The Thing

1982 R 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Thing

1982 R 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD
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Scientists working in Antarctica are forced to abandon their research after a helicopter crashes near their camp, bringing a lone dog into their midst. But the plot thickens when the otherworldly canine changes form in the middle of the night. As it turns out, the dog is a shape-shifting alien that can attack animals -- and unsuspecting humans. Kurt Russell stars in this creepy John Carpenter-directed remake of the 1950s classic.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 Surround
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • Kurt Russell
  • Wilford Brimley
  • T.K. Carter
  • David Clennon
  • Keith David
  • Richard Dysart
  • Charles Hallahan
  • Peter Maloney
  • Richard Masur
  • Donald Moffat
  • Joel Polis
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie is graphically violent, gory, grisly, and frightening, though it's so over-the-top and dated that the gore is almost campy. Humans and dogs are the victims of monstrous alien beings attempting to destroy them. They are hideously ugly creatures with slimy tentacles, pulsing muscles, jagged teeth, and screeching howls. They imitate other life forms and take over living beings suddenly, turning a beautiful dog into a raving, slathering beast, or a man into a giant, multi-limbed, oozing mass of pus and muscle. The movie has occasional swearing ("f--k," "ass," "d--k," "s--t,") and the leading man drinks whiskey straight from a bottle several times, others drink occasionally, and one character smokes a marijuana cigarette.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

This film is about as gruesome as movies get, though it's so over-the-top, it almost becomes campy. Body parts are ripped off people and dogs. Humans, animals, and an alien life force are continuously blown up, mutilated, burned, strangled, and shot (including one man shot in the eye). Men and dogs are transformed into aliens by stretching, melting, sprouting tentacles, and forming hideous teeth. An autopsy is performed close up as organs are taken from it. Dogs are stalked and killed by aliens, other dogs, and by humans. There are many shots of the bloody aftermath of alien attacks including a decapitated head rolling around and grisly bodies found in grotesque positions. Dark, suspenseful music builds to scene after scene of sudden scary assaults.

Language

Occasional use of swearing and obscenities, from "hell," "damn," "ass" to "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," and "motherf--ker".

Social Behavior

Trust is fragile. When faced with horror and death, the instinct for survival may overwhelm our innate or learned humanity.

Consumerism

J & B Scotch whiskey, Chevron.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Leading character uses alcohol as a crutch in several scenes. Other players drink as the tension increases. One man smokes marijuana.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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