21 Classic The Thing Quotes From The Spooky Sci-Fi Movie

Horror and Sci-Fi movie quotes from the movie 'The Thing

'The Thing' is a scary classic movie that was released in 1982.

Directed by John Carpenter, 'The Thing' revolves around a shifting alien that assumes the life form of the deceased. 'The Thing' belongs to the genre of horror and Sci-Fi.

The production of this movie began in the early 1970s. It was expected to be an adaptation of a Sci-Fi novel from the 1950s 'The Thing from Another World.' The original script of the movie went through various directors and writers, who came up with different ideas on the approach to the story. Universal Pictures acquired the rights to make this movie from Wilbur Stark. John Carpenter was initially approached to direct this movie in 1974. However, being an independent director, Universal Pictures chose Tobe Hooper who was already under their contract. Universal Pictures tried their hands with several other directors. Disappointed by a series of failed pitches, approach, and storytelling, Universal Pictures approached John Carpenter again. Finally, John Carpenter took up the project in August 1981. The filming of this movie was spread across 12 weeks and took place in Los Angeles, Alaska, and British Columbia.

The movie received a critical review upon its theatrical release, terming it as an 'Instant Junk'.  Some praised it for its visual effects, some criticized it for the poor characterization of the actors. Though it failed to impress the audience then, 'The Thing' is considered one of the best horror classic movies even today.  It found its audience when it made a television and home video release a little later. Filmmakers considered it a classic work and studied its influence on their works. 'The Thing' has allowed many filmmakers and video game companies to draw inspiration from the movie. 'The Thing' merchandise has today expanded to comics, haunted house attractions, video games, and board games.

The movie starts with a Norwegian helicopter buzzing at an Antarctica scientific base. The helicopter chases a dog that had escaped from the Norwegian base. This Sci-fi classic directed by John Carpenter includes the lead actors - Kurt Russell as MacReady, Wilford Brimley as Dr. Blair, Richard Dysart as Dr. Copper, Donald Moffat as Garry, and Keith Davis as Childs. A dramatic screenplay and cliched execution make the viewers glued to their seats till the very end.

The movie 'The Thing' revolves around a shape-shifting alien that assumes the body of the deceased animal or plant or human. This parasitic 'Thing' spreads like a virus and creates chaos in the Antarctica base. The 'Thing' attacks people and animals, kills them, and assumes their shape and appearance. It becomes challenging for the characters to identify who is the 'Thing'. The characters become uncertain about their associates as they are caught unaware, whom the 'Thing' has assumed. A gripping sequence of events and surprising scenes that follow, make it a scary movie even today. Here we bring you a collection of quotes and conversations that still makes us feel spooky and scary. If you are looking for more exciting quote compilations, you may want to check our 'The Shining' quotes and [Sci fi quotes].

Gripping MacReady Quotes From 'The Thing'

'The Thing' quotes from the Classic sci-fi movie are spooky.

'The Thing' is a classic sci-fi horror movie that revolves around a shape-shifting alien. MacReady is the protagonist who works with other characters in the movie to identify who 'The Thing' is. Here we bring you some gripping and anxious quotes from 'The Thing'.

1."I don't know. Thousands of years ago it crashes, and this thing... gets thrown out, or crawls out, and it ends up freezing in the ice."


2."I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation."


3."I know what you mean, Blair. Trust is a tough thing to come by these days. Tell you what - why don't you just trust in the Lord?"


4."If we've got any surprises for each other, I don't think we're in much shape to do anything about it."


5."We're gonna draw a little bit of everybody's blood... 'cause we're gonna find out who's The Thing."


6."Watchin' Norris in there gave me the idea that... maybe every part of him was a whole, every little piece was an individual animal with a built-in desire to protect its own life."


7."Ya see, when a man bleeds, it's just tissue, but blood from one of you Things won t obey when it's attacked. It'll try and survive... crawl away from a hot needle, say."


8."This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It 'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open."


9."If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won."


10."[Holding TNT in one hand, and a lit flare in the other]  Anybody touches me, and we go."


11."Somebody in this camp ain't what he appears to be. Right now that may be one or two of us. By spring, it could be all of us."


12."Yes, Garry, they dig it up, they cart it back, it gets thawed out, it wakes up... probably not the best of moods... I don't know, I wasn't there!"


13."I'm a real light sleeper, Childs."


14."Why don't we just... wait here for a little while. See what happens."


Other Famous Quotes From The Movie 'The Thing'

Every character in the movie makes a remarkable contribution to the plot. The plot, dialogues, the screenplay make this movie a spooky movie to remember for ages. Here are a few quotes and dialogues from the other characters, including a Childs quote. Childs is a character in the movie 'The Thing'. It was played by Keith David. This was his first significant role in a full-length film. Enjoy these 'The Thing' quotes.

15."You're gonna have to sleep sometime, MacReady."


16. "Childs, happens all the time, man. They're falling out of the skies like flies. The government knows all about it, right, Mac?"


17. "Listen: It could have imitated a million life-forms on a million planets. It could change into any one of them at any time. Now, it wants life-forms on Earth."


18."They're not Swedish, Mac. They're Norwegian."

-Dr. Copper.

19."I don't know about Dr. Copper... but I give you my word I did not go near that blood!"


20.[viewing the ruined Norwegian camp]  "My God, what the hell happened here?"

-Dr. Copper.

21."Childs, Childs... Chariots of the Gods, man. They practically own South America. I mean, they taught the Incas everything they know."


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