in about 100 words or less
USA 109m, Colour
Director: John Carpenter; Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, David Clennon, Donald Moffat, Thomas G. Waites, Joel Polis, Peter Maloney, Charles Hallahan, T. K. Carter, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur
The Thing ranks as one of the best science fiction horror films ever made. In a plot similar to Alien (1979), it features an extraterrestrial parasitic creature which is released from thousands of years of hibernation in Antarctic ice to threaten not only those who found it, but the very existence of humanity. After a team of American researchers investigate the remains of a ruined Norwegian camp, they inadvertently become new hosts for the creature – which provides some of the most anxious moments in cinema history, as suspicion and paranoia grow amongst the remaining team members. Based on my own experiences as a researcher who has spent time in an isolated Arctic environment, this is definitely not a good movie to watch just before your upcoming field season (Klaus Ming June 2010).