In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. The form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.
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Rotten: 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.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Rotten: 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.
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006
Fresh: This is one of those rare remakes that remains faithful to the premise of the original but does something unique with the concept.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Thursday, July 1, 1982
Worth the five stars just for Rob Bottin's amazing FX work that to this day still hasn't been topped but upon repeat viewings I've come to appreciate the film even moreso for its pessimistic and paranoid themes.
- thefog1331, Wednesday, October 27, 2010
"You think that thing wanted to be an animal? No dogs make it a thousand miles through the cold! No, you don't understand! That thing wanted to be US!" I'm definitely going to see the upcoming prequel of The Thing (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, 'nuff said) so I thought that it would be wise to see the 80's remake (the original movie came out in the 50's) before hand. And I'm glad I did. It may be a little dated by today's standards, but it's still a solid exercise in paranoia-fueled monster movies. An isolated Antarctic research station on the cusp of polar winter becomes a battleground for a handful of people and a terrifying alien. One that has a unique ability that quickly causes the humans to not be able to trust one another. They have to remain on the lookout for danger from their fellow humans, as well as the creature. The two aspects of The Thing that are most worthy of mention are the gory and impressive special effects, and the believable tension between the actors as they realize that there is no one they can trust but themselves. The creature design for the Thing truly is memorable, and if you have an aversion to copious amount of blood or tentacles, this will be a nightmare for you. The dynamics between the characters is what most of the story focuses on, and without that, this would just be a mindless movie about people being killed. But instead, it almost becomes a race between the viewer and the characters to figure out who is a threat and who (if anyone) might survive this whole thing. Pretty cool. I think if you're a fan of movies like Alien, you'll like this. It doesn't quite have the timelessness of that movie, and it's not quite as frightening, but there's a similar vibe that the two share. If the upcoming prequel is at least as good as this one, it'll be worth watching.
- lewiskendell, Tuesday, August 17, 2010
There are no real performances in "The Thing", the iconic sci-fi horror film from the 80s, but there is a hell of a lot of great gore. The insane special effects still hold up well today and the plot is a gripping exercise in paranoia and claustrophobia. What it's lacking in characterization, it makes up for in spades with Kurt Russell being cool and some really affecting scares. (Plus, how can you go wrong with a tagline like: "Man is the warmest place to hide")
- stevenecarrier, Sunday, July 4, 2010