The Thing

The Thing (1982)

  • Director: John Carpenter
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  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • Country: USA
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A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Critic Reviews

The menace of the dark polar night and the claustrophobic confines of the base are utilised to raise the fear, tension and paranoia to unbearable heights. This is a creature that doesn't just hide in the dark, but could be your friend, your colleague, or the girl beside you whose hand you are breaking in a terrified vice-like grip.
— The Guardian
Didn't Like
Carpenter's direction is slow, dark, and stately; he seems to be aiming for an enveloping, novelistic kind of effect, but all he gets is heaviness.
— Dave Kehr (Chicago Reader)