About The Thing
Antarctica, winter 1982. A team of research scientists discover an unknown entity frozen in the ice, mysterious deaths at a nearby camp, and increasingly strange behaviors among their own. Isolated by severe storms, they are forced to reckon with an alien form that can assume the shape of its victims. Desperate to contain the threat in their remote, frozen wilderness, the men are forced to realize that nothing is what is seems, no one can be trusted, and survival may be a long-lost hope. John Carpenter's claustrophobic sci-fi thriller remains as riveting and affecting as ever, mixing groundbreaking special effects, social commentary, and indelible ensemble performances in a true horror classic. [109 mins; horror, sci-fi; English]
A Q&A on sound in genre films with Tony Brewer and Chandler Bridges will follow the screening. Tony Brewer is a live sound effects and foley artist. Chandler Bridges (Assistant Professor of Music, Audio Engineering and Sound Production, Jacobs School of Music) is a professional musician with an extensive background in sound production and audio engineering.
"The Thing is a peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror." – Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"The menace of the dark polar night and the claustrophobic confines of the base are utilised to raise the fear, tension and paranoia to unbearable heights." – Dave Turner, The Guardian
"The Thing has emerged as one of our most potent modern terrors, combining the icy-cold chill of suspicion and uncertainty." – Tom Huddleston, Time Out
This program is generously funded by the Roberta and S. James Sherman Inspiring Conversations Fund.