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Thing, The (1982) Movie Information

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Thing, The (1982)
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Overall Rank:

156

Avg. Rating:

3.17/4

# of Ratings:

522

Genres:

Horror, Thriller

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

06/25/1982

Director:

John Carpenter

Actors:

Kurt Russell
Wilford Brimley
Keith David
T.K. Carter
Richard A. Dysart
Peter Maloney

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

Scientist at a post in the antarctic are puzzeled by a series of events that don't make much sense. They soon realize that there is a shape shifting alien that is the cause of it all.

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Matthew Brady 01/14/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Scientist at a post in the antarctic are puzzeled by a series of events that don't make much sense. They soon realize that there is a shape shifting alien that is the cause of it all. the make-up and the visual effect's in the movie was gross and creepy.

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MikePA 04/07/2013 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

It's certainly not a bad movie at all, and I understand why people love it. I was never quite a fan of it. I don't find it scary - I find it repetitive and boring.

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Daniel Corleone 03/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

Kurt Russell, as MacReady, is a helicopter pilot who finds out about the creature’s nature. The effects and scary moments were present. Unfortunately, the plot and screenplay was inconsistent. It failed to bring out character development and real source of the things. Score was thrilling and freaky and acting was descent. Conclusion of the film was horrendous and pace was slow. The original still reigns supreme, though the sequel was not as entertaining. The Thing shows how one can act in terms of dire situations and trust in people.

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  Yojimbo
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03/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Thing" by Yojimbo

A scientific research station in the Antarctic is seemingly attacked by researchers from a nearby settlement, but things are not quite as they seem...The Thing is one of the rarest of all breeds. A cinematic remake that is actually BETTER than the original. Easily John Carpenter's finest moment, he cranks up the suspense mercilessly as the small group of characters are cut off from the outside world, using plot elements from both the original The Thing From Another World and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Clearly influenced by Alien, and clearly influencing Aliens, the sense of paranoia is palpable as no-one knows who they can trust, and Carpenter skilfully and subtly misdirects you as to who is infected rather than using the usual clunky and ham fisted red herrings that are the staple o...

Rating of
4/4 

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  gideon43
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05/20/2010 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Now I'm gonna show you what I already know.

Released at cinemas soon after E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing was a pretty serious box office dud, Cinemagoers obviously preferred their aliens warm and cuddly. Critics also savagely rounded on it labelling it repulsive and over gory.
Carving out a niche for itself as the ultimate cult movie, The Thing has now fortunately been reappraised in a number of reviews and its status today, as one of the best Horror/Sci Fi movies ever made is incontestable.
What makes The Thing so good is an almost indescribably choking atmosphere of paranoia and unbearable tension. It also has a superb cast of character actors, truly outlandish make up design and a mind numbingly eerie score by none other than Ennio Morricone. Almost 30 years on, the creature effects are still awe inspiring and (in the ...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Chris Kavan
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06/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Thing: It's weird and pissed off

As a horror and sci fi fan, I am ashamed it took me so long to watch John Carpenter's The Thing. Arising from the ashes of a mediocre theater run, it has since become one of the hits on home video and spawned a cult following. This is right up my alley, but I waited so long - maybe I was afraid I would be disappointed.

I shouldn't have been worried. This has everything I like: paranoia, claustrophobia, awesome monster effects, a good story, great characters and an amazing setting. It's like the planets aligned for a time to create the best possible set up for a horror classic. Everyone always raves about the alien chest-bursting scene, but I have to say there are some pretty great moments here that rival that bit of surprise. When you're dealing with a shape-shifting alien that can pe...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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