The Thing
Man Is The Warmest Place To Hide
( Action / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller )

The Thing Poster

US Runtime: 109 min

Premiere Date:
Jun 25, 1982   [USA]
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John W. Campbell Jr.   [story Who Goes There?]
Producers: Wilbur Stark   [Executive Producer]
Lawrence Turman   [Producer]
David Foster   [Producer]
Stuart Cohen   [Co-Producer]
Larry J. Franco   [Associate Producer]
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography: Dean Cundey
Edited by: Todd C. Ramsay
Production Companys: Turman-Foster Company
Universal Pictures


Kurt Russell
R.J. MacReady
Wilford Brimley
Dr. Blair
T.K. Carter
David Clennon
Keith David
Richard A. Dysart
Dr. Copper
Charles Hallahan
Peter Maloney
Richard Masur
Donald Moffat
Joel Polis
Thomas G. Waites
Norbert Weisser
Larry J. Franco
Norwegian Passenger With Rifle
Nate Irwin
Helicopter Pilot
William Zeman
Eric Mansker
Jerry Wills
Rock A. Walker
Anthony Cecere
Norwegian in video footage
Ken Strain
Kent Hays
Norwegian in video footage
Clint Rowe
Larry Holt
Melvin Jones
Denver Mattson
John Carpenter
Norwegian in video footage (uncredited)
Adrienne Barbeau
Computer Voice (uncredited)


Dave Anderson
gaffer: British Columbia
Dan Anglin
transportation captain
Jim Aupperle
animator: animation effects sequence
Dillard Brinson
key grip: British Columbia
Clyde E. Bryan
first assistant camera
Ronald I. Caplan
costume supervisor
James T. Colovin
assistant dog trainer
Randall William Cook
dimensional animation effects creator
Bob Cornell
transportation captain
Ernest D. Farino
animator: animation effects sequence
David Geddes
second assistant camera: British Columbia
Dave Gordon
dolly grip: British Columbia
Chris Helcermanas-Benge
still photographer: British Columbia
Laszlo Horvath
best boy grip
James L. Hurford
best boy grip: British Columbia
Nate Irwin
helicopter pilot: British Columbia
Karen Kalton
production secretary: British Columbia
Katherine Kean
animator: main title sequence
Ray Kinzer
Robert Knoechel
auditor: British Columbia
Kris Krosskove
dolly grip
Gilbert Loe
costume supervisor
Ron Macinnes
production assistant
Terry Marshall
lamp operator
Thomas Marshall
Craig Miller
marketing consultant
Maynard M. Miller
technical advisor: Juneau
Charles E. Nippell
best boy electric
Douglas Olivares
assistant camera
Michael Orefice
lamp operator: British Columbia
Paul Prince
first assistant camera: British Columbia
Douglas Pruss
second assistant camera: British Columbia
Clint Rowe
dog trainer
Peter J. Silbermann
publicity coordinator
Raymond Stella
body double for hypodermics
Raymond Stella
camera operator
Ken Strain
helicopter pilot: British Columbia
Mark Walthour
Robert Weatherwax
animal trainer
Christine Wilson
script supervisor: British Columbia
Stan Winston
special thanks
Len Wolfe
best boy electric: British Columbia
Ronald Woodward
key grip

Special Effects:

Dreamstate Effects
Motion Graphics
computer graphics
Stan Winston Studio
Universal Title
optical effects
Visual Concept Engineering (VCE)
visual effects

Miscellaneous Companies:

Pickwick/Maslansky/Koenigsberg, Inc.
special publicity
RGB Optical
Universal Title
end titles

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

$10,000,000 (USA)
Color Info:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm
Shooting Dates:
Jun 1981 - ????


  • MacReady: I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won.
  • MacReady: Trust is a tough thing to come by these days.
  • Palmer: I was wonderin' when El Capitan was gonna get a chance to use his popgun.
  • Childs: You're gonna have to sleep sometime, MacCready.
    MacCready: I'm a real light sleeper, Childs.
  • [Norris' head grows legs and tries to walk away.]
    Palmer: You gotta be f**king kidding.


  • The film was originally banned when released in Finland.
  • The Norwegian dog in the film was named Jed. He was a half wolf/half husky breed. Jed was very obedient, never barked and acted perfectly on cue for his scenes.
  • The Norwegian camp scenes were actually the charred remains of the American site from the end of the film. Rather than go to the expense of building and burning down another camp, Carpenter re-used the destroyed American camp.
  • This is the first film in what John Carpenter calls his Apocalypse Trilogy. The other two are Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness.
  • There are no female characters in the film. The only female presence in the movie is in the voice of MacReady's chess computer and the contestants seen on the game show that Palmer watches. A scene containing a blow-up doll was filmed and then left on the cutting room floor. Additionally, one of the crew was a woman but she fell ill during the outdoor shoot and was replaced with a man.

DVD Easter Eggs: (Hidden So You Don't See Anything You Don't Want To See)

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