Questions tagged [the-thing]

1982 American horror movie directed by John Carpenter about an Antarctic research station that gets infested by a human-morphing alien creature and the ensuing paranoia among its inhabitants. Based on the novella Who Goes There? and its earlier adaptation The Thing from Another World by Howard Hawks.

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Is the creature in “The Thing” a single creature?

I have just finished the 1982 film "The Thing" and it left me feeling very confused. How many "Things" were there in the film? As far as I understand it the filmmakers tried to explain it as a virus ...
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What happened at the end of The Thing (1982)?

This is a spoiler. At the end of The Thing (1982), MacReady and Childs sit together. It is not clear if either or none of them is the Thing at this point. I assume it is clear that not both of them ...
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Infection timelines of John Carpenter's The Thing

The paranoia and uncertainty in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) is so well constructed that there is still no consensus on who gets infected, or even when some people do. The thing I really like ...
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John Carpenter's The Thing - What were the lights?

In The Thing, there's a scene where Dr. Blair, played by Wilford Brimley, is examining what I believe is the first half-alien, half-human victim. The scene switches to showing the harsh weather ...
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What is this dog really biting in The Thing?

In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), when the infected dog is transforming and scaring the crap out of the other dogs, one of them jumps up and bites the chain link fence. It happens a couple of ...
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Does The Thing have human intelligence?

We see that, in John Carpenter's The Thing (and the later prequel movie), that the titular creature is able to assimilate animals such as humans and dogs, and behave exactly like the victim of the ...
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Why did Ennio Morricone write the soundtrack of “The Thing” (1982) instead of John Carpenter?

There is something I have always found odd about the soundtrack of John Carpenter's 1982 version of "The Thing". It has a very atmospheric and fitting, subtle synthesizer soundtrack, which is indeed ...