History Film / TheThing1982

14th Sep '17 12:35:11 AM urutapu
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* BloodyMurder: The shapeshifting monster is capable of regenerating each severed but unburned piece of itself into a fully autonomous being. Even blood will crawl away from danger and can (if allowed) potentially respawn into a full-grown monster. The characters use it as a foolproof method for telling them apart from the humans they're otherwise mimicking perfectly. Systematic testing of the entire base personnel and electrocution of the failures with an overclocked cattle-prod follows, forcing the remaining monsters to declare themselves on the spot.

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* BloodyMurder: The shapeshifting monster is capable of regenerating each severed but unburned piece of itself into a fully autonomous being. Even blood will crawl away from danger and can (if allowed) potentially respawn into a full-grown monster. The characters use it as a foolproof method for telling them apart from As the humans they're otherwise mimicking perfectly. Systematic testing of final act draws near, the entire base personnel and electrocution Thing is finally flushed out by [=MacReady=] touching a heated wire to blood samples of the failures with an overclocked cattle-prod follows, forcing the every remaining monsters to declare themselves on crew member--and, as he predicts, the spot.Thing's blood attempts to protect itself.
14th Sep '17 12:21:44 AM urutapu
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* AlienInvasion: A strange alien found in the Arctic with the ability to mimic any living creature. Whether it intended to go to Earth in the first place is unclear. It still threatens to take over.

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* AlienInvasion: A strange alien found in the Arctic Antarctic with the ability to mimic any living creature. Whether it intended to go to Earth in the first place is unclear. It still threatens to take over.
4th Sep '17 8:45:28 PM Peteman
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* [[InfantImmortality Animal Immortality]]: ''Brutally'' averted, as the very first Thing to appear, the Dog-Thing, promptly starts doing truly horrible things to the other dogs - digesting and assimilating them where they stand is just the ''start''. Just to hammer that home, the remaining dogs are [[MercyKill Mercy Killed]] to stop the further spread of the Thing. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they're far too late.]]

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* [[InfantImmortality Animal Immortality]]: ''Brutally'' averted, Averted, as the very first Thing to appear, the Dog-Thing, promptly starts doing truly horrible things to the other dogs - digesting and assimilating them where they stand is just the ''start''. Just to hammer that home, the remaining dogs are [[MercyKill Mercy Killed]] to stop the further spread of the Thing. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they're far too late.]]
30th Aug '17 10:09:17 PM marcoasalazarm
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* DroneOfDread: The score makes heavy use of minimalist drones to evoke apocalyptic dread. The political/sociological documentary ''The Power of Nightmares'' borrows from the film's soundtrack.
30th Aug '17 10:02:14 PM WaterBlap
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* SketeltonCrew: Not on board a vessel of any kind, but the dead man in the Norwegian camp counts.

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* SketeltonCrew: SkeletonCrew: Not on board a vessel of any kind, but the dead man in the Norwegian camp counts.
30th Aug '17 10:01:30 PM WaterBlap
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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulu: [=MacReady=] replies "Well fuck you too!" after the titular Thing shrieks at him. Right before blowing it to hell with a thrown stick of dynamite.

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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulu: DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [=MacReady=] replies "Well fuck you too!" after the titular Thing shrieks at him. Right before blowing it to hell with a thrown stick of dynamite.
30th Aug '17 10:00:32 PM WaterBlap
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* DroneOfTheDead: The score makes heavy use of minimalist drones to evoke apocalyptic dread. The political/sociological documentary ''The Power of Nightmares'' borrows from the film's soundtrack.
30th Aug '17 8:03:18 PM WaterBlap
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* DeathByPragmatism:[[spoiler: Blair is the first character to realize how incredibly dangerous the Thing is, and flips out, destroying the radio, the vehicles, and killing the surviving dogs. Admittedly, destroying everything the team could have used to warn the surrounding stations about the Thing isn't a particularly pragmatic solution, but considering [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt what will happen if the Thing escapes the Antarctic,]] it's at least partially justified. This gets him locked in a storage shed, alone, while multiple Things start freely roving the base. [[YouWillBeAssimilated Eventually, the inevitable happens]].]]
** "Warn others"? Ha! The Norwegian tried that, IN PERSON, and look where that got him. Now try it over the radio. You think they'll believe you? How 'bout saying there's a crazy person on the loose? So what to do? Obviously they'll try to restrain him when they see him. How? By getting close enough for the Thing to dismember and attack every person close enough.
** That, of course, assumes that [[spoiler:Blair wasn't ''already'' a Thing. After all, [[ClothingDamage his shirt had changed]] from the last time he was onscreen.]]
** In any case, they would have been unable to warn the other stations via radio as Windows had failed to contact anyone for the past two weeks, and according to him due to the atmospheric conditions it was unlikely that any of the Antarctic stations would be able to contact each other.

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* DeathByPragmatism:[[spoiler: Blair is DeathByPragmatism: Since even the first character audience doesn't know who's been assimilated already, it's difficult to realize how incredibly dangerous the Thing is, and say whether this trope is or is not in effect for [[spoiler: Blair, who flips out, destroying out at the radio, beginning of the film]]. It may be that he [[spoiler:destroys the radio and vehicles, and killing kills the surviving dogs. Admittedly, destroying everything the team could have used dogs]] to warn the surrounding stations about stop the Thing isn't a particularly pragmatic solution, but considering [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt what will happen if from using them, or it may be that the Thing escapes the Antarctic,]] it's at least partially justified. This gets him locked in a storage shed, alone, while multiple Things start freely roving the base. [[YouWillBeAssimilated Eventually, the inevitable happens]].]]
** "Warn others"? Ha! The Norwegian tried that, IN PERSON, and look where
does all that got him. Now try it over in his shape to stop the radio. You think they'll believe you? How 'bout saying there's a crazy person on the loose? So what to do? Obviously they'll try to restrain him when they see him. How? By getting close enough for the Thing to dismember and attack every person close enough.
** That, of course, assumes that [[spoiler:Blair wasn't ''already'' a Thing. After all, [[ClothingDamage his
others from escaping. His shirt had changed]] changes for that scene from the last time he was onscreen.]]
** In any case, they would have been unable to warn the other stations via radio as Windows had failed to contact anyone for the past two weeks, and according to him due to the atmospheric conditions it was unlikely that any of the Antarctic stations would be able to contact each other.
15th Aug '17 11:06:43 AM Ryonne
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* [=MacReady=] uses an Ithaca 37 shotgun. Windows manages to grab one before he is subdued by the others.

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* ** [=MacReady=] uses an Ithaca 37 shotgun. Windows manages to grab one before he is subdued by the others.
11th Aug '17 2:08:11 PM ThallianGold
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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulu: [[spoiler:The characters are able to make a stand against the monster, but by the time they're done all but two are dead, and the survivors are likely to freeze to death. It's also not entirely clear if they actually succeeded in destroying the Thing or if they've only temporarily contained it, and there is a faint possibility one of the two survivors could be a Thing]]. To make things even darker there's an AlternateEnding where [[spoiler: a dog is seen running away from the ruins of the camp, implying that the thing escaped, and [=MacReady's=] efforts were for nothing]].

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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulu: BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:The characters are able to make a stand against the monster, but by the time they're done all but two are dead, and the survivors are likely to freeze to death. It's also not entirely clear if they actually succeeded in destroying the Thing or if they've only temporarily contained it, and there is a faint possibility one of the two survivors could be a Thing]]. To make things even darker there's an AlternateEnding where [[spoiler: a dog is seen running away from the ruins of the camp, implying that the thing escaped, and [=MacReady's=] efforts were for nothing]].
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