Movies like The Thing

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The Thing (1982)
 8.1
 357K
The Thing (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, cult film, atmospheric, serious, futuristic, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien encounter, alien, paranoia, space and aliens, lovecraftian, mutation, fear, survival, creature, trapped, scientist, danger, evil, isolation, supernatural, spacecraft, snow, suspicion, transformation, characters in danger, death, research, abandoned, blizzard ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: antarctica, south pole

Most similar movies to The Thing

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, scary, suspense and serious films with plots about danger, blood, supernatural, monster, survival, deadly and fear mostly in Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Thing: Alien (1979), The Void (2016), The Mist (2007), The Faculty (1998), Life (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.4
 765K
Alien (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs ...
Style: scary, frightening, suspenseful, captivating, futuristic ...
Plot: alien, space travel, space and aliens, outer space, monster, evil alien, deadly creature, spacecraft, alien encounter, alien monster, scientist, trapped in space ...
Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 5.8
 29K
The Void (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that patients and ...
Style: macabre, dark, ambiguous ending, sinister, bloody ...
Plot: lovecraftian, another dimension, body horror, mutation, monster, insanity, hospital, murder, nurse, violence, transformation, human experiment ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
96%
 7.1
 275K
The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten ...
Style: suspenseful, bad ending, bleak, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, monster, apocalypse, fog, fear, creature, trapped, tentacle, deadly creature, chaos and mayhem, alternate dimension, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 108K
The Faculty (1998)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet! As mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parasite, alien invasion, youth, teenage life, teachers and students, evil alien, alien, first contact, high school, high school life, space and aliens, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 119K
The Thing (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When paleontologist Kate Lloyd travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, alien invasion, evil alien, gory, blizzard, deadly creature, danger, chase, mission gone awry, survival, alien encounter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1982
Place: antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.6
 201K
Life (2017)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The six-member crew of the International Space Station is tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extra-terrestrial life, which proves more intelligent than ever expected.
Style: scary, suspense, apocalyptic, suspenseful, tragic ending ...
Plot: space station, survival horror, space travel, mars, alien life-form, astronaut, tentacle, research, trapped in space, lovecraftian, first contact, alien ...
Time: near future, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 5.8
 18K
Leviathan (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with horrifying results. The crew of the mining base must fight to survive against a genetic mutation that hunts them down one by ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: survival, monster, experiment gone awry, isolation, rescue, ship, race against time, mutant, ocean, danger, suicide, sea ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.7
 154K
Event Horizon (1997)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, futuristic, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nightmare, space travel, outer space, space station, lovecraftian, insanity, danger, space and aliens, hallucination, trapped in space, survival, crew ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 31K
The Blob (1988)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government ...
Style: scary, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: small town, survival, danger, evil alien, chaos, race against time, quarantine, space and aliens, alien encounter, deadly creature, death, hospital ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 142K
Pandorum (2009)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone – and the reality of their situation is more ...
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, isolation, space and aliens, survival, danger, mutant, mission, memory loss, post apocalypse, fear ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.0
 559K
Prometheus (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, scary, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, fantasy world, survival, androids, space travel, alien encounter, human versus alien, spacecraft, mission, expedition, distant planet, hi-tech ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Harbinger Down (2015)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship's crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, ...
Style: suspense, rough, tense, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: radiation, alien, fishing boat, transformation, creature, creature feature, scientist, military, infection, fear, alarm, toxic ...
Time: year 1982
Place: alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 16K
Body Snatchers (1993)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Environmental Protection Agency inspector Steve Malone travels to a remote military base in order to check for toxic materials, he brings his family along for the ride. After arriving at the base, his teenage daughter Marti befriends Jean ...
Style: scary, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: soldier, evil alien, alien invasion, military base, zombie, sleeping, emotionless, danger, teenage life, research, toxic, cloning ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 1950s, 50s
Place: atlanta georgia, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 363K
Predator (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, monster, survival, deadly creature, jungle, warrior, hunting, creature, trap, evil alien, danger, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987, twentieth century, future
Place: latin america, central america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.2
 11K
The Thaw (2009)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what's frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: deadly, deadly creature, quarantine, parasite, survival, isolation, infected, plague, danger, scientist, professor, expedition ...
Time: prehistory, contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: alien invasion, alien, biologist, alien encounter, investigation, danger, apocalypse, supernatural, body swapping, sleeping, lookalikes, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 269K
Annihilation (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.
Style: suspense, disturbing, ambiguous ending, intellectual, macabre ...
Plot: mutation, female protagonist, lovecraftian, scientist, dna, expedition, transformation, psychologist, genetics, research, quarantine, missing person ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.1
 33K
Splinter (2008)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When their plans for a nature trip go awry, Polly and boyfriend Seth decide to check into a motel. On their way, they're carjacked and kidnapped by low-rent crooks Dennis and Lacey, who take the victims and their SUV to a nearby gas station. ...
Style: scary, bleak, bloody, macabre, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: zombie, survival, blood splatter, infected, virus, weekend, partners in crime, death, infection, creature, hit by a car, hostage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 5.4
 3K
Head Count (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During a weekend getaway to Joshua Tree, a group of teenagers find themselves under mental and physical assault from a supernatural entity that mimics their appearances as it completes an ancient ritual.
Style: twist ending, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: shape shifting, creature, demon, curse, weekend, bodies, brother brother relationship, monster, mutation, danger, characters in danger, isolation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 271K
Alien 3 (1992)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After escaping with Newt and Hicks from the alien planet, Ripley crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and host to a correctional facility. Unfortunately, although Newt and Hicks do not survive the crash, a more unwelcome visitor does. The ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, futuristic ...
Plot: evil alien, alien, deadly creature, space travel, human versus alien, outer space, redemption, survival, danger, cryogenics, spacecraft, self sacrifice ...
Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Style: dark humor, scary, suspenseful, surreal, bloody ...
Plot: death, cabin in the woods, monster, supernatural, survival, zombie, creature, in the woods, danger, giant snake, youth, weekend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1900s, year 2009, 20th century ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, surreal, scary, psychological ...
Plot: lovecraftian, hallucination, disappearance, insanity, investigation, neo noir, paranoia, violence, police brutality, gory, hallucinations, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new england, new hampshire, europe, england, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 98K
Sphere (1998)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft.They are the best of best, ...
Style: mind bending, scary, psychological, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: first contact, psychology, paranoia, psychologist, survival, ocean or sea, underwater, ocean, supernatural, danger, space and aliens, adventure ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 19K
Phantoms (1998)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the peaceful town of Snowfield, Colorado something evil has wiped out the community. And now, its up to a group of people to stop it, or at least get out of Snowfield alive.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, suspense, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, small town, sheriff, hotel, extinction, survival, apocalypse, danger, monster, quarantine, military, good versus evil ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Forbidden World (1982)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: In the distant future, a federation marshal arrives at a research lab on a remote planet where a genetic experiment has gotten loose and begins feeding on the dwindling scientific group.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, futuristic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mutant, experiment gone awry, mad scientist, laboratory, planet, genetics, isolation, space and aliens, dangerous animal, chaos, danger, save the planet ...
Time: 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Contamination (1980)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.
Style: rough, scary, suspenseful, serious, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mars, investigation, good versus evil, outer space, murder, race against time, danger, survival, blood, alien, space travel, save the world ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, latin america, florida, south america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 3.5
 4K
Stranded (2013)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The Lunar Base Ark explores ore and unexpectedly is hit by a meteor shower and has severe damages. Colonel Gerard Brauchman sends the crewwoman Ava Cameron to repair a wing that is full of CO2. Dr. Lance Krauss warns that the gas may cause paranoia ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: trapped in space, survival, astronaut, spacecraft, supernatural, isolation, danger, confined, deadly, alien encounter, fear, paranoia ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.8
 24K
The Relic (1997)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Japan, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A researcher at Chicago's Natural History Museum returns from South America with some crates containing his findings. When the crates arrive at the museum without the owner there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, tense, macabre ...
Plot: monster, museum, police investigation, deadly creature, beast, deadly, anthropologist, gory, supernatural, human versus monster, survival, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Deadly Spawn (1983)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Two campers in the New Jersey woods have their outdoor fun interrupted by the arrival of a meteorite crashing nearby. They go to investigate the crater, but are suddenly attacked and devoured by alien parasites who have hitched a ride to Earth. ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: parasite, monster, alien, alien invasion, deadly creature, heroes, teenage life, space and aliens, anti heroes, escapades, outer space, heroic mission ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.0
 5K
Evidence (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Ryan is making a documentary on his friend, Brett, about camping for the first time. However, once they begin camping, they discover that there is a mysterious figure that is hunting them.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, suspense, no music
Plot: found footage, danger, handheld camera, supernatural, survival, in the woods, hysteria, wilderness, fear, panic, missing person, hearing noises ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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