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The Thing (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)


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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

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It's not human. Yet. 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  »

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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,493,665, 16 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,928,670, 17 November 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the helicopter arrives, one of the greeters says, "Welcome to Thule." Akin to the Antarctic base's namesake and pronounced correctly as mono-syllabic, Thule is an island in the Arctic Ocean. When the Space: 1999 television series episode "Death's Other Dominion" aired on 2 October 1975, the planet Ultima Thule, Thule was mispronounced in a once common error phonetically as two syllables. See more »


At the end of the movie when the helicopter lands it has a door on the passenger side. When it takes off with Lars on board the door has vanished. See more »


[first lines]
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There are a few short scenes during the first part of the end credits, which tie the ending of this film to the beginning of the 1982 film. See more »


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Who Can It Be Now
Written and Performed by Colin Hay
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now it is time for the Thing part two........
9 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

and make this a perfect trilogy, let it pick up from where the 1982 film ended. I have wanted to see a part two for the longest time. But John Carpenter has to do it. And it has to be just as awesome as this movie is.

I have read a lot of the comments about this movie and I know that it did not do as well at the box office as it could have. There are a lot of things that it seems the other reviewers are not pleased with. I for one am pleased with this film. The film makers went to such pain staking details so that the lovers of the original film would be happy with the outcome. I know I am. I also know that I think that this is better than most of the stuff that Hollywood has been remaking over the past few years. I personally hate remakes and John Capenters The Thing is about the only one that I have really liked. This move is not a remake and that made me happy. Yes I think that some things are better left the way they were made the first time.

For example, I would hate to see a remake of Casablanca, The Searchers, Gone With the Wind, or African Queen. And I know that people have the choice to watch what ever they want. So personally I will watch the originals over remakes almost any day of the week. But here I think that film makers went above and beyond to make a really good movie.

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