The Thing from Another World
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The scene is a distant Arctic research station, where a UFO has crashed. The investigating scientists discover that the circular craft has melted its way into the ice, which has frozen up again. While attempting to recover the ship, Captain Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) accidentally explodes the vessel, but the pilot -- at least, what seems to be the pilot -- remains frozen in a block of ice. The body is taken to base headquarters, where it is inadvertently thawed out by an electric blanket. The alien attacks the soldier guarding him and escapes into the snowy wastes. An attack dog rips off… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Set the template for a decade of alien invasions."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The overall message of The Thing emerges as distinctly hawkish. Reactionary or not, though, it's still a masterpiece."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Perhaps the most famous shot of the movie is also one of head-slapping irrelevance."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"classic, though it didn't impress me really that much"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Howard Hawks only produced this classic scary sci-fi feature, but it has his signature touches all over it: overlapping dialogue, smooth storytelling, compressed time and space."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The resourcefulness shown in building the plot groundwork is lacking as the yarn gets into full swing. Cast members, headed by Margaret Sheridan and Kenneth Tobey, fail to communicate any real terror."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Even though the thing doesn't begin to make its presence felt till near the halfway point... the simple act of watching men discuss strategy ends up being terrifically absorbing."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Lively science fiction film, with dubious politics."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A perfect popcorn movie."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"All-time classic sci-fi still packs creepy wallop."
‑ Steve Crum,
"The film has more frissons than most of today's mega-budget productions, simply because it has the grace to construct a meaningful situation and coherent characters."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's still a very harrowing and action packed horror film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A solid, workmanlike film that holds up better than one would expect."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Rather than Nyby, producer Howard Hawks is often credited for the direction of this sci-fi landmark, which features Hollywood's first space-age monster in a decade invaded by Cold War-era aliens."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"This taut and entertaining thriller is to The Day the Earth Stood Still what Alien is to Star Trek, or the Rolling Stones to the Beatles."
‑ Mark Bourne,
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