The Thing

Director: Christian Nyby

Cast: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, Douglas Spencer, James R. Young, Dewey Martin, Robert Nichols, William Self, Eduard Franz, Sally Creighton, James Arness

Air Force Captain Patrick Hendry (Tobey) flies a ski plane to an arctic outpost where members of a scientific group have reported a strange occurrence. At the outpost he meets ex-girlfriend Nikki Nicholson (Sheridan) and renews an uneasy relationship. Captain Hendry, other airmen, and reporter Ned Scott (Spencer) are led to the location where a mysterious object fell. Buried under the ice they discover a large disc-shaped device. Their attempts to recover the disc go awry and result in an uncontrolled fire that destroys what appears to be an alien spaceship. Nearby, embedded in the ice, they notice a large humanoid body. They cut out a block of ice encasing the alien body and take it back to the outpost. In the middle of a snowstorm, communications with the outside world become erratic. The group at the research station has problems getting orders on how to proceed, and Scott is prevented from broadcasting the biggest story heís ever come across. The frozen body is accidentally thawed out, and the revived alien goes on a rampage, killing and wrecking as he escapes into the storm outside. Dr. Carrington (Cornthwaite), the leader of the scientific mission, determines the alien is a vegetable-like lifeform. He admires the creature, believing its development was not handicapped by emotional or sexual factors. As the tension increases within the isolated outpost, Captain Hendry and Nikki renew their interrupted liaison. When the alien resumes his killing spree, fear and paranoia grip the camp and Captain Hendry decides to kill the monster before it kills them all. But Dr. Carrington opposes any action against the extraterrestial, believing the knowledge to be gained from studying it is more important than their own lives. As the alienís attacks take a mounting toll, Dr. Carrington seeks to communicate with it, while the others wage a pitched battle that could determine the future of the human race. Special effects by Linwood G. Dunn and Donald Steward. Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Based on the novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell Jr.


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