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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.


Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (as Matthijs van Heijningen)


Eric Heisserer, John W. Campbell Jr. (short story "Who Goes There?")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Kate Lloyd
Joel Edgerton ... Carter
Ulrich Thomsen ... Dr. Sander Halvorson
Eric Christian Olsen ... Adam Finch
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Jameson
Paul Braunstein ... Griggs
Trond Espen Seim ... Edvard Wolner
Kim Bubbs ... Juliette
Jørgen Langhelle ... Lars
Jan Gunnar Røise Jan Gunnar Røise ... Olav
Stig Henrik Hoff ... Peder
Kristofer Hivju ... Jonas
Jo Adrian Haavind ... Henrik
Carsten Bjørnlund ... Karl
Jonathan Walker ... Colin (as Jonathan Lloyd Walker)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's not human. Yet. See more »


Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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USA | Canada


English | Norwegian | Danish

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thing: The Beginning See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The helicopter featured in the final scene (intercut with closing credits) is a Bell 206 Jet Ranger. See more »


It would be considerably more efficient for The Thing if it were to immediately attack anyone it was alone with instead of going through an elaborate revealing process. See more »


[first lines]
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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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 »


Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: La Cosa (2012) See more »


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Written and Performed by Joe Tex
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Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
20 October 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Monster movie in which an alien menaces an isolated scientific community . The producers convinced Universal Studios to allow them to create a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing instead of a remake, as they felt Carpenter's film was already perfect . Directed by Dutch Matthijs van Heijningen in his first film , the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead). However, the prequel still has the title of the original film, because they couldn't think of a subtitle that sounded good . It is set in Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists . It deals with a lonely group of scientists (Ulrich Thomsen as Dr. Sander Halvorson , Eric Christian Olsen as Adam Finch , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Derek Jameson) who take on the most dangerous creature of universe. The shape-shifting creature , accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing , paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead and in order to not try to compete with Kurt Russell's portrayal of the 1982 film's protagonist, R.J. MacReady, the character of Kate Lloyd was designed to have traits in common with the character Ellen Ripley from the Alien film series) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime and she is studying a thawing cave bear (Ursus Spelaeus). Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

Acceptable and estimable action/thriller professionally directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. who provides a punchy suspenseful Sci-Fi . However , the filmmaker copies several scenes from Carpenter movie , in fact an enormous amount of screen shots from the first movie were kept on the set while filming at all times, in order to ensure that the Norwegian station would be rebuilt to the smallest details. The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter's classic 1982 film of the same name that is one of the great Sci-Fi classics . The gradual built-up suspense is quite superb as when the monster is shown largely to create a real menace , though some moments looks and feels just like a remake of ¨Alien¨. This exciting film packs chills , thrills , guessing , paranoia , absence of all characterization , spectacular FX , including a loathing chest-burning scene . It takes a liberal stand in exposing the tension of men when confronted with an alien . Based on the short story titled "Who Goes There?" by John Campbell Jr , published in 1938 , the screen-writer Eric Heisserer rejects out the hand the idea that the alien might be worth attempting to understand or communicate with research team . Thrilling and intriguing musical score by Marco Beltrani . Colorful and appropriate cinematography by Michael Abramowicz . ¨The thing¨ produced Marc Abraham J. Miles Dale , David Foster , Eric Newman and Lawrence Turman emerges as distinctly Sci-Fi/terror movie and one might be recommending for its FX , masterfully made by Tom Woodruff Jr and Alec Gillis for creature effects and special makeup . 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.

The earlier first version results to be ¨The Thing from another world¨ by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks with Kenneth Tobey , Margaret Sheridan and James Arness as the monster ; it holds a subtle but efficient intrigue . The best version by John Carpenter was starred by Kurt Russell and an all-star-secondary cast as Wilford Brimley , T.K. Carter , David Clennon , Keith David , Richard Dysart , Charles Hallahan , Peter Maloney , Richard Masur and Donald Moffat . The modern version is this ¨The Thing (2011)¨ by Mattijs Heijmingen resulting to be inferior to previous but still being acceptable .

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