Rivisto dopo anni La Cosa di John Carpenter e riesce sempre a terrorizzare; non tanto per gli effetti speciali - gli anni ed il budget si fanno sentire, pur riuscendo sempre nell'intento di disgustare - ed il make-up di Rob Bottin, quanto per la tensione che riesce a creare tra i protagonisti, attanagliati dal terrore di essere bloccati in una base polare con compagni che potrebbero essere stati infettati dalla cosa.
Altro merito del film è l'aver lanciato, assieme a Fuga Da New York del 1981, Kurt Russell - uno dei miei attori-feticcio. ;-D
Voto: 10, da proiettare nelle scuole per mostrare cosa davvero si rende la tensione al cinema.
PS: Carpenter, dove sei? Perché non torni? L'ultimo lavoro è Ghosts of Mars del 2001 e, con tutto il rispetto, faceva schifo.
- Natasha Henstridge .... Melanie Ballard
- Ice Cube .... James 'Desolation' Williams
- Jason Statham .... Jericho Butler
- Clea DuVall .... Bashira Kincaid
- Pam Grier .... Commander Helena Braddock
- Joanna Cassidy .... Dr. Arlene Whitlock
- Richard Cetrone .... Big Daddy Mars
- Rosemary Forsyth .... Inquisitor
- Liam Waite .... Michael Descanso
- Duane Davis .... Uno
200 years in the future a Martian police unit is dispatched to transport a dangerous prisoner from a mining outpost back to justice. But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet.
Nome di battesimo: Kurt Vogel Russell
Data di nascita: 17 March 1951
Altezza: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Coniuge: Season Hubley::(1979 - 1984) (divorced) 1 son
- "60 Minutes" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "The Arsenio Hall Show" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "Cinema mil" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "Daniel Boone" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "The Eleventh Hour" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "The F.B.I." (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "The Fugitive" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "Gilligan's Island" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "Gunsmoke" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "Harry O" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
Kurt Russell landed a part in the Elvis movie, "It Happened at the World's Fair", when he was 10 years old. In 1960, Walt Disney himself signed Russell to a 10 year contract. Once his stint as a child actor ended, he spent the early 1970s playing minor league baseball. In 1979, he gave a classic performance as Elvis Presley in John Carpenter's ABC-TV movie. He followed with roles in a string of well-received films: "Used Cars", "Escape from New York", "The Thing" and "Silkwood". In 1983 he met Goldie Hawn when they worked together on "Swing Shift". The two have lived together ever since. The movie was a failure - as was their next one together, "Overboard". During the 1980's, Russell starred in a rash of disappointments: "The Best of Times", "Big Trouble in Little China" and "Winter People". Finally, his career seemed to be seriously stalled. He only landed "Tango and Cash" after Patrick Swayze dropped out; Dennis Quaid was the first choice for the part in "Backdraft". In the end, these two roles were key in re-establishing him as a box-office draw. Russell and Hawn live on a 72-acre retreat, Home Run Ranch, outside of Aspen. He has two sons, Boston (from a brief marriage to actress Season Hubley) and Wyatt with Hawn).
Trivia random: Brother-in-law of Larry J. Franco.
Data di nascita: c. 1959
Altezza: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
- The Howling (1981) .... (associate producer) [produttore]
- The Fog (1980) .... Blake [attore]
- Humanoids from the Deep (1980) .... Humanoid (uncredited) [attore]
Trivia random: During the making of The Thing (1982), Rob lived on the set in Los Angeles. He worked 7 days a week for over a year. He slept on set and in laboratories. When the project was completed, John Carpenter sent him to hospital where he was diagnosed with extreme exhaustion. Rob vowed never to work so hard again.
- Kurt Russell .... R.J. MacReady
- Wilford Brimley .... Dr. Blair (as A. Wilford Brimley)
- T.K. Carter .... Nauls
- David Clennon .... Palmer
- Keith David .... Childs
- Richard A. Dysart .... Dr. Copper (as Richard Dysart)
- Charles Hallahan .... Vance Norris
- Peter Maloney .... George Bennings
- Richard Masur .... Clark
- Donald Moffat .... Garry
Members of an American scientific research outpost in Antarctica find themselves battling a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its victims. They soon discover that this task will be harder than they thought, as they don't know which members of the team have already been assimilated and their paranoia threatens to tear them apart.
Nome di battesimo: John Howard Carpenter
Data di nascita: 16 January 1948
Altezza: 6' (1.83 m)
Coniuge: Sandy King::(1990 - present), Adrienne Barbeau::(1 January 1979 - 1984) (divorced)
- "Carrie on Hollywood" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "The Daily Show" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "Durch die Nacht mit..." (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- "Movie Magic" (????) .... [ospite/guest]
- The 13th Apostle (2006) .... [regista]
- Halloween: Retribution (2006) .... (characters) [scrittore]
- Psychopath (2006) .... [scrittore]
- ""Masters of Horror"" (2005) .... (episode "Cigarette Burns") [regista]
- Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) .... (earlier film) [scrittore]
- The Fog (2005) .... (producer) [produttore]
John Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father was the head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles, not the University of South Carolina. While there, he did "The Resurrection of Bronco Billy" and started "Dark Star". "The Coupe de Villes" included directors Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle.
Trivia random: Is a major NBA fan and has a satellite dish installed on his location trailer to keep up with the games. Always has a portable basketball hoop on location.
- Kurt Russell .... Snake Plissken
- Lee Van Cleef .... Police Commissioner Bob Hauk
- Ernest Borgnine .... Cabbie
- Donald Pleasence .... President of the United States
- Isaac Hayes .... The Duke of New York
- Season Hubley .... Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts
- Harry Dean Stanton .... Harold 'Brain' Helman
- Adrienne Barbeau .... Maggie
- Tom Atkins .... Rehme
- Charles Cyphers .... Secretary of State
A condemned criminal and former war hero is offered his freedom if he can rescue the President of the United States from the walled prison island of Manhattan after a terrorist brings down the President's plane in this futuristic adventure.