After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate.Written by
The song Nauls listens to is "Superstitious" by Stevie Wonder, foreshadowing the events to come in the film. See more »
During the blood test scene (before the Palmer reveal), even though there are other chairs available, Childs, Garry, and Palmer are tied up next to each other on the couch. Since the intent was to reveal the Thing without risking anyone uninfected, this move placed at least two of the men at undue risk as being so close to a revealed Thing could have resulted in their immediate infection. See more »
Not many films these days have a great story which makes the film.
This does. It doesn't rely on hot women wearing next to nothing or amazing special effects, just a great story and great directing.
It keep you guessing all of the way through as to who is the Thing.
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