among the first movies to advertise that it had a "matrixed surround track" on its packaging for the stereo soundtrack versions.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: On a pull-in through a door to the dog sitting under a table (just before it gets up) the shadow of the camera/cameraman can be seen moving on the wall/door frame.See more »
Quotes:
Windows:You guys gonna listen to Garry? You gonna let him give the orders? I mean, he could BE one of those THINGS!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Apollo 18 (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
SUPERSTITIONSee more »

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308 out of 350 people found the following review useful.
Good things come to those who wait, 27 May 2000
Author: Lars Christensen (c@cool.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark

* * * * ½ (4½ out of 5)

The Thing

Directed by: John Carpenter, 1982

Looking back on John Carpenter's The Thing – today a highly treasured cult favourite – one has to wonder why it was dismissed by both the audience and critics when it first came out in 1982.

Steven Spielberg's extra terrestrial adventure about a sweet alien that phoned home (that stole the hearts of both children and adults world wide) had opened just two weeks before and was on its historic box office rampage. Bad scheduling may have had a greater impact than anything else on the fate of Carpenter's first big studio effort for Universal Pictures. Nobody was prepared – moreover wanted anything so dark, gory and scary as this genuine remake of the famous 1951 original. This was the time of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

It then makes for great movie history trivia, that The Thing has gained such a remarkable afterlife on video, DVD and television. Both financially and critically. Carpenter's version is less a remake of the Howard Hawks' version than a more faithful adaptation of John W. Campbell's short story "Who Goes There?' (on which both were based), and critics today point out how well Carpenter plays his characters against each other. Kurt Russell will never top this one, and he gets a brilliant sparring from the entire cast.

It opens in Antarctica with a sled husky running from a pair of crazed and armed Norwegian men in a helicopter. The scene is long, slow and uneasy. It feels like the Apocalypse. It oozes doomsday.

This scene comprises one of the greatest opening sequences in film history.

Ennio Morricone's moody synth score (heavy on naked thumping bass lines in classic Carpenter style), the windswept massive white of the desolate polar ice and the majestic husky running across the tundra chased by the chopper, compromises a completely mesmerizing piece of scenery.

A satisfying example of a movie that today – 18 years after – looks downright muscular in its simplicity.

The budget was big ($14 mill), yet it allowed Carpenter to visualize his ideas better than ever before. There's a brooding darkness to this film, making the whites and blues of the icy Antarctic claustrophobia seem poetic and almost angelic. Dean Cundey's extraordinary photography created a palpable chill to every shot. The careful preparation (the crew went into a record 11-month pre-production) paid off immensely.

Horror specialist Rob Bottin was handpicked for the many gory and grotesque special effects. Be warned – there's a lot of splatter and gore here. The Thing is actually notorious for its creature morphing scenes. Some find them disgusting, some mere cult.

An argument could be made against The Thing being an Alien rip-off; it has its origins in an old sci-fi story and it creates tension by popping a crowd of people (note: all-male) on an isolated outpost (an Antarctic research facility) terrorized by an alien life form.

Where Carpenter was clearly inspired by Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece, his own alien movie is original and intriguing in its own right. There's a rhythm and an environment that equals Scott's in every way.

The husky was in fact half-wolf and half-dog, and it was noted that it never barked or growled on or off the set (Horror Takes Shape, the making of - DVD version).

Watch in awe at the scene where it walks through the hallway and stares at a human shadow, slightly tilting its head forward in stalking position like a wild wolf. This is a fine piece of animal training, sure, but that's not the point. This is as spooky as anything ever made in a horror movie.

Carpenter had all the right tools here, and he utilized them to perfection, making The Thing his best movie alongside Halloween.

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