After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate. Written by
While burning the creatures might destroy the outside cells of what they were imitating, it would do nothing to destroy the cells on the interiors of the body. In fact, the body would act as an "insulator" protecting the inner cells from the excessive heat. Doc would have realized that and made mention of it. See more »
Right up there with "Halloween"--one of Carpenter's best!
Remake of the classic 1951 "The Thing From Another World". 12 men are
in a completely isolated station in Antartica. They are invaded by a
thing from outer space--it devours and completely duplicates anything
it chooses to. It starts off as a dog but gets loose--and has a chance
to duplicate any of the men. Soon, nobody trusts anyone else--they're
isolated--the radio is destroyed--their helicopter likewise. What are
they going to do?
The 1951 film had the thing just be a big, super human monster. That
movie was scary. This one is too--but the story is different (and based
more closely on the source material--the novelette "Who Goes There?")
and it's scary in a different way. The movie starts right off with
Ennio Morricone's extremely eerie score setting just the right tone
and--when the Thing gets attacked--the amount of gore is astounding.
There's blood and body parts flying all over--arms are bitten off,
heads detach and--in the strongest one--one man is devoured face first
by the Thing. The gore effects are STRONG and real nightmare material.
I don't scare easy but I had to sleep with the lights on when I saw
this originally back in 1982. Rob Bottin's effects are just
incredible--how this picture got by with an R rating is beyond me!
It also has a very creepy feel--gore aside, it is very suspenseful.
You're not sure who is what and Carpenter's direction and the score
really build up the tension. One complaint--no one is given any
distinctive personality traits. They actors just remain straight-faced
and say their lines. That's annoying...but the movie still works.
This was a critical and commercial disaster in 1982--it competed with
"E.T." and MANY critics complained about the amount of gore and there
being no female characters in the movie. It's now considered one of
John Carpenter's best. A must-see...for strong stomaches. NOT a date
An amusing note: When this was released Universal sent a note along
with all prints of the film. They suggested to theatre owners that they
play the film in an auditorium near the rest rooms. They were afraid
that people would be so sickened by the violence that they'd have to be
close to a facility to throw up!
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