The Thing (1982)

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Synopsis

A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late.

Cast

  • Kurt Russell
  • Wilford Brimley
  • T.K. Carter
  • David Clennon
  • Keith David
  • Richard Dysart
  • Charles Hallahan
  • Peter Maloney
  • Richard Masur
  • Donald Moffat

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Trivia

  • (at around 14 mins) John Carpenter comments that one of the bush pilots used on the film offered to crash one of the helicopters for money. When MacReady and Dr. Copper go to visit the Norwegian camp via helicopter, the bush pilot actually turned the controls over to Kurt Russell once the chopper was off the ground. If you watch the shot you see the 'copter actually wobble - that's Russell taking the controls.
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Goofs

  • (at around 1h 6 mins) When Fuchs goes outside following the mysterious figure outside the lab, there is already snow on his knees as he drops to pick up Mac's shredded clothing.
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Quotes

    • Clark: I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.
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Metacritic

75

Carpenter creates an atmosphere in Thing; it's a weird one, an odd landscape and clearly alien territory, but it's entertaining nonetheless. And for those who have not been to a creep show in the last couple of years, The Thing has some very nasty surprises. [25 June 1982, p.D1]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald
75

A paranoia-choked atmosphere is the primary reason why The Thing works as well as it does. The setup is standard stuff, establishing that the characters are isolated and can expect no help from the outside. The realization there could be an alien among them, and any one of them might not be human, is what launches The Thing into a spiral of escalating tension.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
63

The Thing is basically just a geek show, a gross-out movie in which teenagers can dare one another to watch the screen. There's nothing wrong with that; I like being scared and I was scared by many scenes in The Thing. But it seems clear that Carpenter made his choice early on to concentrate on the special effects and the technology and to allow the story and people to become secondary.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times