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The Thing [VHS]

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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, T.K. Carter
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: Bill Lancaster, John W. Campbell Jr.
  • Producers: David Foster, Larry J. Franco, Lawrence Turman, Stuart Cohen, Wilbur Stark
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Norwegian
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: March 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,603 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300182878
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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


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