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Writers:
Eric Heisserer (written by)
John W. Campbell Jr. (short story "Who Goes There?")
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Release Date:
14 October 2011 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It's not human. Yet. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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4 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.  (as Matthijs van Heijningen)
 
Writing credits
Eric Heisserer (written by)

John W. Campbell Jr. (short story "Who Goes There?")

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... producer
J. Miles Dale .... executive producer
David Foster .... executive producer
Gabrielle Neimand .... executive producer
Eric Newman .... producer
Lawrence Turman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
 
Cinematography by
Michel Abramowicz 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boyle 
Julian Clarke 
 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Angela Demo 
Diane Kerbel 
 
Production Design by
Sean Haworth 
 
Art Direction by
Patrick Banister 
Jeremy Stanbridge 
 
Set Decoration by
Odetta Stoddard 
 
Costume Design by
Luis Sequeira 
 
Makeup Department
Chris Baer .... makeup lab tech
Damon Bishop .... special makeup effects artist
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Justin Ditter .... key hair artist
Paul R.J. Elliot .... key hair stylist
Alec Gillis .... special makeup and creature effects
Iantha Goldberg .... assistant makeup artist
Paul Jones .... special makeup effects: Toronto
A.J. Lee .... special makeup effects artist
Sondra Treilhard .... hair stylist
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special makeup and creature effects
Clint Zoccoli .... sculptor: Amalgamated Dynamics
 
Production Management
Dennis Chapman .... unit production manager
J. Miles Dale .... unit production manager
Ruth Hasty .... post-production supervisor
Claire Welland .... unit production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director (as Jeff Authors)
Penny Charter .... second assistant director
Divya D'Souza .... third assistant director
J. Miles Dale .... second unit director: additional photography
Jonnie Katz .... second assistant director: second unit (as Jonathan Katz)
David McLeod .... first assistant director: second unit (as David MacLeod)
Siluck Saysanasy .... third assistant director
Clay Staub .... second unit director
Karen Young .... third assistant director
Divya D'Souza .... assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Patrick Hagarty .... assistant director (uncredited)
Tracey Poirier .... key second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Bennett .... storyboard artist
William Cheng .... set designer
Robert Consing .... storyboard artist
Brian Cranstone .... on set carpenter
John Dickenson .... concept artist
David G. Fremlin .... set designer
Paul Greenberg .... graphic designer
J. Ryan Halpenny .... assistant art director
Joseph Hiura .... set designer
Michael Huschka .... assistant property master
Benton Jew .... storyboard artist
Marc Kuitenbrouwer .... construction coordinator
Matthew Lammerich .... key scenic artist
Eugenie Lau .... art department apprentice
Yasmyn Lee .... art department coordinator
Yasmyn Lee .... second assistant art director
Erin Leslie .... lead scenic artist
David Vyle Levy .... senior concept artist
Jerad Marantz .... character designer
Rob McCallum .... storyboard artist
John Moran .... graphic designer: reshoots
Adam Mull .... model maker
Ed Natividad .... conceptual designer
Vicki Pui .... storyboard artist
Jordu Schell .... character designer
Damien Segee .... second assistant set decorator
Robert O. Simons .... storyboard artist/illustrator
Aaron Sims .... character designer
Douglas Slater .... set designer
Derek Steenstra .... set dresser daily
Jennifer Wood .... set decoration buyer
 
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
Jesse Dodd .... adr mixer (as Jesse K-D. Dodd)
Glen Gauthier .... sound mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor
Rick Hromadka .... creature vocal sound designer
Doug Johnston .... sound mixer (second unit)
Thomas Jones .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Elliott Koretz .... supervising sound editor & sound design
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Roderick Matte .... sound mixer
Jason McFarling .... second boom
Josephine Nericcio .... assistant sound editor
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Brandon Prodger .... adr mixer
Unsun Song .... re-recording mix technician
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim West .... adr mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark Sheffield .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alexis Appleby .... special effects crew
Warren Appleby .... special effects coordinator
Tim Barraball .... special effects foreman
Michael Broom .... creature designer
Aida Caefer .... creature crew
Graham Chivers .... special effects technician
Peter W. Clarke .... special effects technician (as Peter Clarke)
Brian Clawson .... lab technician
Brian Clawson .... prosthetic technician
Ray Comiso .... special effects technician
Myriam Cournoyer .... special effects technician
Jason Detheridge .... creature effects technician
Aaron Dinsmore .... special effects technician
Ryk Fortuna .... maquette sculptor: ADI
Michael Heintzelman .... graphic layout: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc
Michael Heintzelman .... project office coordinator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc
David Hoehn .... creature effects prosthetics artist: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Michael Innanen .... special effects key: second unit
Paul Jones .... creature effects technician
Mike Kavanagh .... special effects rigging foreman
Gary Kleinsteuber .... pyrotechnician
Steve Koch .... designer/sculptor: Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.
Rocco Larizza .... special effects technician
Drew Longland .... special effects assistant
John MacGillivray .... special effects foreman
Fiona MacPherson .... special effects shop coordinator
Bob Mano .... mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics. Inc
Tim Martin .... special effects makeup
Bill McShane .... special effects technician
Jon K. Miller .... special effects technician
Lon Muckey .... special effects technician
Morgan Muta .... special effects technician
Miyo Nakamura .... sculptor: Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.
Steve Newburn .... special effects technician
Ratna Pappert .... creature suit fabricator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Cameron Patterson .... special effects prop builder
David Reaume .... special effects technician
Mike Rotella .... sculptor: Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.
Sean Sansom .... creature effects technician
Jeff Skochko .... special effects technician
Brodie Spaull .... special effects technician
Matthew Tulk .... special effects technician: second unit
Cristina Waltz .... seaming department: Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.
Garth Winkless .... creature supervisor: Amalgamated Dynamics
David T. Woodruff .... special effects technician
Shane Zander .... creature effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Keith Acheson .... visual effects artist
George Antzoulides .... previs artist: Proof, Inc.
Mathieu Archambault .... digital compositor
Engin Arslan .... lighting artist
Dave Axford .... visual effects
Christopher S. Baird .... pre-visualization editor
Louise Baker .... previs designer: Proof, Inc.
Aaron Barr .... senior texture artist: Image Engine
Lyndon Barrois .... animation supervisor: Image Engine
Jeff Beattie .... visual effects editor
Greg Behrens .... senior visual effects coordinator: Image Engine
Corey Belina .... animator: Image Engine
Amanda Beraldin .... junior shot technical director
Hege Anita Berg .... CG lead: Image Engine
Magda Bernal .... visual effects digital coordinator
Kristy Blackwell .... digital compositor
Francois Bordez .... senior lighter
Mike Borrett .... visual effects production manager: Mr. X Inc.
Kyle Botha .... lighting artist: Image Engine
Robert Bourgeault .... lighting artist: Image Engine
John Bowers .... compositor: With A Twist Studio
Neal Bradshaw .... 3d scan technician: Gentle Giant Studios
Christopher E. Brown .... digital compositor
Mark Burns .... compositing lead: Image Engine
David Burton .... visual effects supervisor: With A Twist Studio
Luke Spence Byrd .... matchmover: Image Engine
Shannon Caldwell .... roto/prep artist
Wilson Cameron .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Zac Campbell .... digital compositor
Steve Casa .... 3d scan technician
Fred Chapman .... rigging supervisor: Image Engine
Chris Chappell .... compositor
Freddy Chavez Olmos .... visual effects compositor
Joseph Cheng Chen .... tracking artist: Mr. X Inc.
Andrea Chlebak .... visual effects colorist
Ovidiu Cinazan .... compositing supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Joseph Civitate .... previs artist
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Rhys Claringbull .... lighting artist: Image Engine
Jacob Clark .... effects technical director: Image Engine
James Cooper .... senior vfx artist
Tom Cowland .... research & development: Image Engine
Yoshi DeHerrera .... 3D scanning technician: Gentle Giant Studios
Gavin Dell .... previs artist: Proof, Inc.
Nigel Denton-Howes .... computer graphics supervisor: image engine
Chris Derochie .... senior animator
Nicolas Deziel .... digital compositor
Natalia Diaz .... roto artist
Jeremy Dineen .... visual effects artist
Ben Dishart .... senior surfacing artist: Image Engine
Stacey Dodge .... vfx assistant coordinator
Jason Dowdeswell .... head of studio: Image Engine
Maxime Ducharme .... senior matchmover
Emily Döhler-Knox .... animator: Image Engine
Shahar Eldar .... previs modeler: Proof, Inc.
Daniel Elophe .... compositor: Image Engine
Edmond Engelbrecht .... lighting artist: Image Engine
Neil Eskuri .... digital effects supervisor: Image Engine
Earl Fast .... animator: Image Engine
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc.
Tim Forbes .... rigger: Image Engine
Mike Ford .... animator: Image Engine
Chad L. Fox .... cg modeler (as Chad Lee Fox)
Evan Fraser .... matchmover: Image Engine
Laura Fremmerlid .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Bradley Gaines .... compositor
Shaun Galinak .... visual effects artist
Steve Garrad .... visual effects executive producer: Image Engine
Francois Gendron .... lighting artist: Image Engine
Jami Gigot .... texture artist: Image Engine
Alec Gillis .... creature effects co-designer and co-creator
Virginie Goulet .... compositor: Image Engine
Erika Gourvitz .... visual effects production assistant
Rich Grande .... compositor: Image Engine
Clifford Otomi Green .... lighting artist
Mikkel Groesland .... animation technical director: Image Engine
Erik Gronfeldt .... texture artist/look dev
Jason Gross .... CG lead: Image Engine
John Haddon .... research & development supervisor: Image Engine
Koji Hamaguchi .... matchmover: Image Engine
Pam Hammarlund .... visual effects producer
Rachel Faith Hanson .... visual effects coordinator
Brian Harder .... modeler: Image Engine
Trey Harrell .... lighting/lookdev lead: Mr. X
Grant Harris .... animator: Image Engine
Oliver Hearsey .... tracking artist: Mr. X Inc.
Jessica Hee .... matchmove artist: Image Engine
Pablo Hernández-Meléndez .... lighting technical director
Martin Hesselink .... visual effects artist
Jeffrey Charles Higgins .... effects technical director: Image Engine
Chris Hogstead .... rigger: Image Engine
Petra Holtorf .... visual effects producer
Greg Howe-Davies .... compositor: Image Engine
Wade Howie .... visual effects artist
Vivien Hulbert .... visual effects coordinator: Image Engine
Ivan Imanishi .... research & development: Image Engine
Henry Jefferson .... compositor: Image Engine
Thomas Roland Johnson .... matte painter
Steve Johnston .... render wrangler: Image Engine
Danny Jones .... roto/paint supervisor
Byung Gun Jung .... senior look dev artist
Ross Kakuschke .... research & development: Image Engine
Henrik Karlsson .... effects technical director
Andrew Kaufman .... research & development: Image Engine
James Kells .... compositor
Bernhard Kimbacher .... lead compositor
Paul King .... on-set matchmover
Paul King .... senior visual effects production coordinator: Image Engine
Jesper Kjölsrud .... visual effects supervisor
Julianna Kolakis .... concept artist
Julianna Kolakis .... texture artist: Image Engine
Alex Lama .... compositor: Image Engine
Derek Lang .... matchmover
Isabelle Langlois .... digital effects producer
Jesus Lavin .... compositor: Image Engine
Kate Lee .... matchmover: Image Engine
Mai-Ling Lee .... digital artist
Winston Lee .... digital compositor
Raymond K.L. Liu .... effects technical director
Alex Llewellyn .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Blaine Lougheed .... visual effects coordinator: B.C. plate unit
Natalie MacDonald .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Jamie Macdougall .... lighting artist: Image Engine
Chris MacLean .... modeler: Mr. X
Alastair Macleod .... shot td: Image Engine
Kevin Mah .... effects technical director: Image Engine
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Gabriel Mandala .... roto/prep artist
Veronica Marino .... compositor: Image Engine
Harrison Marks .... visual effects coordinator
Greg Massie .... effects technical director: Image Engine
Tomoka Matsumura .... modeler: Image Engine
Ken McCuen .... matte painter
Marco Menco .... senior creature modeller: Image Engine
Zuzana Mikus .... production support
Jacob Curtis Miller .... effects technical director: Image Engine
Jackie Mills .... roto lead
Stephen Misek .... rigger: Image Engine
Francisco Moncayo Moreno .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Henrique Moser .... roto/paint artist
Lucio Moser .... research & development: Image Engine
Gayle Munro .... senior visual effects coordinator: Image Engine
Marcell Nagy .... senior lighting technical director: Image Engine
Francesca R. Natale .... conceptual artist
Kelly Noordermeer .... visual effects editor: Mr. X Inc
Espen Nordahl .... lighting technical director
Vincent Papaix .... digital compositor: Mr.X
Jonathan Paquin .... animator: Image Engine
Christian Paradis .... lead lighting/ look development artist
Mitch Paulson .... supervising digital colorist
Matthew Pellar .... visual effects production assistant
Henry Peng .... matchmover: Image Engine
Eric Ponton .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Sebastien Proulx .... digital compositor
Vikas Rajput .... digital artist
Vikas Rajput .... matchmover: Image Engine
Jeff Ranasinghe .... cg lead: Image Engine
Mark Richardson .... lead compositor: Image Engine
Xavier Roig .... CG lead: Image Engine
Angel Gil Ruiz .... matchmover: Image Engine
Paul Saint-Hilaire .... digital compositor: Nuke
Rachel Scafe .... senior visual effects production coordinator: Image Engine
Milan Schere .... conceptual artist: Mr. X Inc.
Matt Schofield .... matte painting supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Hamish Schumacher .... lead compositor: Image Engine
Laetitia Seguin .... visual effects coordinator
Ty Shelton .... creature modeler: Image Engine
Shoichi Shimizu .... rigger: Image Engine
Yuta Shimizu .... lighting artist
Nik Slotiuk .... fx technical director
Andrew Smith .... editorial coordinator
Gavin Soares .... tracker
Bongkee Sohn .... rigger: Image Engine
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Ken Steel .... lead animator: Image Engine
Derek Stevenson .... lead matchmover: Image Engine
James Stewart .... concept designer
Jeremy Stewart .... animator: Image Engine
Paul Venn Stirling .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Frederick George Stuhrberg .... 3D Scanning
Jim Su .... rigging supervisor
Aleksander Szkudlarek .... fx technical director
Ranko Tadic .... previs designer: Proof, Inc.
Andy Tamandl .... senior character animator: Image Engine
Mark Joey Tang .... digital compositor (as Joey Tang)
George Taylor .... compositor: Image Engine
Jon Teer .... previs designer: Proof, Inc.
Rene Toye .... visual effects coordinator
Matthew Trivan .... visual effects artist
Tom Truscott .... compositor: Image Engine
Jerry Tung .... enviornment lighting td
Jon Turburfield .... senior animator: Image Engine
Ryan Valade .... visual effects editor: Image Engine
Alexander Vegh .... previsualization supervisor
Biren Venkatraman .... lighting td
Andres Vergara .... visual effects compositor: Image Engine
Ross Wallis .... lighting technical director
Jessica Wan .... senior bg prep artist
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Kenneth H. Wiatrak .... previs artist: Proof, Inc.
Cameron Widen .... post visualization animator: Image Engine
Kevin J. Williams .... previs artist
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... creature effects co-designer and co-creator
Gavin Wright .... previs designer: Proof, Inc.
Ren-Wei Yang .... research & development: Image Engine
Kelvin Yee .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Matt Yeoman .... digital compositor
Donmill Yip .... modeler
Dong Yon Kang .... matchmover: Image Engine
Chris Zammit .... senior creature texture and look dev artist: Image Engine
Gwen Zhang .... compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Vera Zivny .... visual effects producer: Image Engine
 
Stunts
Marco Bianco .... stunt rigger
Dustin Brooks .... stunts
Chad Camilleri .... stunts (as Chad Camelleri)
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts (as Scott Cook)
Colin Decker .... stunts
Tom Farr .... stunt rigger
Rick Forsayeth .... stunt coordinator
David Harcourt .... key stunt rigger
Blair Johannes .... stunts
Jamie Jones .... stunt coordinator
Jamie Jones .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Liise Keeling .... stunts
John MacDonald .... stunts
Patrick Mark .... stunts
Duncan McLeod .... stunts
Billy Oliver .... stunts (as Bill Oliver)
Rick Scott .... stunt rigger
Alicia Turner .... stunts
Dustin Brooks .... fire stunts (uncredited)
Colin Decker .... fire stunts (uncredited)
Blair Johannes .... stunt double (uncredited)
Liise Keeling .... stunt double: Kate (uncredited)
John MacDonald .... stunt double: Stig Henrik Hoff (uncredited)
Duncan McLeod .... stunt double: Trond Espen Sein (uncredited)
Billy Oliver .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mongo Andrews .... key rigging grip
Kevin Barnes .... electrician: second unit
Dane Bjerno .... aerial camera technician
Hans Bjerno .... aerial director of photography
Sean Bourdeau .... assistant key grip
Rocky Brown .... second unit: electrician
Ciaran Copelin .... first assistant camera
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator: main unit
Gilles Corbeil .... steadicam operator
Jeff Dasilva .... daily second assistant camera
Alex Dawes .... lead set wireman
Byrd Dickens .... best boy electric: second unit
Richard Emerson .... key grip
David Franco .... director of photography: second unit
Jason Hamilton .... electrician
Jim Holmes .... best boy grip: second unit
Mark Hryma .... aerial director of photography
Alan G. Kelly .... camera loader: re-shoots
Marek Krawczyk .... lighting technician
Dino Laurenza .... "a" camera operator: second unit
Richard D. Leko .... daily grip
Tim Lovell .... rigging best boy
Jeremy Lundstrom .... camera loader: second unit
Ari Magder .... second assistant camera
Robert McRae .... gaffer
Joseph Micomonaco .... first assistant camera
Mark Moher .... camera trainee
Sarah Mulholland .... second assistant camera: second unit
Anthony Nocera .... digital video assist operator
Douglas G. Reid .... best boy electric
Ron Renzetti .... second unit: dolly grip
Ronald Schlueter .... video assist: second unit
Julia Seidman .... camera trainee
Paul Thompson .... digital video assist operator
Amanda Wojtaszek .... second assistant a-camera: re-shoots
Ian C. Harris .... daily rigging electric (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Emily Döhler-Knox .... animator
Jonathan J. McCallum .... character rigger
Jeiko Soh .... main title animator
 
Casting Department
Liz Ludwitzke .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Aplin .... costume supervisor
Christina Cattle .... set costume supervisor
Dawn Climie .... costume set supervisor: BC Glacier unit
Jay Du Boisson .... assistant costume designer
Karen Eppstadt .... head costume dyer
Wayne Godfrey .... key costumer: second unit
Karri Hutchinson .... wardrobe assistant
Lindsay Jacobs .... assistant costume designer
Silvana Sacco .... key costume effects artist
Adam Smith .... breakdown/specialized wardrobe technician
Tamiyo Tomihiro .... costume cutter
Carol Wong .... costume buyer
Nancy Da Silva .... costume cutter (uncredited)
Susan Nycz .... assistant costume set supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Max Engoian .... post-production assistant
Patrick Gallagher .... first assistant editor
Jono Griffith .... additional editor
Lara Johnston .... assistant editor
Cam McLauchlin .... assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Alain J. Romi .... assistant editor
Frank J. Urioste .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Marco Beltrami .... conductor
William Boston .... additional orchestrations
Rossano Galante .... orchestrator
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation
Tom Hardisty .... score recordist
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer
John Kurlander .... score mixer
Tyson Lozensky .... assistant score mixer
Tyson Lozensky .... assistant scoring engineer
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Brandon Roberts .... orchestrator
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Buck Sanders .... score produced by
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Jorge Velasco .... scoring pro tools engineer
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor
Jordan Seigel .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Kim Harmer .... transportation coordinator
Dana Howes .... transportation coordinator
Wayne Ireland .... transportation co-captain
Bill Jackson .... transportation co-captain
Joe Norris Jr. .... driver
Regina Petrik .... daily driver
Evan Siegel .... picture vehicle captain
 
Other crew
Gerry Alfonso .... payroll accountant
Chris Atkinson .... mountain safety: BC Unit
David Baker .... Augusta Koala 119 Pilot: BC Unit
John Bardswich .... project manager
Desmond Barnes .... key craft service
Suzie Bruce .... assistant accountant
Jared Burton .... location production assistant
Unjoo Lee Byars .... main title producer
Sam Cieply .... assistant to director
Jane Conway .... animal wrangler
Justin Cossette .... location support
James B. Cox .... assistant: Mr. Foster
D.J. Dodd .... development executive: David Foster Productions
Manija Emran .... typographer
Missy Eustermann .... post-production accountant
Yuri Everson .... puppeteer
Natalie Faldo .... assistant to co-producer: Gabrielle Neimand
Matt Ficner .... puppeteer
David Fulton .... mountain safety: BC Unit
Wendy Gaboury .... key accountant
Ian Gibson .... assistant to J. Miles Dale
Alec Gillis .... puppeteer
Melissa Girotti .... production coordinator: 2nd Unit
Marie-Claude Harnois .... production coordinator
Cam Harrod .... aerial coordinator
Asal Hejazi .... assistant to Co-Producer Gabrielle Neimand
Violetta Hessing .... animal wrangler
Henry Hobson .... end titles designer
Jennifer Hoffmeister .... assistant to Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Richard Hughes .... location manager
Hiroshi 'Kan' Ikeuchi .... puppeteer
R. Emerson John .... script supervisor second unit
John Kaylin .... dubbing producer
Mandy Ketcheson .... asset manager
Marc Lougheed .... production secretary
Kyla McFeat .... second assistant accountant
David McIlroy .... location manager
Alex McNaughton .... assistant location manager
Eleanor Mendes .... assistant production coordinator
Frank Meschkuleit .... puppeteer
Jesse Rose Moore .... assistant to producer: Eric Newman
Robin Mounsey .... location manager
Shamu Naidu .... third assistant accountant
Steve Newburn .... puppeteer
Jennifer Omoth .... first assistant accountant
David Penikas .... puppeteer
Mike Petersen .... puppeteer
Trevor Pickett .... production assistant
John Rakich .... location scout
Gord Robertson .... puppeteer
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor
Dave Sauro .... production assistant (as Davide Sauro)
Lisa Shamata .... unit publicist
Jim Simonelli .... assistant mountain safety: BC Unit
Kevin M. Slee .... assistant to David Foster
Ron Stefaniuk .... puppeteer
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Charles Taylor .... head armorer
Al Vrkljan .... armorer
Greg Whiteside .... electronic video operator
Garth Winkless .... puppeteer
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... puppeteer
Jamie Zakoski .... assistant to producer: Marc Abraham
Frédéric North .... stunt camera helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language
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Trivia:
The song Kate is listening to on her headphones is "Who Can It Be Now?", a song by Australian band Men at Work from their 1981 debut album, "Business as Usual". The lyrics tell of a paranoid man who hears knocking at his house door and wishes to be left in solitude. This foreshadows the paranoia of the scientists later in the film.See more »
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The Thule Air base is not Norwegian. It is located in Greenland and is a U.S. Air Force base. However, it is a fictional base in a fictional movie. Therefore not intended to be the real Norwegian camp in Antarctica.See more »
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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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51 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Okay, here's the thing about 'The Thing'..., 13 December 2011
Author: ben_horror from Ireland

When it was announced that this was going into production, there was a level of confusion/curiosity regarding what exactly it would be: remake/reboot/sequel/prequel? Also, would it utilize prosthetic effects like the 1982 original, or would it go all out CGI splatter? As it turns out, it's a combination of the former and the latter. The new 'The Thing' wants to have its cake and eat it too: you see, technically, it's a prequel but for some reason, the makers have molded it as kind of a remake as well. That's both clever and rather infuriating in equal measures. With regards to the effects, yes, they are CGI for the most part, but they look practical and are done well.

Story-wise, with the exception of some additions, it hits the same beats as John Carpenter's original movie too. An alien vessel is discovered frozen in the Antarctic permafrost by a Norwegian research team. Finding a mysterious life form, they bring it back to their research station. Even though there's no mention of an American in the original, the makers shoehorn one in here, clearly unconvinced that a movie comprised entirely of Europeans would sell. And likewise, it's a female – once again, you get the feeling they're not confident that an all male cast would sell this time round and are taking no chances.

The American, a palaeontologist (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), is drafted into the equation by a member of the research group. Then they set about participating in a scientific study of the alien creature. Only problem is, it returns to life, and being a shape shifter that can replicate any living organism, starts to hide amongst the group, leading to lots of finger pointing, flame throwers, explosions and suspicion fueled arguments. Sounds rather familiar, right?

Whereas the original 1982 movie was all about paranoia and the fear of the unknown - the alien hid among the human hosts, desperate to remain concealed at all costs, only showing itself when it felt its identity was compromised - it's distinctly not the case here. In this movie, the creature revels in revealing itself at every available opportunity. With bells ringing. It screams and shrieks its presence to such an extent that all notions of a story based on the mistrust and doubt of an isolated group of characters goes out the window. What's the point in being a shape shifter if you're going to constantly give the game away? Then there's another aspect that doesn't quite ring true: early on in the movie, the characters witness a violent helicopter crash. The logical thing would be to go out to investigate it and search for survivors… but for some reason, they all choose to ignore it. Additionally, one can't help but wish the makers had called the movie by a different title; after all, if it's meant to be an official prequel to the 'The Thing', why call it the same name?

It's not that it's bad movie; as remakes go, it's really rather good and executed with a lot of style. Sequel-wise, it's up there with Psycho 2. As with the original, we get a scene where there's a 'big test' as Mary Elisabeth attempts to ascertain who's who in the group. In the original, Kurt Russell used blood samples; here, they go for an admittedly clever spin on that scene, while being totally different, adds a new aspect to the creature while also playing as some kind of homage. You might even conclude that since this is a prequel, then you must know the ending, right? After all, we saw how it ended in the opening scenes of the original 1982 movie starring Kurt Russell. Wrong. While they don't violate the events, they take the movie in a whole different direction but still shrewdly stick with the original time- line.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is very good in this. She doesn't strut around with a "Look at me, I'm so gorgeous" expression; in fact she plays the role - sans make up, for the most part – with a level of icy, cool female conviction unseen in a movie about a creature from outer space since a little movie made in 1979 called 'Alien'. It can't be an accident that she reminds the viewer of the Ripley character played by Sigourney Weaver in the same movie and even possess a similarly unconventional beauty. Based on this, it wouldn't be surprising if she ended up replacing Weaver in the inevitable reboot/remake etc. of that franchise.

The John Carpenter original was rightly celebrated for its surreal effects, giving audiences something that was genuinely cutting edge and never seen before at the time. Happily, there is lot of utterly bizarre transformations going on here as well that will make your jaw drop: a guy's face splits open; two men fuse together and in an attempt to outdo the spider-head of the original, we see a monstrous four-legged creation stalking its prey. While everything is 90% CGI, once again it's done in such a way that it almost homages the original. For the most part the effects here look similar to the 1982 movie, except they're done with a sheen that only CG could create.

In conclusion, is it any good? Yes, it is. It's not the disaster some snotty critics would have you believe. While it's not as good as John Carpenter's move (but then, what is?), it still honors the original while effectively and cleverly building the story that lead to the events in that movie. Yes, the aforementioned 'Thing' does shout and scream a bit too much, giving away its presence all too often, but that could easily be interpreted as a legacy of its inexperience with humans. This is a prequel, after all. But don't worry - by the time Kurt Russell and pals come along, it will have learned its lesson.

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