The Thing

The Thing

DVD - 2005 | Collector's ed.
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A research team at a remote research station in Antarctica finds an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has remained buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Unfrozen and unleashed, it creates havoc and terror as it changes forms and becomes one of them.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2005.
Edition: Collector's ed.
ISBN: 9781417010905
1417010908
1417010908
9781417010905
Branch Call Number: DVD THING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 49 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Kurt Russell, Keith David, and the rest of the stellar cast of John Carpenter’s horror classic form an isolated crew of Americans at a research station in Antarctica. Carpenter’s musical score heightens the film’s suspense and devolving relationships. Practical effects enhance the gritty feel of ... Read More »

Creepy unknown monster, and killer score.


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Best horror film ever made, period, end of story.

The Thing was a terrible show. The only good thing about the show were that the transformations were gory but cool. It was kind of suspenseful trying to figure out who was “The Thing” and who wasn’t, but since I hated all of the characters it didn’t really matter. However the acting was terrible, all of the characters are unlikable, so I didn’t feel bad for any of them. Also how the problem wasn’t solved at the start was pretty dumb. Like how hard is it to shoot a dog. Also if someone was trying to shoot it why would they let it into their camp. Also, you would think though after several years together they would be able to ask each other a question about themselves to know who’s who, but apparently not. The ending was like one of the only good parts of the movie because if the show is over I will never have to see the characters again. The alien looked pretty cool though during transformations. Don’t watch bad show.

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richmole
Oct 18, 2018

Good, but not great.

Boy, that Norwegian was a REALLY bad shot...

My headline is "Good but not great" and the kind of questionable stuff I saw in the opening sequence did not heighten the suspense--It made me question the integrity of the direction--maybe even the script. Can it be THAT tough to kill a dog when you're in the helicopter aiming an automatic weapon?? Ans: Yeah, if you want the dog to live and move the plot along... So, the dog's untouched shot after shot after shot...

Other problems: one editing mistake and one direction mistake wrenches a thinking viewer away from the suspense of THE moment when the three (count 'em, three) team members first see the space craft and rappel down for a closer look. I'd get more specific, but will leave it to astute viewers to spot the problems themselves. Bad, bad, bad.

Much ground-breaking care and attention was devoted to the central challenge here: visualizing the alien--and the rationale behind it. Unfortunately, NOWHERE in the dialogue did I find the really significant reason why the Thing continually looks different and goes through so many transformations. I DID hear it on the excellent "making of" documentary--but, unless I missed it (and if I missed it, how many others do?) there's no quick 1-2 line explanation from any of the Antarctic crew. This is a key element that would have given what we see even more credibility.

And it needed credibility. "Less light, less light," the brilliant man responsible for creating the alien's many transformations pleaded when Carpenter was shooting. He simply wanted to ensure we couldn't see the movie-making artifice. Another reason: it's just too, too fantastic to believe, making it bizarre--but not scary enough.

I do appreciate the fact that director John Carpenter latched onto the key component here: trust amongst the team members. Who is real, who is not? Got it. But he kept sidelining the critical suspense issue with those transformational sequences. Creepy? Not so much. Grotesque? Oh, yeah. Is that enough? Not for me. Which is why I say this is a good movie--but not great.

Want a great movie that gives you EVERYTHING? See the new alien feature, A Quiet Place. Ooooh, boy: now that's what I call GREAT.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 06, 2018

This 1982 science/fiction and thriller film is one of the major classics in the horror movie genre. A group of research scientists in Antarctica suddenly are under attack, and end up with a dog. To their surprise, the dog begins to attack others and shape-shifts into its victims. The scientists must try and figure out what this thing is and what it wants before it is too late. This movie is a horror classic because it focuses so much more on what is right in front of it instead of the concept of a ghost or something else. The special effects aren’t perfect and neither is the acting, but it is a horror movie that is tame enough for most people to enjoy. I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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section31
Sep 12, 2018

Normally I find that remakes are terrible but I think this film is excellent. It has a well done plot and the acting is good. This is not really a remake but a reimagining of the original movie. The book that it is based on is also worth reading.

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BOOBOO6669
Sep 04, 2018

please get more copies

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RoyalJellyIII
Aug 01, 2018

John Carpenter's sci-fi horror classic- worth watching.

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Soyghurt
Jul 26, 2018

One of the best alien films ever made- not in profoundly deep thoughtful sense [like CONTACT (1997, Carl Sagan", or "The Arrival" (1996) or "Arrival" (2016)], but rather, for the very realistic way characters react to their situation. They quickly grasp their situation, unlike most characters in alien encounter flicks.

Some people call this horror, but it's just as accurate to call it science fiction. And it's pretty good science fiction at that. There are no big plot holes or physics failures here.

In every what I can think of, this film holds up decades later. Even the special FX hold up. It's fun, and is one of the few films you can watch over the years and still enjoy every time.

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RosyHorror
May 11, 2018

Similarly to The Shining, this film gets under your skin early on and not once does the tension let up. Essential for any fan of horror or science fiction movies.

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patch666
Nov 16, 2017

Classic !!!!!!! 420

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JihadiConservative
Sep 02, 2016

Violence: One of the most graphic, gory, gross, squelchy vomit worthy movies ever made. Even in 2016. Not for the squeamish. Even non sensitive people will skip eating for a few days!

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ManMachine
May 15, 2014

Violence: The alien-thing in its transformations gets pretty violent.

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ManMachine
May 15, 2014

Coarse Language: This film's dialogue is spiced with plenty of profanity.

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ManMachine
May 15, 2014

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