The Thing

The Thing

Director: Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen

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An American paleontologist and a team of Norwegian scientists fight for their lives against a shape-shifting extraterrestrial that can perfectly mimic any living creature in this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic. Upon receiving word that the Antarctic research team has unearthed an alien craft, paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins the group to explore what secrets the ship might hold. Though by Kate's estimation the creature inside the spaceship has been dead for centuries, it has actually just been lying dormant in the ice. Perfectly preserved, it has awaited the day when it would finally be freed from its frigid prison; now, after eons of lying in wait, that day has finally come. Suddenly revived during a crucial experiment, the malevolent alien begins methodically mimicking each member of the crew undetected. By the time Kate realizes the frightening implications of the creature's unique ability, it may already be too late. As paranoia among the crew begins to intensify, it's up to Kate and the crew's helicopter pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to make sure the extraterrestrial menace is exterminated before it has the opportunity to escape -- for, should it manage to make its way to a heavily populated area, humanity's days may be numbered. Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. makes his feature directorial debut from a script by Eric Heisserer and Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2012
UPC: 0025192072789
Original Release: 2011
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 6,773

Special Features

Deleted/extended scenes; The Thing evolves; Fire & ice; Feature commentary with director Matthijs van Heijningen and producer Eric Newman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Kate Lloyd
Joel Edgerton Braxton Carter
Ulrich Thomsen Dr. Sander Halvorson
Eric Christian Olsen Adam Goldman
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Jameson
Paul Braunstein Griggs
Trond Espen Seim Edvard Wolner
Kim Bubbs Juliette
Jørgen Langhelle Lars
Jan Gunnar Røise Olav
Stig Henrik Hoff Peder
Kristofer Hivju Jonas
Jo Adrian Haavind Henrik
Carsten Bjornlund Karl
Jonathan Lloyd Walker Colin
Ole Martin Aune Nilsen Matias (Heli Pilot)
Michael Brown Security Guard

Technical Credits
Matthijs Van Heijningen Director
Marc Abraham Producer
Michel Abramowicz Cinematographer
Jeff Authors Asst. Director
Patrick Bannister Art Director
Tim Barraball Special Effects Supervisor
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Peter Boyle Editor
Denise Chamian Casting
Julian Clarke Editor
J. Miles Dale Executive Producer
David Foster Executive Producer
Angela Demo Casting
Amalgamated Dynamics Makeup Special Effects
Image Engine Animator
Alec Gillis Makeup Special Effects
Sean Haworth Production Designer
Eric Heisserer Screenwriter
Gabrielle Neimand Executive Producer
Eric Newman Producer
Luis M. Sequeira Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Steel Animator
Lawrence Turman Executive Producer
Tom Woodruff Makeup Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thing
1. Chapter 1 [4:31]
2. Chapter 2 [6:19]
3. Chapter 3 [3:49]
4. Chapter 4 [2:24]
5. Chapter 5 [3:33]
6. Chapter 6 [4:29]
7. Chapter 7 [7:39]
8. Chapter 8 [5:16]
9. Chapter 9 [4:56]
10. Chapter 10 [8:12]
11. Chapter 11 [3:57]
12. Chapter 12 [4:51]
13. Chapter 13 [4:47]
14. Chapter 14 [5:05]
15. Chapter 15 [:16]
16. Chapter 16 [4:24]
17. Chapter 17 [6:18]
18. Chapter 18 [3:47]
19. Chapter 19 [5:44]
20. Chapter 20 [4:25]

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The Thing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This prequel honors the original - both in story and in special effects. The original was purely animatronics. This one used modern animatronics, and CGI's. It often blends the two flawlessly. The Thing is the same character as the original. The audience only gets a vague idea of the form it was in aboard the ship. It's mainly shown in human form, or mutated human form. The audience watches as massive teeth and claws emerge from seemingly normal human forms, but the terror of the Thing isn't just the shape shifting ability. It's clear that every brain function is cloned - including memories, mental capacities, and emotions. But the audience has to wonder if the Thing does more than copy/mimic. What's most terrifying is the possibility that it's victims aren't actually dead, that their spirits are trapped within the Thing. The audience sees the ship discovered by accident. Then the Thing is dug up, and taken to the base. Then the alien awakes and attacks people. The fear and paranoia matches the original, no way of knowing whose alien or not. These people never find a way to prove who is alien, only a test that proves who is certainly human. The climax is powerful and thrilling. Afterwards almost everyone was dead, the ship was destroyed, and the only piece of the Thing remaining was a dog. The few survivors grabbed guns and chased it in a helicopter. The end of this movie, is the opening of the original.
InnocenceDiesAbbyDosent More than 1 year ago
This movie is just as good as John Carpenter's. It is a prequel because the end to this is the beginning of carpenter's! ITS AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! I have the original Thing classic so was hoping this edition would live up to the 'franchise'. And yes Ms. Molly it did. Good solid creepy story in a very isloated setting; the CG effects added a new element and was not overblown like it could have. Had to watch the Carpenter movie following this. A great combo!