R | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
The script was by someone (Bill Lancaster) whose father was an actor (Burt Lancaster) and who played the same character (Wyatt Earp) in an adaption of a real life event (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)) as did the star (Kurt Russell) of this film in yet another adaptation of that same event (Tombstone (1993)).
Poor baby, you're starting to lose it.
(at around 1h 23 mins) When one of the characters is slammed into the ceiling, a piece of the ceiling breaks off, but instead of falling to the ground, it "falls" upwards into the ceiling, revealing the scene was shot upside-down.
The version broadcast on television in the eighties ended with a few shots of a dog running, stopping to look around and heading off into the distance, leading the spectator to believe the Thing had survived. Also, the scene where a man's head tears itself apart from his body, grows legs and eyes and runs off, was cut.
$3,107,897 27 June 1982