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The Thing
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Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

R.J. MacReady
Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley

Dr. Blair
Keith David

Keith David

Childs
Richard Dysart

Richard Dysart

Dr. Copper
Charles Hallahan

Charles Hallahan

Vance Norris
Peter Maloney

Peter Maloney

George Bennings


Written by
Bill Lancaster

Bill Lancaster

(screenplay)


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One of John Carpenter's finest

3 years, 2 months ago at Nov 20 12:56
4 votes
"I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won."

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3 years, 10 months ago at Mar 25 17:03
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What’s amazing about the film is that the older I get the scarier the film is. I must have seen the film a half dozen times now. I first watched it when I was a kid, maybe 11 or 12, and I just kind of loved the gore effects. Was just riveted by them. Every subsequent rewatch has unsettled me a little more and watching it a few nights back the film struck me in a way that I wasn’t expecting. It... read more

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3 years, 7 months ago at Jun 8 11:33
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It doesn’t matter how many times you watch The Thing, it still has the ability to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and forces you to the edge of your seat.
The dark, brooding atmosphere starts at the opening credits when the title burns its way through the screen. The eerie thudding music accentuates this and the tone doesn’t let up for the full running time.

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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.
Release date: 25 June 1982
UPC: 025192032929
Horror (54), Sci-fi (35), Thriller (27), 1980s (20), Alien (18), Remake (17), Aliens (15), Gore (14), Ice (14), 1982 (14), Suspense (13), Paranoia (13), Mystery (12), Antarctica (11), Spacecraft (10), Antarctic (10), Trust (10), Pilot (9), Shape Shifter (8), (7)
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"Remake of: The Thing from Another World The RemakeI've always enjoyed the fear, paranoia and isolation that's present in The Thing, as well as its practical effects. But I guess I'm in the minority of thinking that it's overlong and at times rather dull. I do like the Norwegian the beginning, seeing as I understand his very broken attempt at shouting in Norwegian. It's amusing. vs."


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What the...?

“The fuck did I just watch? I don't even know why because it looked like the weirdest creature I EVER seen! It's an Eldritch Abomination! I don't even think it was overrated, because it's not underrated, it's just plain OK.” read more

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The Thing

“The scariest thing about The Thing isn’t the gore effects or the threat of infection. It’s the escalating sense of paranoia and the confined interiors that forces them to huddle together while stranded out in the wilderness far away from the rest of humanity. There’s no true way to know who is infected and who isn’t, or even how it manages to transfer from one organism to the next.

It helps tremendously that John Carpenter took a detached, remote tone from the material. There isn’t much heat on display, from the icy tundra of the landscape to the clinical approach to the gore and scares, The Thing is a scary movie done expertly. Many of the great special effects scenes in the movie are still highly impressive, but they still manage to disturb and give you a good jump-s” read more

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