The Thing

  • 18
  • John Carpenter (1982)
  • US
  • 108 min
The Thing
Film Review
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4 out of 5

John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby's influential 1951 creature feature is a special-effects extravaganza of the highest order. In fact, the updated screenplay by Bill Lancaster (son of Burt) sticks more closely to the plot of the classic John W Campbell short story that inspired the original movie, as the occupants of a polar research station (which include Kurt Russell and A Wilford Brimley) are menaced by an alien with the ability to change its shape and impersonate its enemies. Carpenter stresses the slimy ET at the expense of characterisation, mood and practically everything else, yet it's precisely this one grisly facet that makes it such compelling science fiction. Even Alien can't hold a candle to the nightmarish images on offer here, so be warned.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction horror starring Kurt Russell. In the Antarctic, a team of American scientists discover the remains of a spacecraft near an abandoned Norwegian research station. While investigating the expedition's fate, the Americans come under threat from a terrifying alien organism.

Cast and crew

Cast

MacReady
Kurt Russell
Blair
Wilford Brimley
Nauls
T K Carter
Palmer
David Clennon
Childs
Keith David
Dr Copper
Richard Dysart
Norris
Charles Hallahan
Bennings
Peter Maloney
Clark
Richard Masur
Garry
Donald Moffat
Fuchs
Joel Polis
Windows
Thomas G Waites

Crew

Director
John Carpenter

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Sep 2009
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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