The Thing

The Thing

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.

Original Title: The Thing
Year: 1982
Countries: Canada,United States of America
Category: Horror,Mystery,Science Fiction
Languages: English,Norsk
Production Companies: Universal Pictures,Turman-Foster Company,Province of BC, Ministry of Tourism, Film Promotion Office
Gender: Horror,Mystery,Science Fiction
Movie Cast:

  • R.J. MacReady: Kurt Russell
  • Childs: Keith David
  • Dr. Blair: Wilford Brimley
  • Nauls: T.K. Carter
  • Palmer: David Clennon
  • Dr. Copper: Richard Dysart
  • Norris: Charles Hallahan
  • Bennings: Peter Maloney
  • Clark: Richard Masur
  • Garry: Donald Moffat
  • Fuchs: Joel Polis
  • Windows: Thomas G. Waites
  • Norwegian (uncredited): Norbert Weisser
  • Norwegian Passenger With Rifle (uncredited): Larry J. Franco
  • Helicopter Pilot (uncredited): Nate Irwin
  • Pilot (uncredited): William Zeman
  • Computer (voice) (uncredited): Adrienne Barbeau
  • Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited): John Carpenter
  • The Dog (uncredited): Jed

Movie Crew:

  • First Assistant Director: Larry J. Franco
  • Set Decoration: John M. Dwyer
  • Director of Photography: Dean Cundey
  • Original Music Composer: Ennio Morricone
  • Editor: Todd C. Ramsay
  • Production Design: John J. Lloyd
  • Special Effects: Roy Arbogast
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Colin C. Mouat
  • Original Music Composer: John Carpenter
  • Producer: David Foster
  • Set Decoration: Graeme Murray
  • Makeup Artist: Ken Chase
  • Makeup Effects: Ken Diaz
  • Production Manager: Robert Latham Brown
  • Stunt Coordinator: Dick Warlock
  • Screenplay: Bill Lancaster
  • Co-Producer: Stuart Cohen
  • Executive Producer: Wilbur Stark
  • Casting: Anita Dann
  • Art Direction: Henry Larrecq
  • Original Music Composer: Alan Howarth
  • Producer: Lawrence Turman
  • Stunts: Denver Mattson
  • Second Assistant Camera: David Geddes
  • Second Assistant Director: Jeffrey Chernov
  • Costume Supervisor: Trish Keating
  • Camera Operator: Raymond Stella
  • Unit Production Manager: Fitch Cady
  • Makeup Effects Designer: Rob Bottin
  • First Assistant Camera: Clyde E. Bryan
  • Stunts: Eric Mansker
  • Stunts: Larry Holt
  • Stunts: Melvin Jones
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Steve Maslow
  • Stunts: Rock A. Walker
  • Pilot: Ken Strain
  • Stunts: Jerry Wills
  • Foley Supervisor: John K. Adams
  • Dolly Grip: Dave Gordon
  • Sound Effects Editor: Warren Hamilton Jr.
  • Camera Operator: Cyrus Block
  • Key Grip: Dillard Brinson
  • Visual Effects: Albert Whitlock
  • Costume Supervisor: Ronald I. Caplan
  • Costume Supervisor: Gilbert Loe
  • Music Editor: Cliff Kohlweck
  • Property Master: John Zemansky
  • Leadman: Barton M. Susman
  • Supervising Sound Editor: David Lewis Yewdall
  • Gaffer: Thomas Marshall
  • Best Boy Electric: Charles E. Nippell
  • Script Supervisor: Candy Artmont
  • Script Supervisor: Christine Wilson
  • Still Photographer: Chris Helcermanas-Benge
  • Best Boy Electric: Len Wolfe
  • Special Effects Assistant: John K. Stirber
  • Production Illustrator: Mentor Huebner
  • Gaffer: David R. Anderson
  • Story: John W. Campbell Jr.
  • Stunts: Kent Hays
  • Gaffer: Mark Walthour
  • Dolly Grip: Kris Krosskove
  • Stunts: Anthony Cecere
  • Makeup Artist: Phyllis Newman
  • Second Assistant Director: Michael Steele
  • Special Effects: Lee Routly
  • Pilot: Nate Irwin
  • Pilot: Lawrence Perry
  • Key Grip: Ronald Woodward
  • Best Boy Grip: James L. Hurford
  • Production Illustrator: Gary Meyer
  • Driver: George Lawson
  • Special Effects Assistant: Hans Metz
  • Transportation Captain: Bob Cornell
  • Transportation Captain: Dan Anglin
  • Swing: Richard A. Gonzales
  • Stunts: Clint Rowe
  • Second Assistant Camera: Steve Tate
  • Sound Editor: Kendrick P. Sweet
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Ernesto Mas
  • Swing: Joseph R. Savko
  • Swing: Milton Wilson
  • Grip: Ray Kinzer
  • Assistant Property Master: Michael R. Gannon
  • Craft Service: Rocky Corsini
  • Painter: James Callan
  • Production Illustrator: Michael Ploog
  • Production Assistant: Ron MacInnes
  • Production Secretary: Debbie Collier
  • Craft Service: Yervant Babasin
  • Production Secretary: Karen Kalton
  • Technical Advisor: Robin Mounsey
  • First Assistant Camera: Paul R. Prince
  • Second Assistant Camera: Douglas Pruss
  • Special Effects: Michael A. Clifford
  • Transportation Captain: Alois Stranan
  • Craft Service: Spencer Hyde
  • Generator Operator: Barrett J. Reid
  • Visual Effects: Henry Schoessler

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    7 Review

  1. John Chard dice:

    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 heading in the right direction.

    Be it an horrific scene or a "what is in the shadow" sequence, the film is the perfect fusion of horror and sci-fi. The dialogue is laced with potency and viability for a group of men trying to keep it together under such duress, while Ennio Morricone's score is a wonderful eerie pulse beat that further racks up the sense of doom and paranoia seaming throughout the film.

    The cast are superb, a solid assembly line of actors led by Carpenter favourite Kurt Russell, whilst the effects used around the characters get the right amount of impact needed. But most of all it's the ending that is the crowning glory, an ending that doesn't pander to the norm and is incredibly fitting for what has gone on before it. Lets wait and see what happens indeed. 10/10

  2. fenicka dice:

    It was a good and original movie but some parts were still too boring, am i the only one who thinks like this?

  3. Wuchak dice:

    Stuck on a remote station in Antarctica with… The Thing

    RELEASED IN 1982 and directed by John Carter, “The Thing” stars Kurt Russell as the helicopter pilot of an eleven-man crew at a research station in Antarctica who encounter a ghastly shape-shifting alien that perfectly replicates the appearance of its victims.

    This is basically a sequel to the 1956 film and even includes footage from that classic sci-fi/horror. The creature is unconventional to say the least and this adds an eerie component to an already otherworldly and confined Antarctic setting.

    There are no females and therefore no romantic complications. The characters are thin so the story focuses on the thing and how the crew tries to track it down and eliminate it, if they can. The nature of the gruesome entity, how it functions and how it can or cannot be killed leaves you with a lot of questions. The ending is haunting.

    “The Thing” may not be as great as gushing devotees insist, but it’s solid sci-fi/horror with some pretty horrific scenes, although only one really creeped me out (the blood scene) while another made me bust out laughing (the torso jaws).

    THE FILM RUNS 1 hour, 48 minutes and was shot in Alaska & British Columbia. WRITER: Bill Lancaster. MISC. CAST: Keith David (Childs), Wilford Brimley (Blair), T.K. Carter (Nauls), Richard Masur (Clark), Thomas G. Waites (Windows), Donald Moffat (Garry), etc.

    GRADE: B

  4. DrewBlack dice:

    1982 was a good year for alien movies. The people were not really ready for it, but it was. Not only did Spielberg’s friendly and warm-hearted E.T. - The Extraterrestrial debut at Cannes, and went on to become the world’s highest grossing film, but Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan made justice with a really good motion picture to the Star Trek TV series, and Liquid Sky shook up the indie cinema scene. And, of course, the release of John Carpenter’s gruesome, thrilling and tense take on John W. Campbell Jr.’s novella Who Goes There: The Thing, probably named because of the other adaptation of Campbell Jr.’s story, The Thing from Another World (1951). But not only did Carpenter’s The Thing do poorly at the box office, it was also heavily criticized for the raw material (some level of gore and on-screen autopsies of the creature). Almost four decades later, and the movie has gone through one of the biggest re-evaluations in cinema history, becoming a standard bearer for the horror “monster movie” subgenre, and a mandatory stop for cinephiles all over the world. How does a day make a difference.

    One thing is certain: Nowadays, loved or hated, The Thing is still a topic of discussion. As far as this reviewer goes, I stand with the most recent evaluation. The Thing is an example of tension-building through dialogue, while also being a visually striking, fear-provoking monster flick. And, in the category of alien Sci-fi movies, it is up there with Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Alien (1979) and Predator (1987) in the race for the top spot.

    The premise of the film, being synthesized, is that a group of norwegian scientists in Antarctica found a 100,000 year old UFO buried in the snow. They find a frozen creature next to it, and thaw it out. The norwegian team proceeds to be almost entirely slaughtered by the unknown beast, that is able to shapeshift into other life forms. A dog, that in reality is the creature, escapes, and is chased all the way to an american base. There, it is unknowingly welcomed, until the Americans investigate the norwegian base. They find about the powers of the Thing, and from there on, the film assumes a “who-do-I-trust” suspenseful setting. The pace is never slow, because the viewer is always on the edge of its seat.

    The protagonist, R. J. MacReady, is brilliantly portrayed by Kurt Russell, in what would be his third collaboration with John Carpenter. The partnership started with the 1979 TV movie Elvis, and continued with Escape From New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Big Trouble in Little China (1986) and Escape From L.A. (1996). As always, the chemistry between actor and director is important to build up a good result in the form of the film. Here, Russell brings in powerful voice tones, and his characteristic sheer physicality to give his best portrayal of a helicopter pilot who must assume a leading position with his colleagues in order to fight an unknown threat. Amongst the supporting cast, noticeable names are Keith David (They Live), Wilford Brimley (Country) and Donald Moffat (Rachel, Rachel).

    John Carpenter is almost guaranteed to knock it out of the park when it comes to horror, having The Fog (1980), Halloween (1978), and so many others under his direction. The Thing wouldn’t put him in critic’s graces in 1982, but in the long run, it would define his directorial style, and find its appreciation, being one of the career-defining works that cemented him as one of the authorities on the genre.

    The soundtrack is beautiful, and that is not for no reason. John Carpenter himself and his long-time collaborator Alan Howarth composed some of the tracks together. The fact that the director himself composes the pieces ensures an extraordinary blend between scene and music. But not only that: for select parts of the score, Carpenter had the compositions of cinematic-music icon, Ennio Morricone. The legendary italian composer made the iconic soundtrack to Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, apart from other big movies like The Untouchables and Death Rides a Horse. And to The Thing, he brought an electronic vibe, in order to approach Carpenter’s own style of music, while also incorporating european elements. The main theme for the film has its own deep meaning, representing the absorption process by the Thing, the main instrument being… An organ.

    The visual effects were ahead of their time. So ahead of their time, that critics and casual cinemagoers alike bashed them for being “too gruesome” or “too gross”. There are ways and ways to create fear. One of them is properly scaring people - using jumpscares, or tense and uncomfortable situations -, the other is to gross them out. And The Thing, even though it does scare in the first way really well, relishes in this second one, utilizing the advantage of working with the anatomy of a fictional creature, especially a shapeshifting one, to create horrific settings and on-screen situations. Examples of it are an autopsy of what seems to be a burned human being by the beginning, and the Thing absorbing a few alaskan malamute dogs.

    The thing about… Uh, The Thing, is that it is one of the early 80s monster flicks that would set the bar high for many others to come. Despite not being well received at its time, it would find deserved recognition after a re-evaluation. It has great attributes such as strong acting, directing, visual effects and a killer soundtrack. In its setting of Antarctica, The Thing delivers proper ice cold chills. For a movie about a shapeshifting creature, this one finds itself being inimitable. Oh, the irony.

  5. mooney240 dice:

    **The Thing is a bloody disgusting groundbreaking masterpiece that reinvented cinema and reminded everyone that true fear lies in what can't be seen.**

    The Thing might be the greatest horror creature film ever made. In an age where aliens were cute and friendly like E.T., John Carpenter's The Thing depicted a disturbing, grotesque creature of nightmare responsible for some of film's most terrifying body horror. The Thing was so far ahead of its time in horror and effects that it brought the terror into reality. Carpenter's brilliant decision to set the film in the frozen wilderness of Antarctica deepens the isolation and paranoia of every second. The practical effects are unbelievable and so impressive, allowing the actors to interact with the horror and make their performances that much more genuine and frightening. The Thing personifies paranoia as Kurt Russell's MacReady attempts to discover who is alien and who is not, with disgusting and disastrous consequences. Carpenter's The Thing is a gut-wrenching horror masterpiece that deserved so much more acclaim and recognition than it received upon its release.

  6. CinemaSerf dice:

    As remakes go, this is one of the better ones that I have seen - though I still prefer the degree of menace generated by the 1951 iteration. A man in an helicopter is shooting at a lonely mutt amidst the antarctic wilderness when it arrives at an American scientific base. An accident ensures the inhabitants cannot interrogate the pursuing Norwegians and a quick visit to their nearby camp shows that disaster has struck. A large block of hollowed out ice suggests, though, that they may well have made an unique discovery - especially when they find some smouldering skeletal remains. Back at their own camp - along with their new charcoaled find - things get back to normal until the mysterious dog is put into the cage with the others and all hell breaks loose. It is soon clear to "Mac" (Kurt Russell) that they are dealing with something extremely strong, adaptable and ruthless. Can they survive? The visual effects here go a long way to compensating for the rather lacklustre acting - Russell isn't really very good - and the claustrophobic antarctic settings and howling winds add a richness and sense of peril to this superior horror story. The fact that the creature has a sort of Azazel-like ability to transfer from any life-form to another, and to more than one simultaneously adds some decent jeopardy to the plot, too, as neither they nor us know who is to be trusted right until the ending. This is certainly one of John Carpenter's better efforts - and is well worth a watch on a cold winter's night!

  7. CinemaSerf dice:

    Told by way of a cycle of interconnected stories, this works well as a portmanteau of crimes and misdemeanours affecting a small town as it celebrates (or not!) Halloween. We start with a young couple returning from a party; the lady less enamoured with the occasion than her boyfriend. Suffice to say that there was no nookie for them that night (or ever again) as the series moves through a virgin, a group of glamorous vampires, a school principal with a penchant for the macabre and poor old Brian Cox's "Kreeg" who certainly has the most entertaining encounter with our tiny, pumpkin-headed, menace. The stories play well to our own fears and apprehensions, but there is also a soupçon of humour and a bit of a moral to it - suggesting, very strongly, that nay-sayers and folks who don't have treats are, quite literally, taking their lives in their own hands. There is no great reliance on visual effects. The presentation of the stories is characterful and genuinely scary a times without us looking for strings or CGI - and that makes this a more genuinely scary film that brings together many things evil and malevolent from the spiritual and fantasy worlds and couples them with some good old human vanity and nastiness. There is a sensible paucity of script - though some of Mr. Cox's one liners are potent, and Michael Dougherty allows the dark and eerie scenarios to evolve and facilitate the story with as few gimmicks as possible. Great fun, this.

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