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A team of scientists at a remote Antarctic outpost discover a buried spaceship with an unwelcome alien survivor still alive. Bombastic special effects overwhelm the suspense and the solid cast. Less a remake of the 1951 science fiction classic than a more faithful version of John Campbell's short story "Who Goes There?," since the seeds/spores take on human shapes.

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Available on Running time 109 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Sci Fi, Cold Spots, Adapted from a Story, Alien Beings--Vicious, Science & Scientists, Special FX Extravaganzas, Special FX Extravaganzas: Make-Up, Special FX Wizards: Rob Bottin, Aliens Are People, Too, Director/Star Teams: Carpenter & Russell
Screenplay
Bill Lancaster
Cast
Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, Richard Masur, Keith David, Richard Dysart, David Clennon, Donald Moffat, Thomas G. Waites, Charles Hallahan
Cinematography
Dean Cundey
Director
John Carpenter
Music
Ennio Morricone
Producer
Mark Huffam

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The Thing
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Nicholle

This is a totally awesome movie and Kurt Russell does an excellent job as a helicopter pilot named R.J. MacReady who works at a U.S. research station in the Antarctic. One very cold and snowy day in the winter of 1982 the research team is stunned to see a Malamute dog running because a Norweigan helicopter is shooting at him and screaming at the crew in Norweigan. Unfortunately no one knows what they are saying. Since all radio communications are cut off from the snow storms and winds, MacReady and Dr. Cooper decide to fly over to the Norweigan camp to see what is going on. Upon their arrival they found the entire camp vacant except for a few people that have died. They do see that the Norweigan's had dug something out of the ice and also tried to burn a strange looking creature. They bring the creature back to camp so Dr. Blair can do an autopsy. In the meantime, the dog has been running around the camp and when MacReady finds out he tells Clark to lock him up in the kennel with the rest of the dogs. Then every dog starts barking they all run in to see what is going on and they see the malamute turned into a strange looking creature and killing one of the dogs. This creature takes on life forms of whatever it kills. Dr. Blair runs tests and concludes that the probability of the crew not getting attacked by the creature is 0 percent. All crew members become paranoid and a lot of bad things happen. The ending isn't what you would expect from this great thriller with a well known cast!

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Nicholle

This is a totally awesome movie and Kurt Russell does an excellent job as a helicopter pilot named R.J. MacReady who works at a U.S. research station in the Antarctic. One very cold and snowy day in the winter of 1982 the research team is stunned to see a Malamute dog running because a Norweigan helicopter is shooting at him and screaming at the crew in Norweigan. Unfortunately no one knows what they are saying. Since all radio communications are cut off from the snow storms and winds, MacReady and Dr. Cooper decide to fly over to the Norweigan camp to see what is going on. Upon their arrival they found the entire camp vacant except for a few people that have died. They do see that the Norweigan's had dug something out of the ice and also tried to burn a strange looking creature. They bring the creature back to camp so Dr. Blair can do an autopsy. In the meantime, the dog has been running around the camp and when MacReady finds out he tells Clark to lock him up in the kennel with the rest of the dogs. Then every dog starts barking they all run in to see what is going on and they see the malamute turned into a strange looking creature and killing one of the dogs. This creature takes on life forms of whatever it kills. Dr. Blair runs tests and concludes that the probability of the crew not getting attacked by the creature is 0 percent. All crew members become paranoid and a lot of bad things happen. The ending isn't what you would expect from this great thriller with a well known cast!