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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 »
Genre:
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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Awards:
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Timeless Look in Paranoia, a Horror Classic See more (868 total) »

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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Language:
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film took three months to shoot on six sound stages in Los Angeles, with the final shooting taking place in northern British Columbia.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When MacReady visits Fuchs in his room, and Fuchs mentions preparing their own food, et cetera, there is a beaker of dark brown liquid on his desk. When the lamp flickers we get a close-up of the beaker and it now contains clear liquid.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Blair:[throwing a fit in the radio room] You guys think I'M crazy! Well, that's fine! Most of ya don't know what's goin' on around here, but I'm damn well sure SOME of you do!
MacReady:Christ!
Childs:He got most of the chopper and the tractor, and he's killed the rest of the dogs.
MacReady:[as Garry advances with his gun] Garry, wait a minute, wait a minute. Now, Childs, go around to the map room door. Talk to him.
Childs:Yeah.
[Childs exits]
MacReady:Norris, get a table from the lab.
Dr. Blair:[still smashing up the radio room with an axe while yelling] D'ya think that thing wanted to be an animal? No dogs make it a thousand miles through the cold! No, you don't understand! That thing wanted to be US! If a cell gets out, it could imitate everything on the FACE OF THE EARTH! AAAAND NOTHING can stop it!
Childs:[appearing in the map room doorway] Okay, Blair. Come on, man, you don't wanna hurt anybody.
[Blair whips a pistol out and shoots at Childs but misses]
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Wraith (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
ONE CHAIN DON'T MAKE NO PRISONSee more »

FAQ

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297 out of 350 people found the following review useful.
A Timeless Look in Paranoia, a Horror Classic, 5 August 2002
Author: ChadKuhns from United States

Just to put things in perspective for you before I get into my thoughts on this film, I am only 20 years old and have grown up in the era of CGI, blue screen effects...and this movie was made around the same time i was born.

With that said, WOW, I only recently saw John Carpenter's version of 'The Thing', and what a masterpiece it truly is. I have long since been a fan of John Carpenter, in particular his works from the late 70's and 80's. In 'The Thing' John Carpenter has truly crafted a paranoia inducing, perhaps gut wrenching classic.

The movie is an update of the classic 'The Thing From Outer Space', but only like it's predecessor, this film is in full color, and the characters of this film have much more to worry about than an alien veggie

The film centers around a group of Arctic Researchers you encounter an alien lifeform capable of taking the form of anything it comes into contact with, and out of for that matter. Kurt Russell stars as R.J. MacReady, an alcoholic Vietnam Vet, thrust into the role of leader of a group of relatively cold and callous men all of whom are readily plunging into manic paranoia and somewhat madness once they realize that they are up against a creature that can take any form, be any one of them.

John Carpenter, more than in any other of his films, manages to create a truly believable and incredible atmosphere. When watching this film you truly get the sense of the dark,sinister, desolate surroundings, you feel and realize that these characters have no where to go...never for one second do you not believe they are stuck on a polar ice cap. Also, this film has perhaps one of the greatest endings to any film of it's genre, or any genre for that matter. I'm not going to give it away here, but to say that it will leave you wondering would be an understatement.

Kurt Russell is superb as MacReady....truly conveying the emotions of a man thrust into a situation of unimaginable horror, forced to lead a group of men who cannot trust that the man next to them is not the creature that has driven them to the brink of paranoia and emotional meltdown.

I don't care if this movie is 20 years old by now, the special effects in this movie are gut wrenching, mind blowing, and absolutely awesome. They blow away any CGI pixel based crap out there today. The 'Thing' itself is a truly horrifying and disturbing creation...unlike any alien you have ever seen in a movie before. Those who have a low tolerance for gore and blood had best prepare themselves for watching this movie.

This movie does what any good horror/sci fi movie should do, it really thrusts you into it's character's world. It leaves you wondering, what would you do, who could you trust if anyone you knew could be the creature waiting to feed on you, and take you over as well. The images, and ideals of this movie stayed with me long after i first saw it, and today as i write this review send a chill up my spine.

It is a true shame this movie is only now getting the proper recognition it deserves. A box office flop when released, now more then ever when movies are paper thin with plot, and one dimensional in effects, this film can be appreciated as a true masterpiece of sci/fi and horror.

If possible, get the Collector's Edition DVD, and enjoy it in anamorphic widescreen..the way it is truly meant to be seen. Marvel at the incredible scenery, the taught direction, the excellent atmosphere, the sweat inducing, gag reflex activating, and everything else that makes this movie great.

Watch it with the lights out, with a group of close friends...maybe even with a dog around...if you don't what i'm talking about...you will afterwards.

Don't let a classic pass you bye

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