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The Thing (I) (2011)

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At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.


(as Matthijs van Heijningen)


, (short story "Who Goes There?")
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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 garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In a place where there is nothing, they found something. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 October 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Thing: The Beginning  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,493,665 (USA) (14 October 2011)


$16,907,450 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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When we first meet Kate Lloyd she is studying a thawing cave bear (ursus spelaeus). See more »


Near the end of the movie, we see Kate climb into the second snowmobile. The other one has been burned, and obviously cannot move. So, where did it go? Why didn't MacReady, Norris, and Palmer find it when they went looking for the spaceship? See more »


[first lines]
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A Remake Disguised in Prequel but Without the Tension of John Carpenter's Masterpiece
9 July 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1982, the Norwegian Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) invites the paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to join his team in his research in the Artic. On the arrival, she learns that they have discovered a spacecraft deep below in the ice. They find a frozen alien life form nearby and they bring to their facility for research. Out of the blue, the alien revives and attack the scientists, contaminating them and assuming the shape of his victim. Kate finds means to identify the creature, but maybe it is too late to save the team members.

In 1982, the master John Carpenter remade the 1951 "The Thing from Another World" ans his movie has become a masterpiece. The story of a shape-shifting alien that can assume any human form is tense, supported by a claustrophobic and depressing scenario, paranoid characters with Kurt Russell in the top of his successful career, haunting music score by Ennio Morricone and John Carpenter's top-notch direction.

This remake disguised in prequel is not totally bad, but follows the format of the present Hollywood movies, supported by special effects but without the atmosphere and the psychological horror of the 1982 movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Enigma do Outro Mundo" ("The Enigma of Another World")

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