Movie review ‘The Thing 1982 & 2011’


John Carpenter’s The Thing 1982
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • With: Kurt Russell, Wildord Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, Charles Hallahan
  • Music by: Ennio Morricone
  • Based upon the novella ‘Who goes there? by John W. Campbell Jr.
  • Duration: 1h49
  • My rating: 9,5/10
  • Mid- or post-credit scene: no


A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.


This is the perfect classic, one I get the pleasure of rewatching once in a while. In perfect Carpenter style, this (now cult) movie is a genuine science-fiction horrormovie.

It has one of my favourite movie soundtracks by Ennio Morricone, eerie and really scary.

The setting of the Antarctic base, isolated from any contact, adds to the ominous atmosphere of the movie.

And then there are the special effects for 1982!!! Carpenter knew to hire the right people for the creatures and the abominations that The Thing created. (He did the same for Christine!)

This is thé perfect sci-fi horror movie!


The Thing prequel (2011)
  • Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
  • With: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ulrich Thomsen, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen, Kim Bubbs, Kristofer Hisvju
  • Music by: Marco Beltrami
  • Duration: 1h43
  • My rating: 8,5/10
  • Mid- or post-credit scene: yes, during credits there’s scene leading into the Carpenter movie


At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.


For once a prequel to a movie that doesn’t suck! Actually, the same elements from the first movie (the remake of The Thing from another world from the fifties) were back, but this time with a female main protagonist (a Ripley kind of badass woman played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and this is the story about what happened on the Norwegian base, the one visited by the main characters in the original movie)

The creature they find outside, in the first movie , with the merged heads… the axe in the door panel… the ship… and of course, the dog… all references we see again in this one!

Great acting, the same eerie atmosphere and the not trusting… and of course, gruesome creatures…

And have I heard there would be a sequel someday? Maybe this is a franchise that cán handle a sequel?

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