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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.

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Storyline

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

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It's not human. Yet. See more »


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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

When Carter and Jameson return to the camp, they stumble past a funny signpost full of city names and their distances. One of the cities that can be clearly read is Amsterdam, which is where director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is from. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning when flying to the Antarctic base, Dr. Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is shown flying in a helicopter without hearing protection or headphones (one of the characters motions her to put them on so they can converse). Flying in a cargo helicopter is painfully loud (120db or higher) and there is no way that anybody could fly in one for hours without protecting their hearing. In fact, it's mandatory on the majority of flights See more »

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[first lines]
Peder: [In Norwegian] 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 »

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Featured in The Blockbuster Buster: The Thing (2011) (2015) See more »

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Who Can It Be Now
Written and Performed by Colin Hay
Courtesy of Lazy Eye Records America
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User Reviews

 
Perfect companion piece to the original!
2 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is awesome...it brings back good old fashioned horror and suspense.John Carpenter should be proud.Director,Henninggen pays homage to Carpenter without replicating the original films essence but bringing something new yet familiar. The performances are strong and Winstead solidifies her legendary status in fan boy and geek worlds by continually picking projects that showcase her talent while not compromising her integrity.Edgerton has been on a streak with another fantastic performance.Beltrami's score is nostalgic while refreshing.This film is a perfect companion piece to Carpenter's film.Solid filmmaking!


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