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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. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead).
It's not human. Yet.
Also Known As:
Untitled The Thing Prequel
Title: Thing, The
Release Date: October 14, 2011
Runtime: 103 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Languages: English, Norwegian
Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T
MPAA Rating: R
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ...Kate Lloyd
Joel Edgerton ...Sam Carter
Ulrich Thomsen ...Dr. Sander Halvorson
Eric Christian Olsen ...Adam Goodman
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 Bjørnlund ...Karl
Jonathan Walker ...Colin (as Jonathan Lloyd Walker)
Ole Martin Aune Nilsen ...Matias (Heli Pilot)
Michael Brown ...Security Guard
J. Miles Dale
John W. Campbell Jr.
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- Dennis StorhÃ¸i was cast as Sander but pulled out of production due to personal reasons. He was replaced by Ulrich Thomsen.
The producers convinced Universal Studios to allow them to create a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing instead of a remake, as they felt Carpenter's film was already perfect, so making a remake would be like "painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa". However, the prequel still has the title of the original film, because they couldn't think of a subtitle (for example, "The Thing: Begins") that sounded good.
This is a prequel to a remake of an adaptation of the novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell Jr., published in 1938.
It is rumored that at the end of the film, MacReady and Childs will appear again while being rescued.
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