If I was an imitation, a perfect imitation, how would you know if it was really me? a researcher asks. The rest of his team has no answer except uneasy silence. Paranoia, horrifying transformations, and cramped corridors illuminated with off-putting lighting rule the day in John Carpenter's sci-fi/horror creature flick. An Antarctic research team discovers a crashed spacecraft, a deserted Norwegian compound, and a frozen, inhuman body. It doesn't take long for the team to realize they've discovered something horrible as an intruder slips into their midst - one which can impeccably imitate any life form it encounters. Soon the team has lost any means of contacting the outside world and is forced to discern which of them are still human. While filled with some rather gooey practical effects (which, for the most part, hold up well), paranoia and uncertainty are the main attractions. If you're in need of blood, gore, alien monstrosities, or just some terrific atmosphere and suspense, The Thing will be happy to supply you with them.
A twelve man research team in the Antarctic accidentally revives an alien being that can change form to perfectly imitate its potential victims.