The Thing from Another World

The Thing from Another World

Christian Nyby (1951)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This pioneering science-fiction outing emphasises suspense and atmosphere, rather than the shock special effects of John Carpenter's 1982 remake, in a tense story of Arctic scientists trying to cope with the first of Hollywood's Cold War aliens. Howard Hawks is only credited as producer, but the film is suspiciously full of his signature flourishes (camaraderie and banter in the face of ambush, for instance) and director Christian Nyby never made anything half as good again.


The crew of an Arctic research base investigates a UFO crash, and recovers the body of the stranded alien pilot. The scientists soon learn to their horror that the creature is still alive, and that it needs to feed on human blood to survive. Sci-fi thriller, starring Kenneth Tobey and Margaret Sheridan.

Cast & Crew

Capt Patrick Hendry Kenneth Tobey
Nikki Margaret Sheridan
The Thing James Arness
Dr Carrington Robert Cornthwaite
Scotty Douglas Spencer
Lt Eddie Dykes James Young
Lt Ken Erickson Robert Nichols
Corp Barnes William Self
Director Christian Nyby
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video