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 ed.
ISBN: 9780783227504
Branch Call Number: DVD HORROR Thin
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: John Carpenter's The thing


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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.

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.

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.

Nov 28, 2020

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

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."

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!

Feb 29, 2020

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

Best horror film ever made, period, end of story.

The Thing was a terrible show. The only good thing about the show were that the transformations were gory but cool. It was kind of suspenseful trying to figure out who was “The Thing” and who wasn’t, but since I hated all of the characters it didn’t really matter. However the acting was terrible, all of the characters are unlikable, so I didn’t feel bad for any of them. Also how the problem wasn’t solved at the start was pretty dumb. Like how hard is it to shoot a dog. Also if someone was trying to shoot it why would they let it into their camp. Also, you would think though after several years together they would be able to ask each other a question about themselves to know who’s who, but apparently not. The ending was like one of the only good parts of the movie because if the show is over I will never have to see the characters again. The alien looked pretty cool though during transformations. Don’t watch bad show.

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Dec 15, 2020

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May 15, 2014

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

May 15, 2014

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


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May 15, 2014

"You gotta be fukking kidding!"


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