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Members of an American scientific research outpost in Antarctica find themselves battling a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its victims. They soon discover that this task will be harder than they thought, as they don't know which members of the team have already been assimilated and their paranoia threatens to tear them apart.
Man is The Warmest Place to Hide.
Also Known As:
John Carpenter's The Thing
Title: Thing, The
Release Date: June 25, 1982
Runtime: 109 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, Norwegian
Sound: Dolby, 70 mm 6-Track
IMDB Rating: 8.2
Brimstone Pit Rating: 9 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T
MPAA Rating: R
Kurt Russell ...R.J. MacReady
Wilford Brimley ...Dr. Blair (as A. Wilford Brimley)
T.K. Carter ...Nauls
David Clennon ...Palmer
Keith David ...Childs
Richard Dysart ...Dr. Copper
Charles Hallahan ...Vance Norris
Peter Maloney ...George Bennings
Richard Masur ...Clark
Donald Moffat ...Garry
Joel Polis ...Fuchs
Thomas G. Waites ...Windows (as Thomas Waites)
Norbert Weisser ...Norwegian
Larry J. Franco ...Norwegian Passenger with Rifle (as Larry Franco)
Nate Irwin ...Helicopter Pilot
William Zeman ...Pilot
Adrienne Barbeau ...Computer (voice)
John Carpenter ...Norwegian (video footage)
Jed ...Dog Thing
Larry J. Franco
John W. Campbell Jr.
The Thing Horror Film Trailer 1
"ONE CHAIN DON'T MAKE NO PRISON"
More Movie Taglines:
- Man is The Warmest Place to Hide.
- Look closely at your neighbours. Don't trust anybody. [UK video box]
- The ultimate in alien terror.
- Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!
Clark: I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.
Childs: The explosions set the temperatures up all over the camp. But it won't last long though. MacReady: When these fires go out, neither will we. Childs: How will we make it? MacReady: Maybe we shouldn't. Childs: Look, if you're worried about me... MacReady: Nah. If we've got any surprises for each other, I don't think either one of us is in much shape to do anything about it.
[last lines] Childs: What do we do now? MacReady: Why don't we just wait here for a little while... see what happens...
MacReady: I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won.
- The film was originally banned when released in Finland.
The original movie, The Thing from Another World (1951), took place at the North Pole. This version takes place at the South Pole.
Donald Pleasence was the original choice for the character of Blair. Pleasence was unable to perform the role due to a scheduling conflict.
At the beginning of the film the Norwegian with the rifle is the second unit director and associate producer as well as Kurt Russell's (then) brother-in-law, Larry J. Franco. According to John Carpenter, on the commentary track, Franco is not speaking Norwegian but making up the dialog. "Schmergsdorf" as Carpenter puts it. The subtitles, however, give the impression he is speaking Norwegian. The words spoken are actually understandable for Norwegians. Albeit broken Norwegian, the line goes: "Se til helvete og kom dere vekk. Det er ikke en bikkje, det er en slags ting! Det imiterer en bikkje, det er ikke virkelig! KOM DERE VEKK IDIOTER!!" This translates to: "Get the hell outta there. That's not a dog, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a dog, it isn't real! GET AWAY YOU IDIOTS!!"
The Norwegian dog in the film was named Jed. He was a half wolf/half husky breed. Jed was an excellent animal actor, never looking at the camera, the dolly or the crew members. Jed, however, is NOT the dog seen in the beginning chase scene, where the Norwegian is trying shoot him. Per Carpenter's commentary, this was another dog painted to look like Jed.
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