The Thing


An American Antarctica expedition takes care of a dog that was hunted by seemingly insane Norwegians; little do they realize that the canine harbors something very alien and deadly. This remake of The Thing From Another World (1951) is closer to the original story and has more interesting themes; many critics thought the gruesome effects went too far, but it is regarded a cult classic. Borderline ridiculous at times, but one can’t help admire makeup whiz Rob Bottin’s creativity and the director keeps a pretty good pace. Very Carpenter-esque score by Ennio Morricone.

1982-U.S. 108 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by John Carpenter. Story: John W. Campbell, Jr. (“Who Goes There?”). Music: Ennio Morricone. Makeup: Rob Bottin, and others. Cast:Kurt Russell (R.J. MacReady), Wilford Brimley (Blair), Richard Dysart (Copper), Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, T.K. Carter.

Trivia: Donald Pleasence was allegedly considered for a role; Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges for the part of MacReady. Followed by a prequel, The Thing (2011).


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