The Thing


The Thing

Overview:

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

Votes 1586 (7.8/10)

Runtime: 109 minutes

Release Date 1982-06-25

Budget: $15,000,000.00

Revenue: $19,629,760.00

Website: Link

Tagline: Man is The Warmest Place to Hide.

Production company:

  • Universal Pictures
  • Turman-Foster Company

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction

Trailer

Further Information

R.J. MacReady
Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell
Childs
Keith David
Keith David
Dr. Blair
Wilford Brimley
Wilford Brimley
Garry
Donald Moffat
Donald Moffat
Dr. Copper
Richard Dysart
Richard Dysart
Norris
Charles Hallahan
Charles Hallahan
Nauls
T. K. Carter
T. K. Carter
Palmer
David Clennon
David Clennon
Bennings
Peter Maloney
Peter Maloney
Clark
Richard Masur
Richard Masur
Fuchs
Joel Polis
Joel Polis
Windows
Thomas G. Waites
Thomas G. Waites
Director
John Carpenter
John Carpenter
Screenplay
Bill Lancaster
Bill Lancaster
Producer
David Foster
David Foster
Executive Producer
Wilbur Stark
Wilbur Stark
Original Music Composer
Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
Director of Photography
Dean Cundey
Dean Cundey
Editor
Todd C. Ramsay
Todd C. Ramsay
Casting
Anita Dann
Anita Dann
Production Design
John J. Lloyd
John J. Lloyd
Art Direction
Henry Larrecq
Henry Larrecq
Set Decoration
John M. Dwyer
John M. Dwyer
Co-Producer
Stuart Cohen
Stuart Cohen
Story
John W. Campbell Jr.
John W. Campbell Jr.
Camera Operator
Cyrus Block
Cyrus Block
Costume Supervisor
Ronald I. Caplan
Ronald I. Caplan
Costume Supervisor
Gilbert Loe
Gilbert Loe
Costume Supervisor
Trish Keating
Trish Keating
Property Master
John Zemansky
John Zemansky
Leadman
Barton M. Susman
Barton M. Susman
Supervising Sound Editor
David Lewis Yewdall
David Lewis Yewdall
Supervising Sound Editor
Colin C. Mouat
Colin C. Mouat
Sound Effects Editor
Warren Hamilton Jr.
Warren Hamilton Jr.
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Steve Maslow
Steve Maslow
Gaffer
Thomas Marshall
Thomas Marshall
Best Boy Electric
Charles E. Nippell
Charles E. Nippell
Camera Operator
Raymond Stella
Raymond Stella
Music Editor
Cliff Kohlweck
Cliff Kohlweck
Script Supervisor
Candy Artmont
Candy Artmont
Producer
Lawrence Turman
Lawrence Turman
Associate Producer
Larry J. Franco
Larry J. Franco
Makeup Effects
Rob Bottin
Rob Bottin
Makeup Effects
Ken Diaz
Ken Diaz
Script Supervisor
Christine Wilson
Christine Wilson
Pilot
Nate Irwin
Nate Irwin
Pilot
Lawrence Perry
Lawrence Perry
Pilot
Ken Strain
Ken Strain
Gaffer
David R. Anderson
David R. Anderson
Dolly Grip
Dave Gordon
Dave Gordon
Dolly Grip
Kris Krosskove
Kris Krosskove
Key Grip
Dillard Brinson
Dillard Brinson
Key Grip
Ronald Woodward
Ronald Woodward

John Chard

Flips the scenario round from the original to great effect. John Carpenter shows how much he loves the 1951 original by giving it the utmost respect that he possibly could, the only difference here is that Carpenter chooses to stick to the paranoiac core of John W Campbell Jr's short story. The secret to this version's success is the unbearable tension that builds up as the group of men become suspicious of each other, the strain of literally waiting to be taken over takes a fearful hold. Carpenter then manages to deliver the shocks as well as the mystery that's needed to keep the film heading in the right direction. Be it an horrific scene or a "what is in the shadow" sequence, the film is the perfect fusion of horror and sci-fi. The dialogue is laced with potency and viability for a group of men trying to keep it together under such duress, while Ennio Morricone's score is a wonderful eerie pulse beat that further racks up the sense of doom and paranoia seaming throughout the film. The cast are superb, a solid assembly line of actors led by Carpenter favourite Kurt Russell, whilst the effects used around the characters get the right amount of impact needed. But most of all it's the ending that is the crowning glory, an ending that doesn't pander to the norm and is incredibly fitting for what has gone on before it. Lets wait and see what happens indeed. 10/10

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