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Scientist at an arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out! Studio: Turner Hm Entertainm Release Date: 09/13/2005 Starring: James Arness Margaret Sheridan Run time: 81 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Christian Nyby

With its modest special effects, lean plot, and small cast of lesser stars, this 1951 thriller remains a sturdy blueprint for fusing horror and science fiction. The formula has been employed countless times since, fleshed out with more extensive and elaborate production values, and manned by higher profiled marquee names, but the results have yet to improve on The Thing from Another World, Howard Hawks's lone foray into sci-fi.

The story begins as military airmen are dispatched to a remote Arctic research station where scientists have detected the crash of a spacecraft. An effort to retrieve the saucer-shaped vehicle fails, but the team returns to the station with the frozen body of its sole occupant. When the extraterrestrial pilot is accidentally thawed, the crew, headed by a tough-talking pilot (Kenneth Tobey), grapples with a massive, chlorophyll-based humanoid (James Arness) thirsty for blood and in no mood for galactic diplomacy.

Hawks takes only a production credit for this low-budget exercise, but his filmmaking style transcends Christian Nyby's nominal direction: rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue, an ensemble of comrades whose professionalism is tempered by wisecracks, and unsentimental female characters (embodied by feisty romantic interest Margaret Sheridan) recall Hawks's signature works, while propelling the plot over any potential gaps in credibility. It's hardly surprising, then, that The Thing from Another World remains among the most influential science fiction movies ever shot, or that it remains exciting entertainment a half century later. --Sam Sutherland

Customer Reviews:

  • More suspense than you might think and without gore
    This movie brought back many memories. It was suspenseful, did not have any real gore and was fun to watch....more info
  • "Watch the skies"
    Loosely based on the 1938 novella - "Who Goes There?" - by John W. Campbell, Jr., the 1951 release is a Cold War classic, which weaves the real Nuclear Age and emerging conflicts around the world with Sci-Fi centered on a beast that seemingly cannot be defeated.

    It is the military (Captain Patrick Hendry/Kenneth Tobey), science (Dr. Carrington/Robert Cornthwaite) and media (Scotty/Douglas Spencer) who approach the incredible happenings from different angles, but through a screenplay that has a firm understanding of what drives the actual Op-Ed pages in newspapers during the era.

    The action takes place around the site for the Arctic-Polar Expedition, with a mysterious crash landing of some type of object drawing the interest of a number of government entities. What emerges out of the wreckage is a plant-like humanoid that needs outside sources of blood to survive (a cross between Dracula and the Jolly Green Giant).

    The travails even gets Carrington's secretary, Nikki Nicholson (Margaret Sheridan), involved in the plans to defeat the creature. But with a number of professionals professing to work together, but having different agendas, the creature may be poised to run amok.

    This is as much a race against ego as it is time, with those who truly want to defeat The Thing needing special focus to overcome the barriers set by colleagues. One thing is for sure...the survivors will have a whole different feeling about vegetables, whether served cooked or raw.

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  • something about the thing
    Most movie buffs nowadays argue about who really directed this movie. Who cares? He did a marvellous job, creating the first great alien invasion movie. Right from the famous opening with the radioactive titles, the sudden appearance of a figure lurching in the snow, the music,everything. The tight writing, close interaction of the cast (they never seem to be merely acting" and great black & white photography combine. Yes, the aircrew are too flip in the face of a monster invader, but it has allready been made clear that they have faced death many times before in air raids over Germany. Keneth Tobey is entirely believable as the captain responsible for his crews and everyone elses survival. And yes, I would fly to the north pole to meet Margaret Sheridan. Her character is allmost unique in sf, she doesn't screm once, and even assists the men in their fight. The only - is that there are no special features on the dvd, and there must be fantastic material out there to make one!...more info
  • The Thing from Another world
    We never thought it would be so easy to buy this classic movie. We are definitely impressed with the east of payment and services rendered. Keep up the good work....more info
  • The Thing (Original)
    An excellent classic movie. Definitely much better then the remake. Goes along with It Came from Beneath the Sea and Them as classic Sfi-Fi movies....more info
  • The Thing from Another World
    This is the original. The remake is 'The Thing.'
    Both movies are great. I suggest that you own both of them and compare....more info
  • One of the best classic sci fi horror films of all time - the creature feature at its finest
    Many horror fans have seen John Carpenter's "The Thing," but many don't know that the original "Thing" was nothing like Carpenter's creature. "The Thing From Another World," produced by Howard Hawks, is one of the best of the 1950s "creature feature" sci fi classics. Shot in black and white, this film uses lighting and camera work to create tension and fear better than just about any other film of this genre.

    The film begins in Anchorage, Alaska, where Capt. Pat Hendry and his crew are enjoying a little down time. Not long after the arrival of news reporter Scotty, Hendry and his crew are called on to investigate a magnetic anomaly discovered by a group of scientists stationed at the North Pole.

    After a briefing by the head of the Arctic expedition, Hendry, along with his crew and scientists from the expedition, heads to what he has been told is the location of the anomaly, a site where an unknown aircraft has crashed. On arrival, it becomes apparent that the vehicle which has crashed was not an aircraft, but a flying saucer.

    When the group returns to the expedition base with the remains of the craft's crew, the battle between common sense and the desire to examine the creature ensues. Due to a creature feature style mistake, the creature is released from his frozen state and begins to look for ways to feed his need for blood.

    What makes this movie so much fun is the fact that though its dealing with a creature that lives on blood, there is very little blood visible. And what is visible is rendered less icky simply because it is shown in black and white.

    There is alot of spooky tension and quite a few scares in this movie even though the actual creature is not really seen very often. In fact, it's the absence of the actual creature that gives some of the most terrifying moments.

    "The Thing From Another World" is a movie from another time. A time when movies didn't have to shove blood and violence down the throat of the viewer to get a scare. And it should be watched with this mindset for maximum enjoyment.

    Those who love old-style creature features will find this movie to be a treasure. Those who prefer their scares served up with a heavy dose of blood and sex will not.

    Families looking for a Friday night creature feature will find "The Thing From Another World" will fit the bill nicely. With undercurrents of humor and serious questions about when it's OK to put science before safety, this movie is a classic that everyone at one time or another should see. There's a reason its stood the test of time....more info
  • It just kept mewing like a cat!
    The Thing is one of the all-time great sci fi films. It's also one of the greatest horror films! Watch in awe of the fast-paced, overlapped dialogue that Howard Hawks made famous and that Steven Spielberg emulates. This is how real people talk--butting in, talking over each other, lots of people talking at the same time--not fake "movie talk" where everyone politely waits their turn to deliver an obviously memorized line. Though The Thing has Howard Hawks' fingerprints all over it, it is not actually directed by Howard Hawks, contrary to what many believe (he was the producer). The look and feel of this film is amazing. It's uncanny how well the film holds up, as well as how creepy it still is. I love the sounds the "Thing" makes: "I was shooting it and it just kept mewing like a cat!" Famous scenes from this film appear in both John Carpenter's Halloween (characters are watching it on TV) and in Rob Zombie's (horrendous) remake. Carpenter of course later remade The Thing, providing one of the best horror remakes in history (though the original is still much better). In this original the scene where they try to burn the "Thing" is one of the most effective in movie history. Carpenter tried to match it with his famous "blood testing" scene, which is also very creepy stuff. Incidentally, Carpenter's is a more faithful adaptation of the story the movie is based on (called "Who Goes There?"), which was also used in Horror Express starring horror greats Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as well as in an X Files episode. This film is a masterpiece all around and is as good as it gets folks. The characters are great and the banter and humor are flawless. Think Stalag 17 as horror/sci fi and you'll have an idea as to what the amazing quality of this production is. Watch and enjoy! This belongs in any self-respecting sci fi fan's collection right next to The Day the Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet. ...more info
  • Super Sci-fi of the 1950s
    There were hundreds of Sci-fi/horror movies made in the 1950s and "The Thing from Another World" may top them all !
    James Arness as the monster along with under rated actor Kenneth Tobey and a great supporting cast make this simply, a movie you will not forget. ...more info
  • The Thing from Another World
    It was just like I imagined and it left a little bit to the imagination. I wish movies were still made like this....more info
  • The original is better
    Nothing can beat originals. So many remakes have been done and have been less than successful in following the the original plot, design, emotion and acting. In black and white, made during the Red scare, this film was a perfect message film. "Look to the skies." "They," the menace may come to earth and take over the planet. Just as the "Reds." It was "The Thing/it against us.

    Of course, John Carpenter made the remake with many frightening "Alien" type horror scenes. Bodies splitting open. You can't trust anyone. This was also the paranoia of who to killed or be killed.

    But again the original was way ahead of its time. Women scientists, a reporter and military forces in the frozen wasteland, who measure the size of the saucer. They defrost and eventually destroy the alien/monster in a very clever manner. James Arness never looked more frightening. There is no comparison to the 1951 original....more info
  • Even Better In The Winter!
    The only times I will watch this great flick is in Winter. And I try to pick a bitter cold day (or night), open a window or two, and keep the coffee flowing ("...anyone for some coffee?"). This plus the realistic,
    overlapping dialogue that Mr Hawks is known for, only adds to the great viewing of this excellent film....more info
  • Make it 3 and a half
    I love this film- it is well paced and atmospheric and is not afraid to ask difficult questions about the morality of actions. It is, however, very much of its time and that means some wooden acting and ropey special effects - although in general both are of a much higher standard than equivalent productions. It also means some credibility- stretching actions by some of the characters and a rushed finish. It remains amongst the finest sci-fi/horror film ever made though - and whilst the re-make was better - it was not by much....more info
  • i still like this movie
    It's still a good movie, even after 50yrs. I like to watch it in a darkened room on a dreary day on a wide screen TV....more info
  • Out of this world!
    The thing is classic sci-fi. Cold war fears at it's best. The remake has all the great visual effect, but you can't beat the orignal for 50's charm. ...more info
  • Great Classic Sci-Fi :-)
    This is one of those timeless Science Fiction movies; no matter how many times I've seen it, I still enjoy watching it.

    If you love classic Sci-Fi, get this one. You won't be sorry. :-)...more info
  • Great product quality and great shipping service.
    The DVD is of superb quality. An original theme at the time it was made, just a few years after the Roswell espisode, it's a great sci-fi horror movie. A truely historical post-war time piece that paved the way for many UFO and alien movies to come. ...more info
  • Howard Hawk's Original The Thing
    In 1951 producer Howard Hawks and director Christian Nyby,created one of the all time great sci/fi,horror classics"The Thing From Another World".A movie that still entertains to this day.A group of military men and doctors/scientists find A flying saucer buried in the ice.They unearth the ship's passanger(A half alien/half vegetable creature),and all hell breaks loose.After killing the dogs and attacking the crew,The Captain of the unit(Kenneth Tobey)decides the alien must be destroyed;much to the dismay of the group of doctors/scientist.Soon it becomes A battle to kill the creature,and at the same time fend off A crazy doctor(who believes that the alien can be reasoned with).Great,yet dated,special effects,A great ensemble cast(including James Arness as The Thing),and A great deal of heart and imagination,make this film A 5 star must see.I also recommend this film's fantastic 1982 remake"John Carpenter's The Thing".Classic, sci-fi fantasy,at it's best....more info
  • the thing
    this is one of the great its got the special attitude of the people of the fiftys and sixty's until really bad people took over hollywood and all they got is special effects and retarted scripts and actors. the new stuff out is pure crap compared to the great fifty's and sixty's nobody's can top elvis or the other greats....more info
  • Two thumbs up!!!!!
    I became a big sci/fi - horror buff when I was growing up. I loved all the classics from the original "Frankenstein" with Boris Karloff, "The Wolfman" with Lon Chaney Jr. and "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi. "The Thing (From Another World)" was always one of my favorites. Every time it would show up on cable lately I would watch it. Many times the quality of the video was not good. I was very pleased with the quality of this disc, especially since this is not one of the "big money" movies that rates digital updates and all the extras.
    I highly recommend it for old-time horror enthusiasts!!!!!!...more info
  • The Thing is the Real Thing
    " The Thing" truly captures American Sci Fi at it's best. Classic characters, controlled suspense and best of all -an intelligent monster !

    Great pace, action and quick,clear dialogue. Still holds up after all these years! ...more info
  • Still Scary Today
    Remember when this movie was made, 1950's. What is unbelievable is that you rarely ever get a good look at the monster (James Arness), he is in and out of scenes quickly but he is ALWAYS THERE. Same thing holds true with the movie Jaws, you do not need to see the monster in every scene. Today's movies you need the monsters in every scene. The premise of the movie is that a flying spaceship lands in the artic and is recovered by a scientific team and air force people working there. The music is even creepy. Watching this late at night at home will give you the creeps, if you let your imagination run wild. Some of the lines in the movie are classics, "they did not breed him for beauty", "watch the sky", "I didn't get a good look, do you want me to open the door again?" The characters are great, especially Dr. Carrington and his staff who has many character actors who went onto other great roles. Very good movie for then and now....more info
  • Comical and laughable in today's standards
    This movie may have been a thriller in it's day, but almost 60 years of Sci-Fi and Horror have managed to numb those of us that are hard-core horror fans. Having said that, it is an enjoyable weekend movie that's actually family friendly. It should be noted this movie scared my Father In-Law so much when he was still a teen that to this day he cannot and will not watch a horror movie. I can only laugh....more info
  • *** THE*** BREAKTHROUGH FILM THRILLER
    THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD was made the same year I was born-- 1951-- and when I finally saw it on TV some years later, it nevertheless scared me so profoundly (despite all the tacky commercial interruptions) that I literally had recurring nightmares, for years to come, eerily based on the film's plot.

    And I wasn't alone in that, either. I've met other people my age who were similarly terrified by this breakthrough masterpiece of malevolent moodiness, that overwhelms the viewer like a series of ever-increasing river rapids, relentlessly leading to that inevitable roaring waterfall.

    In today's wonderworld of stunningly realistic computer-generated images, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD is concrete proof that the essential power of timeless Film Art is so very miraculously elusive. You can critically analyze it until you're blue in the brain ... but the whole is always so very much more than the sum of its parts. And it's that essentially powerful gestalt that makes this wonderful nightmare a timeless classic.

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  • raw, 50s sci-fi, truly wonderfullly scary
    I grew up on this film, which was on in the afternoon (the "Big Show") at least once a year. Of course, I haven't seen this in 40 years, so viewing it again was a great treat. This is a pioneering film: a powerful beast is found, whose plant-like characteristics are a mystery, and it has heart-poundng suspense. While there have been lots of films that are similar and with better effects - even a wonderful re-make that is also first rate - this is the raw, pioneering, experimental prototype of them all (alas, I do fear film buffs who are more erudite than I in this recondite specialty!). There are very strange details I did not recall, like the sudden appearence of the beast in a doorway, but even better: in a romantic encounter, a young lady agrees to have a drink with the hero only on the condition that she can tie him up!! Thus, this is not a canned film experience that is predominently a rhetorical exercise about as interesting as a music video by Britney Spears, but a path-breaking work of film craft, even art.

    Warmly recommended. ...more info
  • My second most scary movie
    I saw this movie in 1955 while visiting friends in Roslyn,Washington where the series "Northern Exposure" was filmed. I spent the whole movie crouching behind the seat in front of me,and sneaking a peak from time to time. I was 9 years old and it Scared the living haysoos outta me....more info
  • Howard Hawk's Original The Thing
    In 1951 producer Howard Hawks and director Christian Nyby,created one of the all time great sci/fi,horror classics"The Thing From Another World".A movie that still entertains to this day.A group of military men and doctors/scientists find A flying saucer buried in the ice.They unearth the ship's passanger(A half alien/half vegetable creature),and all hell breaks loose.After killing the dogs and attacking the crew,The Captain of the unit(Kenneth Tobey)decides the alien must be destroyed;much to the dismay of the group of doctors/scientist.Soon it becomes A battle to kill the creature,and at the same time fend off A crazy doctor(who believes that the alien can be reasoned with).Great,yet dated,special effects,A great ensemble cast(including James Arness as The Thing),and A great deal of heart and imagination,make this film A 5 star must see.I also recommend this film's fantastic 1982 remake"John Carpenter's The Thing".Classic, sci-fi fantasy,at it's best....more info