Initially seen as nothing more than a gruesome slab of unnecessary sci-fi, John Carpenter's bleak and nasty thriller has since become a certified classic of the genre. Thanks to some groundbreaking special effects, an insidious tone of palpable paranoia and a stellar lead performance from Kurt Russell, it's as fresh now as it was back in 1982.
But other than knowing just how brilliant it is, chances are you won't know these 25 nuggets of information about The Thing.
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