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THE THING (1982)

THE THING <span>(1982)</span> artwork

THE THING (1982)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 106

Release dates 11/09/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong violence and gory horror

Genre(s) Science Fiction, Horror

Director(s) John Carpenter

Cast includes Kurt Russell, A. Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas Waites, Norbert Weisser, Larry Franco, Nate Irwin, William Zeman, John Carpenter

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 01/09/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE THING is a 1982 John Carpenter science fiction horror film about an alien force that threatens a group scientists. The film was classified '18' for 'strong violence and gory horror'.

The film includes scenes of strong violence and gory horror, involving deformed and mutating dogs and human characters. The shape-shifting nature of the alien in the film is depicted through shots of bleeding heads, an alien head exploding out of a stomach, a head turning into a spider and similar images of grotesque horror. These images are suitable at '18', as they are the strongest kind of gory images and the film presents a chilling and genuinely suspenseful treatment of the alien threat.

The film also contains infrequent strong language, which is acceptable at the recommended '18' classification.

Details

Title
THE THING
Also known as
THE THING - BONUS - PICTURE IN PICTURE
Year
1982
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd,U.I.P. (UK),Universal Pictures Int (UK),Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video,CIC Video
Classified date(s)
26/05/2009
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF031288

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