It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Blair (as A. Wilford Brimley)
Windows (as Thomas Waites)
Norwegian Passenger with Rifle (as Larry Franco)
Nate Irwin ...


A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed and attacked by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They appeared to be trying to kill one of the dogs from the US base. Having dealt with the threat, the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate. Written by grantss

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Release Date:

25 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's The Thing  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,107,897 (USA) (2 July 1982)


$13,782,838 (USA)

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In the close up shot of the United States National Science Institute Station 4 sign, a 'Smokey the Bear' sign can be seen. See more »


(at around 7 mins) Norwegian pulls the same grenade out of the box twice. See more »


Dr. Blair: Clark?
Clark: Yeah?
Dr. Blair: Did you notice anything strange about the dog? Anything at all?
Clark: Strange? No.
Dr. Blair: What was the dog doing in the rec room?
Clark: I don't know. It's just wondering around camp all day.
Dr. Blair: Are you sayin' to me the dog wasn't put in the kennel until last night?
Clark: Right.
Dr. Blair: How long were you alone with that dog?
Clark: I don't know. An hour... hour-and-a-half maybe. What the hell you looking at me like that for?
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Music by Billie Holiday (uncredited)
Lyrics by Arthur Herzog Jr. (uncredited)
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of MCA Records
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One of the best scary films I've seen
11 August 1998 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Hitting the video store late on a Saturday when all of the current films were unavailable, we ran across The Thing in the "classic" racks. I've seen this film at least twice before and truly enjoyed seeing it again. If it lacks plot or character development, the premise is frightening enough to make it an engrossing film. The gross-out special effects don't hurt either. For me, The Thing ranks with Alien as one of the best scary films I 've seen.

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