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Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.

When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter's classic 1982 film of the same name.

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Here is Cinema Blend's definitive, once and for all comment on the 30 greatest horror films of all time. Will you agree with all of our choices? Probably not, but we're willing to bet that some of your favorites made the cut.

The 30 Best Horror Movies Of All Time

10 Scariest Movie Monsters, Ranked 10 Scariest Movie Monsters, Ranked
With 10 Cloverfield Lane set to hit theaters this weekend, we can't help but have monsters on the brain. With that in mind, here are our top ten scariest movie monsters.

10 Scariest Movie Monsters, Ranked

How One Of Kurt Russell's Best Films Inspired The Hateful Eight How One Of Kurt Russell's Best Films Inspired The Hateful Eight
In The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russell stars as a member of an ensemble that finds itself isolated in a snowy landscape as paranoia lingers in the air and everyone begins to question everyone’s motivations. If this sounds familiar, it’s because that same description could be just as easily applied to John Carpenter’s The Thing.

How One Of Kurt Russell's Best Films Inspired The Hateful Eight

The Thing Almost Looked Very Different In Fantastic Four The Thing Almost Looked Very Different In Fantastic Four
There are many things wrong with Josh Trank's Fantastic Four (almost all contained in the last half of the film), but one thing that the production definitely got right was the look of Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing.

The Thing Almost Looked Very Different In Fantastic Four

Horror Experts Have Created The Definitive List Of The 10 Scariest Movies Of All Time Horror Experts Have Created The Definitive List Of The 10 Scariest Movies Of All Time
Horror fans love to argue about which of their favorite movies is the scariest, but a bunch of experts got together and came up with what very well may be the definitive list.

Horror Experts Have Created The Definitive List Of The 10 Scariest Movies Of All Time

Could The Thing Be Joining Guardians Of The Galaxy? Could The Thing Be Joining Guardians Of The Galaxy?
Upon Marvel’s announcement of an “All-New” and “All-Different” universe in the works, some interesting snippets about what this change could entail have come to surface. And one comes in the form of a big, bouldering Benjamin J. Grimm, who may be heading to a whole other galaxy.

Could The Thing Be Joining Guardians Of The Galaxy?

Is The Fantastic Four Reboot Changing The Thing's Eye Color? Is The Fantastic Four Reboot Changing The Thing's Eye Color?
Fantastic Four might have changed The Thing's eye color. The bastards.

Is The Fantastic Four Reboot Changing The Thing's Eye Color?

10 Horror Remakes That Actually Don't Suck 10 Horror Remakes That Actually Don't Suck
Horror movie remakes get a bad rap, but they're not all terrible. In fact, there are some that are pretty damn good, and here are a few of our favorites.

10 Horror Remakes That Actually Don't Suck

The Fantastic Four Just Revealed Our Best Look At The Thing, See It Now The Fantastic Four Just Revealed Our Best Look At The Thing, See It Now
Are you ready to meet The Thing? The hulking Ben Grimm in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot has remarkably kept himself in the shadows. But now 20th Century Fox has unleashed the beast in a brand new photo from the movie.

The Fantastic Four Just Revealed Our Best Look At The Thing, See It Now

4 Fantastic Four Videos Deliver A Close Look At The New Team 4 Fantastic Four Videos Deliver A Close Look At The New Team
After months of waiting, comic book movie fans finally got their first look at Josh Trank's Fantastic Four with a debut trailer in late January... but since then we have experienced yet another footage drought. Fortunately, Fox now seems to be ramping up promotion again, as they have dropped four new featurettes about the film online.

4 Fantastic Four Videos Deliver A Close Look At The New Team

Fantastic Four: The First Good Look At The Thing Fantastic Four: The First Good Look At The Thing
It’s clobberin’ time! We finally have our first full look at The Thing from the Fantastic Four reboot thanks to an international banner.

Fantastic Four: The First Good Look At The Thing

The Fear Monger: Alien Tampon Trailer Is The Craziest Thing You'll See This Week The Fear Monger: Alien Tampon Trailer Is The Craziest Thing You'll See This Week
Let’s be clear about something right away: Germany’s Alien Tampon isn’t actually a feature film yet, and this trailer was created as an amazing proof of concept that will hopefully get enough investors involved to get it expanded into a full flick. To be clearer, Alien Tampon NEEDS TO BE A REAL MOVIE!

The Fear Monger: Alien Tampon Trailer Is The Craziest Thing You'll See This Week

The Fantastic Four Costumes Will Supposedly Look Like This The Fantastic Four Costumes Will Supposedly Look Like This
We have spent months (im)patiently waiting for 20th Century Fox to finally reveal the first look at the new rebooted version of The Fantastic Four, and while the film’s debut trailer is on its way, today we may have a sneak peek at what to expect costume-wise:

The Fantastic Four Costumes Will Supposedly Look Like This

Fantastic Four Photo Leak May Show Us The Thing Fantastic Four Photo Leak May Show Us The Thing
Justified Films went a little hashtag crazy to say that it is a leaked image of The Thing from The Fantastic Four. You can tell that there is a lot of green screen going on behind ol’ rock head, so this could be the stand in that visual effects artists will use when they digitally add in Ben Grimm.

Fantastic Four Photo Leak May Show Us The Thing

Has John Carpenter Explained The Thing's Ambiguous Ending? Has John Carpenter Explained The Thing's Ambiguous Ending?
After all the body horror, brutal gore, and nightmare-inspiring creature effects, The Thing winds down to a chilling finish. MacReady and his colleague Childs (Keith David) are all that remains of their crew. Having blown up the base in hopes of killing this heinous killer beast, the two — already caked in ice and snow—shiver and essentially await death. But the question lingers—is one of them The Thing?

Has John Carpenter Explained The Thing's Ambiguous Ending?

Army Of The Dead Appears To Be Dead Army Of The Dead Appears To Be Dead
“I don’t know if that’s going to happen – it was really expensive, because it was going to have to shoot in Las Vegas”, van Heijningen Jr. told Moviehole while out promoting The Thing (2011). Warner Bros. still, reportedly, holds the rights to the project, but it appears to be mired in pre-production hell as Snyder bangs away on the studio’s Superman reboot and van Heijningen contemplates his next move.

Army Of The Dead Appears To Be Dead

Must Watch: John Carpenter's The Thing Reenacted With Penguins And Claymation Must Watch: John Carpenter's The Thing Reenacted With Penguins And Claymation
When deciding whether or not something on the internet is cool, sometimes all you need to do is look at it in terms of its parts. If you have something that's awesome, and you combine it with something else that's awesome, the result is something that is awesome x2. It's a formula that has worked for centuries, and has given us amazing things like popcorn and movies, beer and sports, and peanut butter and jelly.

Must Watch: John Carpenter's The Thing Reenacted With Penguins And Claymation

Why Prequels Are The New Sequels Why Prequels Are The New Sequels
For decades, Hollywood’s go-to move when it came to extending the life of a popular franchise was greenlighting a sequel. But with lackluster installments like Lethal Weapon 4, The Matrix: Revolutions and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull-- among many, many others-- methodically killing the strategy over the years, something had to change

Why Prequels Are The New Sequels

Joel Edgerton Talks About Not Being Kurt Russell In The Thing Joel Edgerton Talks About Not Being Kurt Russell In The Thing
From Jack Burton to Snake Plissken, Kurt Russell and John Carpenter constructed some truly iconic roles together and R.J. MacReady in 1982’s The Thing is most definitely included. There’s been talk for years about a remake of Escape From New York, but the idea of someone else playing the Plissken role is unfathomable.

Joel Edgerton Talks About Not Being Kurt Russell In The Thing

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Didn't Fear Flamethrowers In The Thing Mary Elizabeth Winstead Didn't Fear Flamethrowers In The Thing
Holding a fake gun on a set isn’t scary. Sure, there are things that could potentially go wrong (Research: Brandon Lee), but for the most part it’s pretty safe. A flamethrower, on the other hand, is a completely different story. You’re walking around with a pilot flame and a backpack filled with gas, and if those things get too close together it’s curtains for you. But don’t tell that to Mary Elizabeth Winstead; she’ll just laugh it off.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Didn't Fear Flamethrowers In The Thing

Operation Kino Podcast #32: The Thing Reviewed and New York Film Festival Discussed Operation Kino Podcast #32: The Thing Reviewed and New York Film Festival Discussed
>Subscribe to Operation Kino and everything else Kino Katey with iTunes! And if you like us, please please write us a review!< This week on Operation Kino, three of us have seen the new prequel to The Thing… but how do you know which three? How do you even know who to trust? You can find that out in our review segment, which leads into a wrap-up of the New York Film Festival, including David waxing rhapsodic about some foreign films you actually will get the chance to see at some point. Before any of that, though, there's our Lightning Round inspired by Footloose, then tidbits, in which Katey is looking forward to next spring's Titanic re-release, David is amazed by a work-in-progress screening of Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Patches has no idea why anyone would read the Game of Thrones books, and Da7e shares what he learned by doing a lot of reading over the summer. We wrap things up, as always, with your Lightning Round answers for dessert. And if you're in the New York area, for New York Comic Con or no, come hang out with the entire Operation Kino crew TONIGHT, Friday October 14; we'll be at the Reunion Surf Bar at 44th Street and 9th Avenue starting at 8 pm, and would love to meet anyone who's been listening to the show. Take a listen below and find your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow our guest Devindra (@devindra), the show (@opkino), our Da7e (@da7e), David in absentia (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter. [ Subscribe With iTunes ] Download the file directly here (right-click and save-as) 00:00-01:46 Lightning Round 02:15 - 28:26 Introductions and Tidbits 28:56 - 44:01 The Thing reviewed 44:22 - 1:04:01 New York Film Festival discussed 1:04:02 - 1:08:30 Dessert >Subscribe to Operation Kino and everything else Kino Katey with iTunes! And if you like us, please please write us a review!<

Operation Kino Podcast #32: The Thing Reviewed and New York Film Festival Discussed

Virgin Territory: Katey and Eric don't know who to trust with The Thing Virgin Territory: Katey and Eric don't know who to trust with The Thing
Welcome to the latest installment of the ongoing series Virgin Territory, in which I watch a movie I've never seen and talk about it with someone who loves it. This week I sit down with our own Movie News Editor Eric Eisenberg, who is one of many, many people who has insisted over the years that I finally see John Carpenter's The Thing. Of course, I then made the mistake of seeing the new The Thing movie before the original, but I was impressed enough by the practical effects, mounting tension, and Kurt Russell's massive hat in the original that I think I made up for it. Check out our 15 minute conversation below, in which we talk about why those practical effects are so original, how they build tension without going for the standard horror movie jump scares, and how it fits in with the kind of horror movies being made at the time that no one these days seems to be able to match. For the rest of the Virgin Territory series, go here, where you can find me talking The Road Warrior with Max Evry, Apocalypse Now with Dave Gonzales, Superman: The Movie with Matt Patches, All the President's Men with James Rocchi, Terms of Endearment with Mike Ryan, and The Evil Dead with Eric Eisenberg.

Virgin Territory: Katey and Eric don't know who to trust with The Thing

The Thing: The Musical Channels Sinatra, Eats People The Thing: The Musical Channels Sinatra, Eats People
Still, maybe Hollywood is just going about this all wrong. Making another Thing movie in the same vein as Carpenter's classic can't help but draw comparisons, and most likely suffer from them. So why not take the core concept and explore a different genre? Like, say, a swingin' big band musical? I think it would go...a little something like this...

The Thing: The Musical Channels Sinatra, Eats People

This Rotten Week: Predicting Footloose, The Big Year And The Thing Reviews This Rotten Week: Predicting Footloose, The Big Year And The Thing Reviews
It’s week two of the Rotten Challenge verse Nate, a.k.a. this dude who showed up in the Comments section. Week one was a clear victory. Week two, not so much, but man if it wasn’t close. I’m even tempted to call it a tie (but I’m sure he won’t want to). This week we’ve got bird watching, feet loosening, aliens invading and Doug prevailing

This Rotten Week: Predicting Footloose, The Big Year And The Thing Reviews

Paul Walker Protecting His Newborn Baby In Hurricane Katrina Drama Hours Paul Walker Protecting His Newborn Baby In Hurricane Katrina Drama Hours
Helping to bring job to Louisiana by filming in New Orleans can only help a feature that, sight unseen, will be looked at for potentially exploiting Katrina for drama. When it comes to stories set in a post-Katrina environment, it’s damn near impossible to top Spike Lee’s compelling documentaries. But it’s possible that a dramatic narrative can be drawn from this natural tragedy, so long as the script treats each situation with the right amount of respect and reverence.

Paul Walker Protecting His Newborn Baby In Hurricane Katrina Drama Hours

International Trailer For The Thing Release Online International Trailer For The Thing Release Online
I feel somewhat strange about suggesting that people should watch uncensored trailers for the upcoming The Thing. While red band and uncensored previews always give the audience a clearer picture about tone and content, The Thing is a movie that relies on the audience not knowing what's going to happen next.

International Trailer For The Thing Release Online

Area 52 Comic Being Adapted At Summit Area 52 Comic Being Adapted At Summit
Area 52 has an unmistakable similarity to The Thing in that there is alien mayhem at a secret base in the Antarctic region, but the comparisons end there. Area 52 is run by the government and used to store items that are “out of this world”, so to speak. Run by a small group of government rejects sent there because they weren’t useful anywhere else, when an alien presence hatches without their knowing and starts rampaging. As some of the crew are sort of on the crazy side, expect Area 52 to come with a healthy serving of comedy with the alien horror.

Area 52 Comic Being Adapted At Summit

Red Band Trailer For The Thing Reveals A Lot Of Kills And Special Effects Red Band Trailer For The Thing Reveals A Lot Of Kills And Special Effects
Universal has been marketing The Thing for nearly a year, starting last fall when the film was scheduled for a spring release date, and now again earnest as it prepares to actually hit theaters on October 14. I guess at a certain point they had to start raising the stakes in the marketing, showing audiences more of what they'd be paying to see-- blood and guts and special effects, that is

Red Band Trailer For The Thing Reveals A Lot Of Kills And Special Effects

The Thing's New TV Spot Gives Too Much Away The Thing's New TV Spot Gives Too Much Away
While you're probably in the midst of planning your alien assimilation party in preparation for the remake/prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing, also titled The Thing, put down the severed-head-with-legs centerpiece for a moment and have a gander at the film’s latest TV spot.

The Thing's New TV Spot Gives Too Much Away

Scary Video Clip From The Thing Prequel Scary Video Clip From The Thing Prequel
Among the movies that’ll likely get us into the Halloween spirit this year is The Thing, which from the sound of it, is more of a prequel than a full-blown remake of the popular 1982 John Carpenter horror film. Check out a clip from The Thing ahead!

Scary Video Clip From The Thing Prequel

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