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The Thing 1982

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills...

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A bio on the Screenwriter BILL LANCASTER fyi. "
Bill Lancaster
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Date of Birth 17 November 1947, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Date of Death 4 January 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA (cardiac arrest)
Birth Name William Henry Lancaster
Nickname Billy
Height 6' (1.83 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Bill was known by his friends as "Billy", when he was a youth. He attended "public" school, as many actor's sons and daughters did in the 1960s. He was never athletic since he was stricken with a childhood disease. He was well liked at Emerson Junior High School in West Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Emerson in June 1962. He was known as a friend to everyone, rich or not. After Emerson, he went on to University High School in Los Angeles.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob Bakondi
Spouse (1)
Kip "Kippie" Raleigh Kovacs (18 June 1965 - 4 January 1997) (his death) (1 child)
Trivia (6)
Son of Burt Lancaster and Norma Anderson.
Brother of Jimmy, Susan, Joanna, and Sighle Lancaster.
Wrote a draft of the screenplay for Firestarter (1984) when John Carpenter was going to direct the film. Both were replaced when The Thing (1982), a film on which they both collaborated, did poorly at the box office.
Father of only grandchild of comedian Ernie Kovacs and Bette Wilcox.
Contracted polio, but despite having to wear braces on his legs, he played baseball at WLA field (now called the Bad News Bears Field) at Ohio Ave and Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles Ca, in 1961. He played First Base because of his limited mobility.
Married the second daughter of Ernie Kovacs first in Tijuana, Mexico on June 18, 1965, then remarried on December 11, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, because both sets of parents weren't sure a Tijuana marriage was legal.
They had one daughter, Keigh."
As a side bit of Trivia and added star bonus, the great film star Burt Lancaster's son wrote the screenplay to this great film! His name was Bill Lancaster. I do believe he died soon after writing this screenplay. He died way to young. :(
@Great_Scott THE F/X still freak me out! Especially the "Defibrillation Scene"!!! aaaaaaah! *SKIN CRAWLS*
@cheechwizard I was afraid of everyone for over a week! I kept thinking "They might be the thing!" aaaaaaaah!
@Silverwolf37 I wholeheartedly agree with you! I saw it in the Theater/Cinema and I was only 13. It was so awesome and scary and suspenesful that I came out of it with extreme paranoia! I thought my parents were the thing, my sister was The Thing, I even thought my dog was the thing (I had a siberian husky which makes it creepier! LOL) Still, to this day I remember thinking, hoping and praying "Please dog, don't be The Thing and don't have your face split open and attack me!" LOL! :P
Best Sci-Horror-mystery ever, period.
It's amazing how well this one has withstood the test of time. At least 80 % of the SFX still hold up to this day. Sure, that means that 20 % doesn't, but come on. It was made in 1982.
I first watched this sometime in the 80s, and it was a lot scarier then. Not really scary at all now, but still remains a great Sci Fi movie. With just a slight touch-up this one could have been re-released today, and blown a lot of contemporary movies away.
For me this is simply the best horror movie ever made. Truly epic film. 10/10
I remember seeing this in the theater when it first came out. People actually got up and walked out. (Like that happens today...) Classic John Carpenter...
True 80's horror sci-fi Greatness, i have watched this one many times and will many more i highly recommend it fan of the genre or not if you haven't seen this one yet for some reason your missing out.
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