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
John Carpenter was sold on making the film by the blood test scene. He was also adamant to create a monster movie where the creature wasn't obviously played by a man in a suit, something that had bothered him somewhat while watching "Alien (1979)." See more »
(at around 5 mins) The chess game McReady plays vs what appears to be a dedicated chess-playing computer (ie a computer built specifically to play chess, period) is totally bogus. There is no "check" much less checkmate possible in the position we see immediately before McReady is "checkmated" there is no "Rook to Knight 6" with check possible and even that's inaccurate - correct is "Rook to King or Queen) Knight Six" although even using English Notation was dubious - chess programs use Algebraic Notation. See more »
One Chain Don't Make No Prison
Performed by The Four Tops
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Finally getting recognition.
I am ashamed to say it, but I have to admit, the first time I saw this film was only about a year ago. After seeing it, I immediately rushed out and bought the DVD collectors' edition and have watched it many times since.
The film is terrific on many levels. It works as your straight monster or action type film, as a horror/sci-fi and also as a very intriguing look into the human psyche. The incredible sense of paranoia, mistrust and fear, lent not only by Carpenter's direction (which is stunning) but also by the incredible acting of the cast in general. Kurt Russell (obviously) is spectacularly understated in the lead role of MacReady, and, as a direct result he "feels" like a real person, rather than a hollywood "all american hero". The other cast members all carry off their roles with style, and the net result is an intensely believable atmosphere, and a truly fantastic film.
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