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Status: Released

Runtime: 109

Budget: $10,000,000

Revenue: $13,782,838

Languages: en, no

Webpage: Link

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  •  R

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  • A valami
  • John Carpenter's The Thing
Content Score: 100


7.4/10 (592 votes)


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


Man is The Warmest Place to Hide.


Director: John Carpenter
Writers: ,

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Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell
as R.J. MacReady

Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley
as Dr. Blair

T. K. Carter

T. K. Carter
as Nauls

David Clennon

David Clennon
as Palmer

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A review 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.