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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

The creature effects were done primarily with cable-operated animatronic robots on the director's insistence, since it would improve the performances of the cast if they saw what they had to react to. Computer-generated images were used to add elements to the animatronics (such as tentacles), or in some cases, to replace the entire animatronic if it didn't behave convincingly. See more »

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The ukulele played in the dance scene is a Fender. This model of ukulele was introduced in the 2000s, so it was not available in 1982. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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The Thing (End Credits)
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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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