The Thing

The Thing

DVD - 1998
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Set in the winter of 1982 at a research station in Antarctica, a twelve man research team finds an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has remained buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Unfrozen and unleashed, the THING creates havoc and terror as it changes forms and becomes one of them.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c1998, 1982.
Edition: Collector's edition.
ISBN: 9781417010905
1417010908
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SCIENCE FICTION THING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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nuke_man1
Jun 14, 2021

Added an additional 'half-star' (to 4.5) to John Carpenter's masterpiece due to the fact that the critics trashed it so severely!...

Kurt Russell, Keith David and the entire crew are absolutely fantastic!...

Totally riveting and absolutely terrifying movie with effects that have to be seen to be believed!...

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jimtroeltsch
May 11, 2021

This movie starts at a sprint and only speeds up from there. It just has a relentless feeling of paranoia and terror.

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Soyghurt
Mar 18, 2021

One of the finest science fiction films ever made, and one of the scariest. All kinds of clues are scattered throughout the film to indicate who is compromised. If you like detective/murder/crime shows, you can treat The Thing as one, but you're not going to spot them unless you're really good, or look up some of the clue online, or watch it more than once. The attention to detail is amazing, and it's there to give you clues as to who might be compromised, but you have to note every detail of who is missing from any scene, doorways, etc.

39 years later and I'm still finding new clues and angles I missed previously.

Despite being from 1982, the FX still hold up pretty well. I suggest watching the circa 1972 Horror Express with this, since there are some real parallels.

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TwistedDragon1
Dec 28, 2020

One of my favorite horror movies! The tension and atmosphere is incredible. The creature make-up effects are legitimately among the best ever put to screen and still hold up against some of the very best CGI.

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gilborg2000
Dec 15, 2020

First off, this movie is incredibly graphic, practical gore effects are used through out and come across very realistically at times. This might not be a fun watch for the more squeamish out there but if you enjoy your blood then this shouldn't disappoint. This is a chilling tale of paranoia and suspense as an American research group stationed in Antarctica come into contact with an alien presence that leaves the crew questioning who they can trust. The cast are fantastic and sell the high tension in the outpost with tight cinematography and direction from horror master John Carpenter, and the music composed by him and Ennio Morricone sets up for a pulse pounding time. Unfairly maligned in it's release year of 1982 and opening against ET The Extra Terrestrial, this nearly forgotten sci-fi horror gem is a must see for anyone who want to put their nerves to the test.

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CaptainTrips
Nov 28, 2020

The absolute definitive sci fi / horror film. A must for any fan of either genre

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ladydrummer
Oct 08, 2020

The only movie to feature Mac AND Windows (and a great flick, besides!) My husband and I, being non-traditional, watch this every November for "Thingsgiving."

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SusyHendrix
Sep 27, 2020

One of a very small number of movies that genuinely terrifies me. It's not even the body horror stuff (rendered by practical effects which hold up remarkably well), but the way the men all turn on one another. Definitely a case where a remake outshines the original in every way.

JCLMikeK Jul 16, 2020

From a box office flop to a home video hit, John Carpenter's The Thing is now widely recognized as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Based on a novella from the 1930s and the Howard Hawks film adaptation from the 1950s, The Thing is about a group of scientists in the Arctic who stumble upon an alien creature that invades lifeforms on a cellular level and transforms them. It's a wonderfully made and extremely paranoid movie, the practical effects are top notch, and it's a lot of fun if you're looking to be scared. If you've never seen The Thing, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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JRP65
Feb 29, 2020

One of my fav horror movies. Fav effects parts are the spider head, & the combo dogs.

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ManMachine
May 15, 2014

Violence: The alien-thing in its transformations gets pretty violent.

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ManMachine
May 15, 2014

Coarse Language: This film's dialogue is spiced with plenty of profanity.

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ManMachine
May 15, 2014

"You gotta be fukking kidding!"

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