Rent The Thing (1982)

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Horror-master John Carpenter teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic 'The Thing'. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the shape-shifting alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.
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David Foster, Lawrence Turman
Voiced By:
Adrienne Barbeau
Bill Lancaster, John W. Campbell Jr.
Universal Pictures
Classics, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
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104 minutes
English, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Making of Documentary 'John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape'
  • Feature Commentary with John Carpenter (Director) and Kurt Russell
  • Production Background Archive
  • Cast Production Photos
  • Production Art and Storyboards
  • Location Design
  • Production Archives
  • Outtakes
  • Production Notes
  • Post Production
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cast and Filmmakers' Notes: Kurt Russell, John Carpenter (Director)
Release Date:
Run Time:
109 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original negative, supervised and approved by director John Carpenter and director of photography Dean Cundey
  • Brand new audio commentary by podcasters Mike White (The Projection Booth), Patrick Bromley (F! This Movie) and El Goro (Talk Without Rhythm)
  • Audio commentary by John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
  • Who Goes There? In Search of The Thing - an all-new documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the history of The Thing, from the original novella to John Carpenter's terrifying science-fiction classic, featuring new interviews with cast and crew alongside authors, historians and critics
  • 1982: One Amazing Summer - an all-new retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures about the unforgettable films released in the summer of 1982
  • John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape-archive documentary on the making of The Thing featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, special effects make-up designer Rob Bottin, matte artist Albert Whitlock and other cast and crew
  • NoThing Left Unsaid- The Thing 35th anniversary panel filmed at the 2017 Texas Frightmare Weekend, featuring director of photography Dean Cundey and actors Thomas Waites, Keith David and Wilford Brimley
  • The Thing: 27,000 Hours-short film tribute by filmmaker Sean Hogan (Little Deaths, The Devil's Business) viewable with optional audio commentary with Hogan and Arrow Video podcast hosts Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin
  • Newly Produced Fan Featurettes
  • Annotated Production Archive
  • Outtakes
  • Trailer

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The Thing review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

“Man is the warmest place to hide”. And thus begins one of the most misunderstood (in its time), overlooked, and critically bashed films of recent history – In the Name of the King. Joking: it’s John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982).

The Thing is the best horror, period. It perfectly blends suspense, thriller elements, ‘body-snatching’ tropes, Kurt Russell’s beard (and drinking habits), Keith David’s gritty voice, a bunch of unforgettable special effects – even to this very day – and no women whatsoever. Is this why The Thing is so good? Well, no, but it’s all in the directing, creature effects, and lack of information the audience is getting. And Ennio Morricone’s haunting score. And the source material by John W. Campbell Jr. (which I heard was as straightforward and linear as it gets, but didn’t bother to read it myself).

The film has MacReady (Kurt Russell) playing chess with a computer, and losing. After which, he pours a glass of whiskey IN the computer, and wins; while the computer dies. And this is exactly why The Thing is so good: it manages to set up characters in mere minutes, if not second, without them even speaking a single word. From this scene, we (the audience) quickly realize that he’s a brute, but also a smart brute who likes to play chess and, also, likes to win. He is astute, stoic, but also unpredictable – a brute trickster if you will – who can outgun you while he himself is outgunned; and he has a beard.

Then, as the suspense slowly creeps up… in fact, the suspense never lets go in the first place! Right from the get-go, as those [YOU-KNOW-WHO] people get mowed down, it’s not really clear as to who is what to whom, and whom to who is the antagonist in the film. Which is all about the genius directing and editing in the film – and that’s non-debatable.

And another word we didn’t mention, and which The Thing exceeds at managing to provoke – is paranoia. Man, the remote Antarctica atmosphere, the haunting score (mentioning twice), the uncertainty of what will happen next, and the sole fact that there is an alien creature hiding in some of the crew (who can be anywhere) – and mimicking them to perfection – is the perfect setup that Carpenter uses to create the best horror film of all times. And the way the film ends… well that’s just excellent directing.

Finally, should you watch The Thing? Yes, and yes. It’s the perfect film to watch on a cozy winter Sunday night, neatly wrapped in a blanket by your own choosing, and having some diapers in handy for just in case.

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