THE THING (2011) Reviews and overview


‘Mankind’s greatest discovery could be its last’

The Thing is a 2011 American-Canadian science fiction horror film directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell. It is a prequel to the 1982 film of the same name by John Carpenter, the plot ending immediately before the start of the plot for that film.

The movie stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Eric Christian Olsen.


A team of Norwegian and American scientists discover an alien buried deep in the ice of Antarctica, realising too late that it is still alive, consuming and replicating the team members…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Certainly, Van Heijningen’s film may not be entirely a true original, but it succeeds in bringing something different to the table, and in its use of suspense and graphic horror, it’s easily one of the best horror films of this second decade of the century. Maybe not a perfect replica, but a remarkable attempt nonetheless.” J Luis Rivera, W-Cinema

” …the number of touches that are there to ensure consistency with Carpenter’s film, plus some impressive special effects mean that you would have to be an extremely unforgiving and demanding horror fan not to have a good time with this. I was expecting ropey CGI but instead, I had difficulty distinguishing the prosthetics from the digital work.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

Latest release:

The Thing (2011) will be reissued on Blu-ray on October 29, 2019, via Mill Creek Entertainment.

Special features:

  • Audio commentary with director Matthijs van Heijningen and producer Eric Newman
  • The Thing Evolves – Making-of featurette
  • Fire & Ice – Stunts featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

Cast and characters:

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead … Kate Lloyd
  • Joel Edgerton … Carter
  • Ulrich Thomsen … Doctor Sander Halvorson
  • Eric Christian Olsen … Adam Finch
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje … Jameson
  • Paul Braunstein … Griggs
  • Trond Espen Seim … Edvard Wolner
  • Kim Bubbs … Juliette
  • Jørgen Langhelle … Lars
  • Jan Gunnar Røise … Olav
  • Stig Henrik Hoff … Peder
  • Kristofer Hivju … Jonas
  • Jo Adrian Haavind … Henrik
  • Carsten Bjørnlund … Karl
  • Jonathan Walker … Colin (as Jonathan Lloyd Walker)

Technical details:

103 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS
Aspect Ratio: 2.39: 1

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