R | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
His role as Childs was the first credited feature film role for Keith David. It launched a very prolific career that continues more than 35 years later.
Your move: bishop to knight four. My move: knight to rook three.
MacReady: Poor baby, you're startin' to lose it, aren't ya?
Computer Voice: Your move: king to rook one. My move: rook to knight six. Checkmate. Checkmate.
MacReady: Cheating bitch.
(at around 32 mins) The alien Norwegian dog is caged with the American dogs and starts mutating while attacking the other dogs. When the crew check out the ruckus, first seeing the mutated dog, they start their counterattack and the alien jumps up to the ceiling of the cage. While this is happening, in the audio of barking dogs and people shouting, you can hear the sound of a rope or chain pulley in operation to raise the creature up.
The title of the movie is revealed in the same style as in The Thing from Another World (1951). The effect was achieved with a plastic bag place on a stencil that was melted by a heat source placed below it.
The American syndicated televison version features:
$3,107,897 27 June 1982