The Thing

2011 R 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Thing

2011 R 1h 43m Blu-ray / DVD
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This terrifying prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic of the same name tells the story of a team of Norwegian scientists who find an alien ship frozen in Antarctica. When the organism inside awakens, blood flows across the frozen landscape.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 2:40:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
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+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Thing -- which takes place slightly before the events of 1982's The Thing and includes some of the same events as the original 1951 movie The Thing from Another World -- has lots of strong, gory visual effects with terrifying mutations between humans and aliens. Humans' faces suddenly split apart, with teeth and tendrils bursting from within, and there's lots of shooting and even a gooey alien autopsy. Language is strong (including "f--k" and "s--t") but not constant. Sex scenes aren't an issue, but one character does tell a very dirty sex joke involving a young boy.

Sexual Content

No sex, nudity, or sexual situations, but the movie starts with a character telling very filthy joke involving a young boy and sex.


Very strong, gory special effects. Since the monster is able to copy humans, viewers see characters' faces and bodies ripping apart in odd directions, with teeth and tendrils bursting from within. There are terrifying mutations of human and beast (one with two upside-down heads stuck together). Also, humans shoot everything that moves with guns and flamethrowers. Lots of blood on display, as well as charred ruins of alien bodies and even a gory, gooey alien autopsy scene.


"F--k" is used a few times, as well as "s--t." Other words include "a--hole," "hell," "damn," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), "oh my God," and "goddamn."

Social Behavior

The characters suddenly mistrust one another and are willing to take drastic steps -- i.e. commit murder -- at even the faintest suspicion. Despite their close quarters, there's generally a lack of community among them.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The adult characters celebrate by drinking beer and liquor after first finding the creature.

  • 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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