The Thing (1982) Movie Summary
Horror-meister John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Once unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.
The Thing Film Synopsis
A team of American scientists investigate the empty, destroyed base of their Norwegian counterparts in Antarctica, only to discover a terrifying life force that can take the form of its prey.
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LITERALLY MY FAVORITE MOVIE EVERThis movie is the best!!!! The gore is awesome and it's so real looking!! The weird creatures are extremely creative!!!!!! LOVE IT❤️👹👹.Score: 5/5
ClassicThis one just holds up well. maybe it's not for everyone, but the suspense scenes are just fun for me..Score: 4/5
Carpenter’s best film in my opinionThe Thing is one of the few movies I can watch repeatedly without ever getting bored. The claustrophobic atmosphere combined with the superb special effects which were way ahead of its time makes this one of the most unique sci-fi/horror experiences ever. Easily one of my 10 favorite films.Score: 5/5
Hilarious and I'm 12Omg I am 12 and it is so funny not scary 😄😄😄😄.Score: 5/5
Best horror movie ever? Yes. Yes, I think soEverything is done right in this movie. Every actor is on his game. And the story unfolds so masterfully that you -- like the people in the movie -- can't tell who to trust. One of the finest crafted movies ever, and damned scary too. I've seen it dozens of times, and it never gets old. I could go on, but I'll stop right here so as not to delay you any further. Watch it right now. If you've already seen it, watch it again :).Score: 5/5
Classic sci fi movie with book style endingThe ending seems like it originated from novels, as many don’t have the type of resolution tgis film uses. As I’ve gotten older, the more I like how it ends.( don’t wanna spoil it).Score: 5/5
This is artIf you don't enjoy this, then you are watching movies that you shoudn't be watching. Seriously, this movie is high art..Score: 5/5
YEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!Thank you for the widescreen... I just bought it. Great movie!!!.Score: 5/5
Classic.This movie has a great. It is a classic 80s horror movie that has a decent amount of effects and is a good creature feature..Score: 5/5
My favorite horror movie!!!!!!This movie is so very close to perfection that it amazes me people who love sci-fi and horror haven’t watched it yet. The cast is fantastic, the set and lighting is amazing. And don’t get me started on the soundtrack of this film. All I have to say is that it is Fantastic, absolutely Fantastic and anyone who hasn’t seen it yet need to now. And I do mean right now!.Score: 5/5
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A classic ignored when it was first releasedJohn Carpenter's "The Thing" often described as a remake of dir Christian Nyby's and producer Howard Hawks' "The Thing From Another World", when it's really an adaptation of the that film's source, the novella "Who Goes There" by John W. Campbell. Carpenter's adaptation is far more faithful to the original story, and is by far more successful as a horror film. What's interesting about Carpenter's film is that it is a perfect example of a film ahead of its time. In it initial theatrical release in the summer of 1982, it was roundly condemned as little more than a pointless splatterfest populated by stock characters. Of course, context is the key here....summer '82 was also the year of feel-good SF flicks like Star Trek 2 and E.T. Viewed from today's perspective, "The Thing" serves up a hefty dose of fear, paranoia, and mystery...and the look and feel of the film arguably holds up better than many other films from the same era. Acting is top-notch throughout, as the cast is composed entirely of recognizable character actors, each of whom does a tremendous job in making their characters believable. Strongest of all is Carpenter's steady direction, as he effortless ramps up the paranoia. This film is probably going to be remembered as his best film...an honour it deserves..Score: 5/5
Favorite horror movie everI'm a 16 year old who sees a lot of crappy horror movies. This is different. It's not about some crazy dude trying to get revenge for something, it's not about sex, it's not about beards of epicness...wait no that parts true...but what it's really about is a group of men (only men) trying to survive a creature who's soul purpose is to spread into ever area of human existence. Amazing movie and my favorite horror and regular movie of all time.Score: 5/5
One of Carpenters Best FilmsSci-fiction Horror at its best. A classic that should be seen by both sci-fi and horror fans. Mixes horror, sic fiction and tension..Score: 5/5
Regarding...A truely classic horror, a personal favorite... In October 2011 a prequl is gonna be made, can't wait.Score: 5/5
Great horror flickLoved the movie, suspenseful and mysterious!.Score: 5/5
Very gory and entertaining john carpenter flickThis is a very creepy atmospheric horror movie,great affects,good acting,liked kurt russell's performance,.Score: 3/5
Great movieSuspenseful throughout very entertaining and enjoyable to watch.Score: 5/5
Regarding John Carpenter's The ThingArguably John Carpenter's best film -- Halloween was fantastic too, along with Mouth of Madness and They Live -- The Thing is what a true horror movie ought to be. The gore and tension both run high, but so does the character development. With that, there's an internal logic to the film that you never question: nothing in the whole movie comes across as a plot device. Everything seems authentic. And despite the dire situation, the actors do a great job with material. You could easily see lesser actors cross the line into parody. It's shot beautifully. The scenery almost becomes a character in its own right. The movie is based on a short story by John W. Campbell Jr., but it also has shades of Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness in it..Score: 5/5
One of the best. Just watch it.One of Carpenter’s better films, and many memorable portrayals by some of your favorite actors. An excellent bookend to pair up with the more recent ‘The Thing’ from 2011. High on my list of B horror actions flicks, just like the 2011 version..Score: 5/5
The best filmJohn carpenter’s the thing is an classic horror sci-fi and before he directed Stephen king’s inspiration, best selling novel. CHRISTINE.Score: 5/5
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