Paleontologist Kate Lloyd is invited by Dr. Sandor Halvorson to join his team who have found something extraordinary. Deep below the Arctic ice, they have found an alien spacecraft that has been there for perhaps 100,000 years. Not far from where the craft landed, they find the remains of the occupant. It's cut out of the ice and taken back to their camp but as the ice melts, the creature reanimates and not only begins to attack them but manages to infect them, with team members devolving into the alien creature. Written by
In order to not try to compete with Kurt Russell's portrayal of the 1982 film's protagonist, R.J. MacReady, the character of Kate Lloyd was designed to have traits in common with the character Ellen Ripley from the Alien (1979) film series. See more »
Jameson's skiing cap changes position on his head in many shots. Most noticeably when he enters the room where the thing is initially kept. See more »
Okay, I've got another one. A good one. A man and woman are making love one night when their young boy walks in.
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The Universal logo of the 1990s is used instead of the current (2011) logo. See more »
Whoever made this movie didn't understand what was great about John Carpenter's 1982 version. The Thing was terrifying because there was TENSION. There is no tension in this "prequel." The creature does not attempt to "hide inside an imitation," it tries to kill everyone in it's proximity without ever being threatened or exposed. This movie contradicts or screws up everything we knew of this timeframe (what took place at the Norwegian camp) from the original movie. Yes, some bodies and objects end up in the same place we saw them in 1982, but other MAJOR events are completely altered. There is nothing worse than making a movie under the title or license of an established classic, and butchering it into a paint by number of Hollywood clichés.
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