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Horror-meister John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) teams Kurt Russell’s outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. 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. Once unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.
Howard Hawks's original 1951 production of The Thing from Another World can be glimpsed playing on a TV that fateful October evening in John Carpenter's blockbuster hit, Halloween (1978). A few years later, Carpenter reteamed with his Escape from New York star Kurt Russell to do a remake. But while the first movie version of The Thing was in atmospheric black and white, Carpenter's 1982 version is in widescreen, full color, and features some of the most revoltingly explicit, surreally imaginative special effects (courtesy of FX-meister Rob Bottin) that have ever been seen on the screen. Researchers in the remote Antarctic dig up the remains of a spacecraft that has long been frozen in the ice. But the alien life unthaws and infects the living (not only humans but sled dogs too), living and gestating inside them. (This horrific concept was also explored in the two versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the Alien movies.) This Thing is chilling in every sense of the word, with plenty of terrifying, adrenaline-pumping moments that build it to a powerful and shockingly nihilistic conclusion. It's a harsh and uncompromising movie (hewing more closely to the original 1930s story "Who Goes There?")--so much so that it probably never would have been given a green-light by any studio in the more cautious and doggedly upbeat 1990s. --Jim Emerson
As did my father, he used the words "It was &$@%en weird but fairly entertaining." But on another note, they had good Special Effects technology back in the 70's and 80's. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Matt D
One of my favorite horror movies tbh,its just amazing. It gives no clear ending so we dont know if they made it out alive,and the effects are just wonderful! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bill
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|1 minute more than UK version?||
It probably has to do with films being in the PAL format in the UK, which is a different frame rate. So identical films will often have a slightly different running time in the US and UK. Plus, sometimes the times are indeed rounded up or down, even from release to release in the US.
Mar 18, 2012 by Ross J. Raniere | See all 2 posts
|Why are the reviews pertaining to the remake!?||
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