The Thing from Another World
The Thing from Another World (1951)

This film is set at a distant Arctic missile base, where a UFO has crashed. The frozen body of the pilot is taken to base headquarters, where it is inadvertently thawed out. The alien escapes into the snowy wastes and proceeds to wreak… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1951
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As flying saucer movies go, The Thing From Another World is better than most, thanks to well-drawn characters and concise, tense plotting.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Set the template for a decade of alien invasions.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The overall message of The Thing emerges as distinctly hawkish. Reactionary or not, though, it's still a masterpiece.

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Rob Humanick

Perhaps the most famous shot of the movie is also one of head-slapping irrelevance.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Lively science fiction film, with dubious politics.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's still a very harrowing and action packed horror film...

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

A solid, workmanlike film that holds up better than one would expect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
The legendary director Howard Hawks was both an uncredited co-writer and co-director for this above average B-movie (which has subsequently spawned two… More
Michael Gildea
I wasn't as thrilled with The Thing From Another World the first time I saw it. I still like John Carpenter's version better but they're two… More
KJ Proulx
As a group of scientists travel into the arctic regions on a normal investigation, which turns into one of the greatest discoveries in the history of mankind.… More
Aj V
Maybe the "Thing" looks like a guy wearing a silly costume, maybe there aren't any stars in this movie, and maybe it's not about anything… More
Jim Hunter
An alien monster is thawed and attacks a group of military officers and scientists in the arctic. What I like about this classic horror film is the logical… More
Conner Rainwater
A classic and a gem among 50s Sci-Fi. Howard Hawks took the idea of a creature feature and gave it a glamorous treatment. The script is brilliant, completely… More

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