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* NightmareRetardant: While many incarnations of the Thing are frightening, some of'em are less scary than the others 'cause them being too grotesque or even goofy looking. For example: [[spoiler: Norris]]- Thing with that fat angry face, look almost as if it's on drugs or drunken.
* ParanoiaFuel: This film is made of it, runs on it, and will [[JustForPun take you over with it]].

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* NightmareRetardant: While many most incarnations of the Thing are frightening, some of'em are less scary than the others 'cause them being too grotesque or even goofy looking. For example: infected [[spoiler: Norris]]- Thing with Norris]] has such a disproportional face that fat angry face, look almost as if it's on drugs or drunken.it looks downright comical.
* ParanoiaFuel: This film The antagonist is made of it, runs on it, an alien who can flawlessly mimic any living being and will [[JustForPun take you over with it]].seeks to assimilate other victims. It could be anywhere, taking the form of even your most trusted friend, just waiting for the right moment to infect you.


** Many of the films quotes are extremely memorable, but the most standout of all is Palmer’s [[FlatWhat response to the Spider Head-Thing]].
---> '''[=Palmer=]:''' ''[[PrecisionFStrike "You’ve Gotta be Fuckin’ Kidding!"]]''



* NauseaFuel: And plenty of it.

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* NauseaFuel: And plenty The horrific transformations the titular antagonist goes through are stomach-turning. Most of it.them involve the creature bleeding or spewing slime as it reshapes itself into a grotesque mass of bones and flesh.



* OneSceneWonder: Maybe not ''technically'' true, but watching [[spoiler:Creator/WilfordBrimley]] completely in-character as the [[spoiler:Blair]]-thing is absolutely chilling.


* CriticalResearchFailure:
** [=MacReady=] proclaims that winter has just begun in the opening scene. Yet the sun is shining brightly.[[note]]For those not in the know, Antarctica (and the Arctic, for that matter) is shrouded in darkness in winter. Mind you, it would depend on exactly where they were how long the darkness would last, but that close to the solstice, it's pretty much a given that it would be AlwaysNight.[[/note]]
** In a lesser-known example, the UN agreed that no weapons should be used in Antarctica, which means no guns or flamethrowers. (The flamethrowers could be justified as tools to melt ice, same as the thermite grenades, but the guns would be an absolute no-go).
*** The above, while technically correct, is not quite accurate. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 banned ''military activity'' on the continent. However, that does not preclude the possession or use of guns for scientific purposes, such as the gathering of animal samples. Indeed, page 25 of this National Science Foundation document ([[https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/antarct/treaty/pdf/9798Plans.pdf link]]) from 1998 lists Palmer Station as possessing in its inventory 2x .38 revolvers, 3x 12-gauge shotguns, and 1x .223 Mini-14 rifle, all presumably for such purposes. In the same time period, [=McMurdo=] Station is listed as having a blank-powered dart rifle, a Savage .22LR/20-gauge over-under, and 8x pyrotechnic pistols (aka flare guns).

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* CriticalResearchFailure:
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CriticalResearchFailure: [=MacReady=] proclaims that winter has just begun in the opening scene. Yet the sun is shining brightly.[[note]]For those not in the know, Antarctica (and the Arctic, for that matter) is shrouded in darkness in winter. Mind you, it would depend on exactly where they were how long the darkness would last, but that close to the solstice, it's pretty much a given that it would be AlwaysNight.[[/note]]
** In a lesser-known example, the UN agreed that no weapons should be used in Antarctica, which means no guns or flamethrowers. (The flamethrowers could be justified as tools to melt ice, same as the thermite grenades, but the guns would be an absolute no-go).
*** The above, while technically correct, is not quite accurate. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 banned ''military activity'' on the continent. However, that does not preclude the possession or use of guns for scientific purposes, such as the gathering of animal samples. Indeed, page 25 of this National Science Foundation document ([[https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/antarct/treaty/pdf/9798Plans.pdf link]]) from 1998 lists Palmer Station as possessing in its inventory 2x .38 revolvers, 3x 12-gauge shotguns, and 1x .223 Mini-14 rifle, all presumably for such purposes. In the same time period, [=McMurdo=] Station is listed as having a blank-powered dart rifle, a Savage .22LR/20-gauge over-under, and 8x pyrotechnic pistols (aka flare guns).
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** In that same scene, the hand holding the blood samples is made of wood which is more noticeable on repeat viewings, especially in high definition. They include a shot of a negative test with the fake hand as a clever way of sidestepping the issue of the hand looking different when the sample does test positive.


** Creator/KeithDavid's character starts calling [=MacReady=] out on his [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog "Voodoo bullshit!"]]

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** Creator/KeithDavid's character starts calling [=MacReady=] out on his [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog [[WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog "Voodoo bullshit!"]]

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** When Macready subdues Blair, he lands two punches, the sound effects of which are obviously dubbed-in.


** When the [[spoiler:Norris]]-Thing is revealed in the surgery room, Palmer has the classic line "You've gotten be fuckin' kidding" when he sees the disembodied head skitter off to hide in a room. [[spoiler: However, when Copper gets his arms ripped off, there's a [[FreezeFrameBonus brief shot]] where Palmer is shown watching with a [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight barely surprised expression]], which suggest that he's already been infected. Nobody else had spotted the Norris-Thing's spider-head running off into a corner, and probably wouldn't have if he didn't draw attention to it. Was he trying to preserve his cover by ratting out a smaller portion of himself that probably wouldn't have made it anyway? Or, more humorously, was he just so embarrassed at a part of himself pulling such a lame escape attempt that he couldn't hide his exasperation?]]

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** When the [[spoiler:Norris]]-Thing is revealed in the surgery room, Palmer has the classic line "You've gotten be fuckin' kidding" when he sees the disembodied head skitter off to hide in a room. [[spoiler: However, when Copper gets his arms ripped off, there's a [[FreezeFrameBonus brief shot]] where Palmer is shown watching with a [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight barely surprised expression]], which suggest that he's already been infected. Nobody else had spotted the Norris-Thing's spider-head running off into a corner, and probably wouldn't have if he didn't draw attention to it. Was he trying to preserve his cover by ratting out a smaller portion of himself that probably wouldn't have made it anyway? Or, more humorously, was he just so embarrassed at a part of himself pulling such a lame escape attempt that he couldn't hide his exasperation?]]


* VindicatedByHistory: A ''huge'' flop when it was released, and initially received mixed to negative reviews. So negative in fact that a film magazine even had an article that asked the question, "Is This the Most Hated Film of All Time?". Then TheNineties rolled along, and people started picking it up on VHS and DVD. It's now considered to be one of the greatest horror films in history. Kurt Russell is notably proud of the film, and doesn't mind at all that it took ten to fifteen years to "find its audience."
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The film is packed with terrific animatronic and makeup effects which have held up magnificently.

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* VindicatedByHistory: A ''huge'' flop when it was released, it was savaged by critics, and initially received mixed to negative reviews. nearly sank John Carpenter's career. So negative were the reviews in fact that a film magazine even had an article that asked the question, "Is This the Most Hated Film of All Time?". Then TheNineties rolled along, and people started picking it up on VHS and DVD. It's now considered to be one of the greatest horror films in history. Kurt Russell is notably proud of the film, and doesn't mind at all that it took ten to fifteen years to "find its audience."
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The film is packed with terrific animatronic and makeup effects which have held up magnificently. In fact, the effects are so spectacular, it's sometimes been criticized for overshadowing the rest of the film.


*** Made even funnier when he also ends up voicing a [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} cat helping a girl fight a witch.]]
*** And for the trifecta, he's the first person in the film to use a [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]]. Years later, Keith David would voice [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime The Flame King]].


*** The above, while technically correct, is not quite accurate. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 banned ''military activity'' on the continent. However, that does not preclude the possession or use of guns for scientific purposes, such as the gathering of animal samples. Indeed, page 25 of this National Science Foundation document ([[https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/antarct/treaty/pdf/9798Plans.pdf link]]) from 1998 lists Palmer Station as possessing in its inventory 2x .38 revolvers, 3x 12-gauge shotguns, and 1x .223 Mini-14 rifle, all presumably for such purposes. In the same time period, McMurdo Station is listed as having a blank-powered dart rifle, a Savage .22LR/20-gauge over-under, and 8x pyrotechnic pistols (aka flare guns).

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*** The above, while technically correct, is not quite accurate. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 banned ''military activity'' on the continent. However, that does not preclude the possession or use of guns for scientific purposes, such as the gathering of animal samples. Indeed, page 25 of this National Science Foundation document ([[https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/antarct/treaty/pdf/9798Plans.pdf link]]) from 1998 lists Palmer Station as possessing in its inventory 2x .38 revolvers, 3x 12-gauge shotguns, and 1x .223 Mini-14 rifle, all presumably for such purposes. In the same time period, McMurdo [=McMurdo=] Station is listed as having a blank-powered dart rifle, a Savage .22LR/20-gauge over-under, and 8x pyrotechnic pistols (aka flare guns).


*** The above, while technically correct, is not quite accurate. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 banned 'military activity' on the continent. However, that does not preclude the possession or use of guns for scientific purposes, such as the gathering of animal samples. Indeed, page 25 of this National Science Foundation document ([[https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/antarct/treaty/pdf/9798Plans.pdf link]]) from 1998 lists Palmer Station as possessing in its inventory 2x .38 revolvers, 3x 12-gauge shotguns, and 1x .223 Mini-14 rifle, all presumably for such purposes. In the same time period, McMurdo Station is listed as having a blank-powered dart rifle, a Savage .22LR/20-gauge over-under, and 8x pyrotechnic pistols (aka flare guns).

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*** The above, while technically correct, is not quite accurate. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 banned 'military activity' ''military activity'' on the continent. However, that does not preclude the possession or use of guns for scientific purposes, such as the gathering of animal samples. Indeed, page 25 of this National Science Foundation document ([[https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/antarct/treaty/pdf/9798Plans.pdf link]]) from 1998 lists Palmer Station as possessing in its inventory 2x .38 revolvers, 3x 12-gauge shotguns, and 1x .223 Mini-14 rifle, all presumably for such purposes. In the same time period, McMurdo Station is listed as having a blank-powered dart rifle, a Savage .22LR/20-gauge over-under, and 8x pyrotechnic pistols (aka flare guns).

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*** The above, while technically correct, is not quite accurate. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 banned 'military activity' on the continent. However, that does not preclude the possession or use of guns for scientific purposes, such as the gathering of animal samples. Indeed, page 25 of this National Science Foundation document ([[https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/antarct/treaty/pdf/9798Plans.pdf link]]) from 1998 lists Palmer Station as possessing in its inventory 2x .38 revolvers, 3x 12-gauge shotguns, and 1x .223 Mini-14 rifle, all presumably for such purposes. In the same time period, McMurdo Station is listed as having a blank-powered dart rifle, a Savage .22LR/20-gauge over-under, and 8x pyrotechnic pistols (aka flare guns).


** Did [[spoiler:Fuchs try to burn the thing after discovering MacReady’s shredded clothes but fail in the process? Did he burn himself before the thing could assimilate him? Or did the thing burn him before he could tell anybody the truth?]]

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** Did [[spoiler:Fuchs try to burn the thing after discovering MacReady’s [=MacReady=]’s shredded clothes but fail in the process? Did he burn himself before the thing could assimilate him? Or did the thing burn him before he could tell anybody the truth?]]


---> '''[=Palmer=]:''' ''[[AtomicFBomb "You’ve Gotta be Fuckin’ Kidding!"]]''

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---> '''[=Palmer=]:''' ''[[AtomicFBomb ''[[PrecisionFStrike "You’ve Gotta be Fuckin’ Kidding!"]]''


* VindicatedByHistory: A ''huge'' flop when it was released, and initially received mixed to negative reviews. Then TheNineties rolled along, and people started picking it up on VHS and DVD. It's now considered to be one of the greatest horror films in history. Kurt Russell is notably proud of the film, and doesn't mind at all that it took ten to fifteen years to "find its audience."

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* VindicatedByHistory: A ''huge'' flop when it was released, and initially received mixed to negative reviews. So negative in fact that a film magazine even had an article that asked the question, "Is This the Most Hated Film of All Time?". Then TheNineties rolled along, and people started picking it up on VHS and DVD. It's now considered to be one of the greatest horror films in history. Kurt Russell is notably proud of the film, and doesn't mind at all that it took ten to fifteen years to "find its audience."

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