The Thing

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  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 8.1  (388,713)
  • 57

The Thing is about a group of researchers in the Antarctic who are threatened by an alien that can change its shape to imitate any life-form it kills. It is a science-fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and includes a varied cast of known actors. The initial conflict is preceded by unknown circumstances involving a different research base. The chain of events that would lead to this inevitable collision with such a destructive force begins with a dog being chased into the researchers camp by a helicopter and its rifleman. After being forced to kill the rifleman in defense, they kennel the animal and locate the base that the helicopter came from. Among the corpses they find is a disfigured human-like creature with two faces. They bring the corpse to their own camp to examine and during this process the dog they kenneled along with their sled dogs, metamorphoses and attempts to kill the other dogs. After conducting the autopsy on the alien, Blair, played by Wilford Brimley, realizes the potential threat it poses to civilization. Upon concluding that anyone can become the creature, he begins to isolate himself from the remaining group. Following an encounter with one of the other group metamorphosing, Blair begins to sabotage equipment supposedly to prevent the creature from reaching larger populations. Kurt Russell's character, MacReady, insists on a blood test that would determine who the alien is. This forces the creature out into the open and is immediately killed alongside one of the other group members by MacReady. Believing there is still another person the alien had assimilated, the fellow researchers come to realize that Blair has also been copied and destroy the base leaving only MacReady and Childs to endure the cold and the wait.

The Thing
Interviews With Mick Garris And Director John Carpenter
Interviews With Mick Garris And Director John Carpenter

Behind the Scenes - 1 min 54 sec

Kill It!
Kill It!

Clip - 3 min 10 sec

It's Alive!
It's Alive!

Clip - 3 min 19 sec

Interviews With Joel Polis, Peter Maloney, And Thomas G. Waites
Interviews With Joel Polis, Peter Maloney, And Thomas G. Waites

Behind the Scenes - 1 min 12 sec

Interviews With Actors, Richard Masur And Peter Maloney
Interviews With Actors, Richard Masur And Peter Maloney

Behind the Scenes - 1 min 10 sec

The Thing
The Thing

Trailer - 1 min 59 sec

Description
The Thing is about a group of researchers in the Antarctic who are threatened by an alien that can change its shape to imitate any life-form it kills. It is a science-fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and includes a varied cast of known actors. The initial conflict is preceded by unknown circumstances involving a different research base.

The chain of events that would lead to this inevitable collision with such a destructive force begins with a dog being chased into the researchers camp by a helicopter and its rifleman. After being forced to kill the rifleman in defense, they kennel the animal and locate the base that the helicopter came from. Among the corpses they find is a disfigured human-like creature with two faces. They bring the corpse to their own camp to examine and during this process the dog they kenneled along with their sled dogs, metamorphoses and attempts to kill the other dogs.

After conducting the autopsy on the alien, Blair, played by Wilford Brimley, realizes the potential threat it poses to civilization. Upon concluding that anyone can become the creature, he begins to isolate himself from the remaining group. Following an encounter with one of the other group metamorphosing, Blair begins to sabotage equipment supposedly to prevent the creature from reaching larger populations.

Kurt Russell's character, MacReady, insists on a blood test that would determine who the alien is. This forces the creature out into the open and is immediately killed alongside one of the other group members by MacReady. Believing there is still another person the alien had assimilated, the fellow researchers come to realize that Blair has also been copied and destroy the base leaving only MacReady and Childs to endure the cold and the wait.

The Thing is a 1982 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1 and a MetaScore of 57.

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The Thing is available to watch, stream, download and buy on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Starz, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent The Thing for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

  • Release Date
    1982
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 49 min
  • Language
    English, Norwegian
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (388,713)
  • Metascore
    57