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Year
1982
Runtime
109 min.
Director
John Carpenter
Genres
Mystery, Horror, sci_fi
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
268,001
Checks
38,910
Favs
3,605
Dislikes
184
Favs/checks
9.3% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
20:1
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  1. dirte_lawndre's avatar

    dirte_lawndre

    Awesome movie and the overall atmosphere is great. The characters paranoia and mistrust with each another is really compelling viewing. 4 years 11 months ago
  2. stefenemie's avatar

    stefenemie

    Those who can't understand the slow build have been subjected to MTV culture and wouldn't know a good movie if it slapped them in the face. 5 years 6 months ago
  3. Zeltaebar's avatar

    Zeltaebar

    I used to own The Thing on VHS and watched it many times. I considered it to be one of my absolute favourite movies. I was young then, just turned twenty perhaps, and it is deeply mysterious to me that watching it now, more than ten years past, I can't seem to get as much into it as I used to. It is not the familiarity of it, as I didn't remember who turns when or any of that, but there is some vital ingredient missing, which didn't bother me when I was younger. Perhaps it is the lack of character development. I must have seen this movie a dozen times or more and I still can't remember any characters traits or mannerisms, or even their names except Kurt Russel's MacReady. The special effects are still impressive, the somber Morricone score still lends atmosphere and John Carpenter certainly knows how to stage memorable scenes and how to build tension. A good movie to be sure, and every horror buff owns it to themself to see this one at least once, but it was not the masterpiece I remembered from days gone by. 1 year 10 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #4 in Horror
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  2. This movie ranks #7 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
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  3. This movie ranks #19 in 1980s
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  4. This movie ranks #21 in Sci-fi
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  5. This movie ranks #22 in Mystery
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  6. This movie ranks #23 in The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
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  7. This movie ranks #73 in Reddit top 250
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  8. This movie ranks #78 in Quentin Tarantino's Coolest Movies of All Time
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  9. This movie ranks #81 in MovieSense 101
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  10. This movie ranks #81 in 100 Science Fiction Films (BFI Screen Guide)
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  11. This movie ranks #83 in FilmTotaal top 100
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  12. This movie ranks #171 in Top 250
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  13. This movie ranks #186 in 501 Must See Movies
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  14. This movie ranks #288 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  15. This movie ranks #289 in Empire 500
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  16. This movie ranks #321 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  17. This movie ranks #477 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  18. This movie ranks #688 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  19. This movie ranks #927 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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