The Thing
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The Thing

May 04, 2024

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In John Carpenter's marvel of gross-out practical effects, a shapeshifting alien lifeform infiltrates a team of American scientists stationed in Antarctica.

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Isolated in the unforgiving, icy terrain of Antarctica, a team of scientists encounter an extraterrestrial organism that can take the form of its prey. Any one of them could be "infected" (viewers will note the language of contagion in this film takes on an added layer of unease now) and may be the monster in disguise. 

Led by Kurt Russell and elevated by the uncanny practical effects of Rob Bottin and Sam Winston, John Carpenter's classic of paranoia and monstrosity holds up 40 years later as a tense psychological thriller and a landmark achievement in outrageous, otherworldly creature design.

D: John Carpenter, US, 1982, 1h49m

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