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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 »
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:
Today it's still one of the best horror films See more (862 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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The tentacles that Clark sees in the dog cage are whips being maneuvered by Rob Bottin.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:
Garry:I don't know about Copper... but I give you my word I did not go near that blood!
[Garry lowers his gun and places it on a crate]
Garry:But I guess you'd all feel a little easier if somebody else was in charge. Norris, I can't see somebody objecting to you.
Vance Norris:[after a pause; nervous tone] I'm sorry fellas, but I-I-I'm not up to it.
Childs:[goes for the gun] I'll take it.
Clark:[pulls out his knife] Like hell you will!
MacReady:[takes the gun] It should be somebody a little more even-tempered, Childs.
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Soundtrack:
ONE CHAIN DON'T MAKE NO PRISONSee more »

FAQ

When were Norris and Palmer assimilated?
Why did the other men extinguish the flames so quickly after Childs had torched the thing, in the scene when it first reveals itself in the dog-kennel?
Will there be a sequel?
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154 out of 172 people found the following review useful.
Today it's still one of the best horror films, 11 July 2005
Author: Stibbert from Norway

Antarctica, winter 1982. The team on an American research base get surprised by a couple of mad Norwegians who is chasing a dog with a helicopter, trying to kill it. All the Norwegians are killed and the Americans are left with nothing, but a dog, a couple of bodies and questions. That's the beginning of the greatest horror/thriller film I've ever seen.

From the very beginning all to the end you feel the tense, paranoid mood. Helpless and alone out in no-mans land. Ennio Morricone was nominated for a Razzie Award for his score. Why I don't know 'cause as far as I can see his score is simple, creepy and very good. It really gets you in the right mood.

The acting is great! The best performance is probably given by the dog who's just amazing. As for Russell and the others on two legs I can say nothing less.

You may think 1982 and special effects are not the most impressive? Well, think again! You haven't seen it all until you've seen this. Bodyparts falling off and creatures changing forms... Rob Bottin has done a great job witch today stands as a milestone is special effects makeup.

The movie didn't get a big response when it first hit the big screen due to other alien films at the time and so it's not very well known. In fact you can almost consider it an unknown movie. Nobody I've asked have heard of it. However the movie has managed to survive for over twenty years as a cult film on video and DVD. Twenty years is a long time and except for the haircut the movie is still pretty much up to date. This movie is to be considered a classic.

The movie is without doubt one of my, if not my favorite. I've seen it several times, but it's just as good as the first time I saw it. As a Norwegian the only thing I don't like about this movie is that MacReady keeps calling the Norwegians swedes!

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