The Thing

The Thing (1982)

Genres - Horror, Mystery-Suspense, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Body Horror Film, Monster Film  |   Release Date - Jun 25, 1982  |   Run Time - 109 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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The Thing (also known as John Carpenter's The Thing) is a 1982 American science-fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them. The Thing infiltrates an Antarctic research station, taking the appearance of the researchers that it absorbs, and paranoia develops within the group.

The film is based on John W. Campbell, Jr.'s novella Who Goes There?, which was more loosely adapted by Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby as the 1951 film The Thing from Another World. Carpenter considers The Thing to be the first part of his Apocalypse Trilogy, followed by Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness. Although the films are narratively unrelated, each features a potentially apocalyptic scenario; should "The Thing" ever reach civilization, it would be only a matter of time before it consumes all life on Earth. Carpenter acknowledged that the work of H.P. Lovecraft also inspired the film.

On June 25, 1982, The Thing opened in 840 theaters, and it was the #8 movie of the week at the box office. It remained in the top 10 for three weeks. The lower-than-expected performance has been attributed to many factors, including Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which was also released by Universal Studios around the same time and featured a more optimistic view of alien visitation, and another popular science fiction film, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, being released on the same day. However, The Thing went on to gain a cult following. The film was eventually reappraised by critics, and is now considered to be one of the greatest horror films ever made. The film subsequently spawned a novelization in 1982; a comic book miniseries adaptation, entitled The Thing from Another World, published by Dark Horse Comics in 1991; a video game sequel, also titled The Thing, in 2002; and a prequel film with the same title on October 14, 2011.

Movie Info

Budget

$15,000,000

Box Office

$19,862,346

Tags

Alien, Another World, Antarctica, Body Horror, Carpenter, Creature, Cult, Cult Film, Film Based On Literature, Ice, John Alden Carpenter, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Mutation, Norwegian, Paranoia, Remake, Research Station, Snow Storm, Snowstorm, Space/Aliens, Spacecraft, Supernatural/Monsters

Attributes

Based On: Who Goes There?
Filming Location: British Columbia
Narrative Location: Antarctica
Subject: alien invasion, extraterrestrial life, flying saucer, monster movies

Alternate Titles

A Coisa
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A dolog
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A valami
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Coś
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Creatura
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Das Ding aus einer anderen Welt
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Det grusomme udefra
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El enigma de otro mundo
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Ha-Davar
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John Carpenter's The Thing
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L'effroyable chose
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La chose
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La cosa
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La cosa (El enigma de otro mundo)
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La cosa de otro mundo
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La cosa del otro mundo
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O Enigma de Outro Mundo
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Object from Planet X
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Padaras
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Quái Vật Biến Hình
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Radījums
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Şey
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Stvor
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The Thing
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The Thing - 'se' jostakin
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Tingen fra en annen verden
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Tvor
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Věc
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Vec
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Veio do Outro Mundo
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Yuuseikara no Buutai X
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Η απειλή
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Нечто
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Нещото
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Створ
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Щось
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چیز
IR
द थिंग
IN
怪形
CN, HK
突變第三型
TW
遊星からの物体X
JP
괴물
KR
더 씽
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