Famous Names: John Carpenter (Director) Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David (Cast).

Crunchy Goodness: 5

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Sight You'll Never Unsee: The shape-shifting Thing's unique way of escaping a fire — as a severed head sprouts legs and eyes to scuttle away. ...

Bang for Your Buck: Rob Bottin and Stan Winston's brilliant goopy creature work — perhaps the greatest achievement in pre-digital special effects.

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