The Thing

altRelease Date: October 14, 2011
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Matthijs Van Heijningen
Screenwriter: Ronald Moore, Eric Heissere
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Jonathan Lloyd Walker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Olsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Paul Braunstein, Trond Espen Selm, Jorgen Langhelle
Genre: Horror
MPAArating: R (for strong creature violence and gore)
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Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.

When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name.


News and Reviews

Video Proof ADI Created Practical Creatures for The Thing
A very cool video posted by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. – the FX house behind this year’s The Thing prequel – takes you inside their workshop for a revealing, insightful look at how some of the creatures were created.  When the film was released in October, it took a bit of a lambasting for its excessive use of CGI.  But as the video inside shows, there was an effort to create a practical “Thing” before it was augmented with CGI.  Beware, though, there are spoilers…including a look at the eponymous intergalactic being in “pilot” form.
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