The Thing


Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

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  1. John W. Campbell Jr.


  2. Bill Lancaster


  3. John Carpenter


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  1. Kurt Russell

    Kurt Russell

    R.J. MacReady

  2. Keith David

    Keith David


  3. Wilford Brimley

    Wilford Brimley

    Dr. Blair

  4. Donald Moffat

    Donald Moffat


  5. Richard Dysart

    Richard Dysart

    Dr. Copper

  6. Charles Hallahan

    Charles Hallahan


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 49m

Budget $10,000,000.00

Revenue $13,782,838.00


Release Information

  • June 25, 1982
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Flips the scenario round from the original to great effect.

John Carpenter shows how much he loves the 1951 original by giving it the utmost respect that he possibly could, the only difference here is that Carpenter chooses to stick to the paranoiac core of John W Campbell Jr's short story.

The secret to this version's success is the unbearable tension that builds up as the group of men become suspicious of each other, the strain of literally waiting to be taken over takes a fearful hold. Carpenter then manages to deliver the shocks as well as the mystery that's needed to keep the film he... read the rest.

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