The Thing

The Thing

Matthijs van Heijningen (1982)

X Certificate


Our Score
Director Matthijs van Heijningen's feature debut is pitched as a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic -it ends where that film begins - but it's really more of a remake, down to the many grotesque, surreal shock moments. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a palaeontologist who is whisked to an Antarctic research base when an alien is found embedded in the ice. Once defrosted, the shape-shifting thing causes paranoia on a grand scale, and that's even before the gory mayhem begins. This stands up well against Carpenter's film: van Heijningen creates an edgy atmosphere, the restaged gross-out scenes are enhanced rather than overwhelmed by the slick CGI work, and the horrific sights that greeted Kurt Russell's crew at the base are cleverly explained. Tense, smart and suitably gruesome, this certainly delivers the goods.


A mysterious shape-shifting alien kills and impersonates its victims on an Antarctic research base manned by a crew of American scientists. The researchers face the ordeal of stopping the creature from making its way to civilisation - but are in danger of jeopardising the task as mounting paranoia turns them against each other. John Carpenter's sci-fi horror remake, starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, TK Carter, Keith David and Richard Dysart.

Cast & Crew

Kate Lloyd Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Carter Joel Edgerton
Jameson Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Dr Sander Halvorson Ulrich Thomsen
Adam Finch Eric Christian Olsen
Edvard Wolner Trond Espen Seim
Griggs Paul Braunstein
Juliette Kim Bubbs
Lars Jorgen Langhelle
Olav Jan Gunnar Roise
Director Matthijs van Heijningen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: May be edited for language and violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Sep 2009