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The Thing Details


An American paleontologist and a team of Norwegian scientists fight for their lives against a shape-shifting extraterrestrial that can perfectly mimic any living creature in this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic. Upon receiving word that the Antarctic research team has unearthed an alien craft, paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins the group to explore what secrets the ship might hold. Though by Kate's estimation the creature inside the spaceship has been dead for centuries, it has actually just been lying dormant in the ice. Perfectly preserved, it has awaited the day when it would finally be freed from its frigid prison; now, after eons of lying in wait, that day has finally come. Suddenly revived during a crucial experiment, the malevolent alien begins methodically mimicking each member of the crew undetected. By the time Kate realizes the frightening implications of the creature's unique ability, it may already be too late. As paranoia among the crew begins to intensify, it's up to Kate and the crew's helicopter pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to make sure the extraterrestrial menace is exterminated before it has the opportunity to escape -- for, should it manage to make its way to a heavily populated area, humanity's days may be numbered. Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. makes his feature directorial debut from a script by Eric Heisserer and Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:October 14, 2011


Eric Newman
Marc Abraham
Michel Abramowicz
Marco Beltrami
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Boyle
Julian Clarke
Sean Haworth
Production Designer
Lawrence Turman
Executive Producer
David Foster
Executive Producer
J. Miles Dale
Executive Producer
Odetta Stoddard
Set Decorator
Luis M. Sequeira
Costume Designer
Image Engine
Ken Steel
Denise Chamian
Angela Demo
Glen Gauthier
Production Sound Mixer
Steve Garrad
Visual Effects Executive Producer
Patrick Gallagher
First Assistant Editor
Dennis Chapman
Unit Production Manager
Jesper Kjolsrud
Visual Effects Supervisor
Lindsay Jacobs
Assistant Costume Designer
Petra Holtorf-Stratton
Visual Effects Producer
Image Engine
Visual Effects
J. Miles Dale
Unit Production Manager
Dennis Berardi
Visual Effects Supervisor
Jono Griffith
Additional Editing
Lyndon Barrois
Supervising Animator
Ruth Hasty
Post Production Supervisor
Bob Beemer
Re-Recording Mixer
Neil Eskuri
Digital Effects
Vic Rigler
Properties Master
Tom Woodruff, Jr.
Makeup Special Effects
Aaron Weintraub
Visual Effects Supervisor
Jane Conway
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Jon Taylor
Re-Recording Mixer
Suzanne Aplin
Costumes Supervisor
Harrison Marks
Visual Effects Coordinator
Keith Sly
J. Miles Dale
Second Unit Director
Alec Gillis
Makeup Special Effects
Jeff Beattie
Visual Effects Editor
Linda Dowds
Key Make-up
Penny Charter
Second Assistant Director
Warren Appleby
Special Effects Coordinator
Jay Duboisson
Assistant Costume Designer
Lara Johnston
First Assistant Editor
Bruce Barris
Sound Effects Editor