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The Thing (2011)

Released on 26 March 2012

Featuring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen & Joel Edgerton

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins a Norwegian scientific team in Antarctica that has discovered an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, and an organism that seems to have died in the crash. When an experiment frees the alien, a shape-shifting creature with the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. Paranoia soon spreads like an epidemic as they're infected, one by one, and a thrilling race for survival begins...

The Thing is a prelude to John Carpenter's classic 1982 film of the same name.


  • Region 2/4
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • The Thing Evolves
  • Fire & Ice
  • Feature Commentary with Director Matthijs Van Heijningen and Producer Eric Newman

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 Average rating (15 reviews)

 It's The Thing but not that Thing, but The Thing!

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You know what I loved about the original 1982 John Carpanter's classic was the theme tune BO... BO-BO....BO-BO.
The good thing about This Thing, not that Thing but the new thing is it's a prequel to the old Thing, so the new thing is set before the old Thing that was infact a remake of a older Thing....... if you follow me. So you don't have had to have seen the other Things to have seen this Thing.
The same tension of the 1982 Thing is present as it plays up on the whole anti-trust as the Thing thaws from it's icey tomb to kill and duplicate any of the scientist on the antarctic station. like the 1982 Thing this Thing is also set in the early 80's and mostly is a success with the retro feeling, but unlike The Thing this Thing uses CGI, some is very good, but also some does look fake and resembles something from Resident Evil. The Thing about the 1982 Thing was the brilliant use of make-up and puppets it gave us something real to look at and I guess the 1982 Thing has a leg up over this Thing.
But the film is faithful to it's 1982 movie and has great moments of suspense with a fantastic closing sequence that leaves this Thing with the opening to that Thing. This is a very good prequel that has full respect to the original Thing.... that was set after this Thing.
and if your a fan of The Thing you should definatly see this Thing.
On a down side I can see confusion when renting or purchasing this Thing, you'll end up ringing the supplier complaining that they sent you The Thing but not The Thing,, but the other Thing, you wanted The Thing but not this Thing.... The wrong Thing, and also it would look confusing in you DVD/ Blue ray collection having both The Thing 1982 and The Thing 2011 that's set in 1982...... It's a funny old thing.
See if you like......
The Thing ( not this thing but the other Thing)
Alien.
Aliens.
Frozen.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Assault on Precinct 13.

 It's The Thing but not that Thing, but The Thing!

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You know what I loved about the original 1982 John Carpanter's classic was the theme tune BO... BO-BO....BO-BO.
The good thing about This Thing, not that Thing but the new thing is it's a prequel to the old Thing, so the new thing is set before the old Thing that was infact a remake of a older Thing....... if you follow me. So you don't have had to have seen the other Things to have seen this Thing.
The same tension of the 1982 Thing is present as it plays up on the whole anti-trust as the Thing thaws from it's icey tomb to kill and duplicate any of the scientist on the antarctic station. like the 1982 Thing this Thing is also set in the early 80's and mostly is a success with the retro feeling, but unlike The Thing this Thing uses CGI, some is very good, but also some does look fake and resembles something from Resident Evil. The Thing about the 1982 Thing was the brilliant use of make-up and puppets it gave us something real to look at and I guess the 1982 Thing has a leg up over this Thing.
But the film is faithful to it's 1982 movie and has great moments of suspense with a fantastic closing sequence that leaves this Thing with the opening to that Thing. This is a very good prequel that has full respect to the original Thing.... that was set after this Thing.
and if your a fan of The Thing you should definatly see this Thing.
On a down side I can see confusion when renting or purchasing this Thing, you'll end up ringing the supplier complaining that they sent you The Thing but not The Thing,, but the other Thing, you wanted The Thing but not this Thing.... The wrong Thing, and also it would look confusing in you DVD/ Blue ray collection having both The Thing 1982 and The Thing 2011 that's set in 1982...... It's a funny old thing.
See if you like......
The Thing ( not this thing but the other Thing)
Alien.
Aliens.
Frozen.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Assault on Precinct 13.

 "..GREAT HORROR.."

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This is a fantastic prequel to John carpenters original classic from the 80s, a pleasant surprise for horror fans, an excellent beginning to the story and it keeps well with the original too with beautifully shot locations and sets and very cool visual effects, the creature looks amazing in every form it takes and there is buckets of gore for those who like it. The movie ends where the original starts and even has some of the same score that John carpenter wrote, this is great horror on a good budget and a worthy purchase!!

 fitting prequel

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like many reviewers i was worried that this version of the thing wouldnt do its predecessor from 1982 credit. i was wrong its a fitting prequel and i was very impressed with the attention to detail that ties the 82 version with this one. the film follows the lines of its predecessor in that group of scientist types discover alien that runs riot round the base. it lack the suspense this time round and the thing gets more on screen time, special effects are good tho not brilliant but thats a small gripe, i want to give it a 5 rating but that would make it as good as our classic by john carpenter with kurt russeland it just falls short. just mind. if sci-fi your thing then get this thing.

 a worthy effort

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the 1982 film is my favourite sci fi film ever so i was slightly worried about this prequel spoiling the karma. have to say it was better than i expected. its not as terryfying or suspenseful as the 1982 film but thats not through lack of trying. the fx are pretty good aswell with a decent blend of cgi and make-up. also there are some nice little touches in terms of tying this film into the following events. all in all it would have been so easy to mess this up big-time but the production team have managed to conceive a film that most 'thing' fans will appreciate. nothing will ever top kurt and the boys though.....

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ActorsMary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Jonathan Walker, Kim Bubbs, Stig Henrik Hoff, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Carsten Bjørnlund, Jan Gunnar Røise & Kristofer Hivju
DirectorMatthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Certificate15 years and over
Year2011
ScreenWidescreen 2.40:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesEnglish Audio Description
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; German ; Danish ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Swedish
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 39 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.