The Thing
The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter's The Thing is both a remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 film of the same name and a re-adaptation of the John W. Campbell Jr. story "Who Goes There?" on which it was based. Carpenter's film is more faithful… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score
83%
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92%



Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Grimmer and more terrifying than the 1950s take, John Carpenter's The Thing is a tense sci-fi thriller rife with compelling tension and some remarkable make-up effects.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Carpenter's direction is slow, dark, and stately; he seems to be aiming for an enveloping, novelistic kind of effect, but all he gets is heaviness.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Because this material has been done before, and better, especially in the original The Thing and Alien, there's no need to see this version.

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Rob Vaux
Cinema-stache

Carpenter uses Bottin's effects to release the tension... which lets them hit all that much harder. But he didn't need special effects to find the real horror in the scenario.

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Variety Staff
Variety

If it's the most vividly guesome monster ever to stalk the screen that audiences crave, then The Thing is the thing. On all other levels, however, John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 sci-fi classic comes as a letdown.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Carpenter has demonstrated that he can make good, comparatively plain, old-fashioned scare movies and effective suspense thrillers, but he seems to lose his own head when he combines two or more genres, as he [does here].

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

The Thing is set in an all-male environment, and is as much a study of masculinity in crisis as an update of the sort of siege scenario that Carpenter had already played out in Assault on Precinct 13.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Russell's sub-Eastwood heroics hardly compensate for the absence of all characterisation, while Bill Lancaster's script boasts the most illogical climax any monster movie ever had.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

This is one of those rare remakes that remains faithful to the premise of the original but does something unique with the concept.

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Andrew Pollard
Starburst

What really is there left to say about John Carpenter's The Thing? A true genre classic from 1982, the film is an all-time favourite of many and often cited as a sci-fi horror masterclass.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
I finally got round to seeing this after hearing it being talked about as one of the best horror films ever made and a timeless classic. It is very good, it has… More
Phil Hubbs
Total remake of an old horror/sci-fi film using an age old idea/fear of an alien creature infiltrating a human base and then humans themselves...its suppose to… More
Jens S.
Carptenter's horror classic is still one of the most drastically gory films of all times. Sure, the splatter effects did not age well, but some of them… More
xGary Xx
A scientific research station in the Antarctic is seemingly attacked by researchers from a nearby settlement, but things are not quite as they seem...The Thing… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Helped by an evocative score and by astounding make-up and special effects, this gruesome sci-fi thriller is suspenseful and creates a highly claustrophobic… More
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