R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell) and his team of twelve Antarctic researchers unearth and inadvertently defrost a hideous, 100,000-year-old alien life form. Havoc ensues as the isolated scientists struggle with a foe that is a shape-shifting misanthrope. Because the alien can assume the appearance of the people that it kills, the remaining men are soon faced with the task of determining who's who in order to ensure their survival. Stunning visual effects, an eerie score by Ennio Morricone, and director John Carpenter's (Halloween, Escape from New York) familiarity with spine-tingling material make this a gruesome nail-biter. Although considered a remake of the 1951 Howard Hawks/Christian Nyby classic The Thing from Another World, the thriller is much more in keeping with the John W. Campbell, Jr. story upon which it is based.