The Thing (1982) Movie Review

The Thing (1982)

1982 | Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery
109 minutes /

User Score: 62/100

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The Thing Review


Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.

Director John Carpenter and special makeup effects master Rob Bottin teamed up for this 1982 remake of the 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World, and the result is a mixed blessing. It’s got moments of highly effective terror and spine-tingling suspense, but it’s mostly a showcase for some of the goriest and most horrifically grotesque makeup effects ever created for a movie. With such highlights as a dog that splits open and blossoms into something indescribably gruesome, this is the kind of movie for die-hard horror fans and anyone who slows down to stare at fatal traffic accidents. On those terms, however, it’s hard not to be impressed by the movie’s wild and wacky freak show. It all begins when scientists at an arctic research station discover an alien spacecraft under the thick ice, and thaw out the alien body found aboard. What they don’t know is that the alien can assume any human form, and before long the scientists can’t tell who’s real and who’s a deadly alien threat. Kurt Russell leads the battle against the terrifying intruder, and the supporting cast includes Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, and Wilford Brimley. They’re all playing standard characters who are neglected by the mechanistic screenplay (based on the classic sci-fi story "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell), but Carpenter’s emphasis is clearly on the gross-out effects and escalating tension. If you’ve got the stomach for it (and let’s face it, there’s a big audience for eerie gore), this is a thrill ride you won’t want to miss.

About The Thing 1982

Title: The Thing
Original Title: John Carpenter's The Thing
Year: 1982
Runtime: 109 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
Starring: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Keith David, Norbert Weisser, Charles Hallahan, Larry J. Franco, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Richard Dysart, Peter Maloney, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites, Nate Irwin, William Zeman, Jed, T.K. Carter, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat
Writers: Bill Lancaster, John W. Campbell Jr.
Director: John Carpenter

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