Movies like The Thing

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The Thing (1982)
 8.1
 385K
The Thing (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
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, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, atmospheric, suspense, cult film, serious, splatter, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, alien encounter, space and aliens, paranoia, lovecraftian, fear, survival, evil, creature, scientist, mutation, supernatural, danger, isolation, suspicion, snow, transformation, trapped, characters in danger, death, research, abandoned, quarantine, spacecraft ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: antarctica, south pole

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Most similar movies to The Thing

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, suspense, scary and weird films with plots about blood, monster, danger, transformation, survival, fear and creature mostly in Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Thing: Alien (1979), The Void (2016), The Faculty (1998), The Mist (2007), Life (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.4
 818K
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, futuristic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: alien, space travel, space and aliens, monster, evil alien, outer space, spacecraft, deadly creature, alien encounter, fear, alien monster, scientist ...
Time: future, distant future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 6.2
 126K
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, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, deadly creature, evil alien, space and aliens, alien encounter, gory, danger, chase, survival, alien invasion, survival horror ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1982
Place: antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 5.9
 33K
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: dark, macabre, stylized, sinister, retro ...
Plot: lovecraftian, another dimension, body horror, mutation, insanity, hospital, monster, murder, nurse, brutality, transformation, violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 6.5
 116K
The Faculty (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, 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: alien invasion, alien, parasite, youth, teenage life, evil alien, space and aliens, first contact, teachers and students, high school life, small town, high school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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 7.1
 289K
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: bleak, bad ending, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, monster, apocalypse, stephen king, fog, trapped, fear, deadly creature, creature, tentacle, chaos and mayhem, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.6
 215K
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: tragic ending, scary, suspense, apocalyptic, tense ...
Plot: space station, survival horror, trapped in space, lovecraftian, alien life-form, mars, space travel, astronaut, monster, outer space, twists & turns, research ...
Time: near future, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 5.8
 20K
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: scary, suspenseful, rough, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: monster, ocean, ship, survival, experiment gone awry, race against time, isolation, danger, rescue, mutant, suicide, shipwreck ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.5
 34K
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, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: quarantine, evil alien, small town, survival, danger, chaos, race against time, hazmat suit, space and aliens, alien encounter, deadly creature, slime ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 147K
Pandorum (2009)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK
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, scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, isolation, survival, mutant, space and aliens, danger, mission, memory loss, post apocalypse, fear ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, tense, rough, suspenseful, retro ...
Plot: military, creature feature, infection, fishing boat, creature, transformation, alien, scientist, radiation, ship, fear, toxic ...
Time: year 1982
Place: alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
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: gothic, surreal, neo noir, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: lovecraftian, insanity, hallucination, disappearance, investigation, paranoia, h.p. lovecraft, police brutality, gory, mind game, hallucinations, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new england, new hampshire, europe, england, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.7
 167K
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: suspenseful, scary, futuristic, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, nightmare, lovecraftian, outer space, space station, hallucination, insanity, space and aliens, supernatural, trapped in space, danger, violence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.8
 385K
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, deadly creature, survival, hunting, warrior, jungle, creature, trap, evil alien, chase, danger ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, twentieth century, year 1987, future
Place: latin america, central america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.8
 295K
Annihilation (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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, gothic ...
Plot: female protagonist, expedition, mutation, lovecraftian, dna, scientist, transformation, research, missing person, psychologist, genetics, quarantine ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida, pakistan, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.0
 582K
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, dark, scary, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, space and aliens, alien encounter, androids, fantasy world, spacecraft, space travel, mysterious planet, expedition, distant planet, hi-tech, outer space ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.0
 19K
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: evil alien, soldier, alien invasion, military base, zombie, sleeping, emotionless, teenage life, research, toxic, danger, cloning ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 1950s, 50s
Place: atlanta georgia, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.2
 12K
The Thaw (2009)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, 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, serious, suspenseful, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: deadly creature, quarantine, plague, parasite, deadly, survival, infected, danger, global warming, expedition, scientist, isolation ...
Time: prehistory, contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.1
 103K
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, ocean, paranoia, underwater, psychologist, ocean or sea, space and aliens, survival, supernatural, danger, adventure ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 6.5
 286K
Alien³ (1992)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
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, deadly creature, alien, human versus alien, space travel, outer space, suspended animation, redemption, spacecraft, survival, danger, cryogenics ...
Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 8.3
 675K
Aliens (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story, all contact is ...
Style: scary, frightening, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, space travel, space and aliens, deadly creature, strong female character, outer space, human versus alien, survival, evil alien, space colony, female warrior, space marine ...
Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Blood Glacier (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 98 min.
Story: At a climate research station in the Alps, the scientists are stunned as the nearby melting glacier is leaking a red liquid. It quickly turns to be very special juice — with unexpected genetic effects on the local wildlife.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, exciting, slasher
Plot: iceberg, glacier, monster, scientist, survival, dangerous animal, danger, deadly creature, isolation, mutant, impalement, research facility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alps, germany, europe, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.4
 20K
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, twist ending, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, small town, sheriff, hotel, survival, apocalypse, extinction, danger, monster, military, good versus evil, quarantine ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.4
 4K
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, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: brother brother relationship, shape shifting, curse, demon, creature, weekend, shapeshifting, weekend getaway, monster, danger, isolation, mutation ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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: scary, mind bending, surreal, suspenseful, odd ...
Plot: dark humor, creature, supernatural, death, deathtrap, monster, zombie, danger, cabin in the woods, survival, trapped, in the woods ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2009, 20th century ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 35K
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, macabre, bleak, bloody, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: creature, zombie, survival, blood splatter, infected, parasite, virus, weekend, partners in crime, death, infection, torn in half ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 264K
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship 'Covenant' discovers what is thought to be an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world – which has its sole inhabitant the ...
Style: bad ending, enigmatic, suspense, twist ending, futuristic ...
Plot: alien, androids, space travel, outer space, alien life-form, human versus alien, monster, parasite, alien parasite, alien technology, robot, creature ...
Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ 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, investigation, danger, body swapping, alien encounter, biologist, apocalypse, supernatural, sleeping, lookalikes, chaos ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Color Out of Space (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Malaysia, Portugal
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Gardner family moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard, melts into the earth, and infects both the land ...
Style: suspense, apocalyptic, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: meteorite, mutation, farm, family, infected, alien invasion, husband wife relationship, mind control, self mutilation, alien monster, teenage boy, little boy ...
Place: new england, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.1
 16K
Breach (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A hardened mechanic must stay awake and maintain an interstellar ark fleeing the dying planet Earth with a few thousand lucky souls on board... the last of humanity. Unfortunately, humans are not the only passengers. A shapeshifting alien creature ...
Style: suspense, futuristic, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: space travel, space and aliens, evil alien, trapped in space, alien monster, alien encounter, monster, survival horror, outer space, spacecraft, alien parasite, danger ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 162K
Evil Dead (2013)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, New Zealand, Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Evil Dead, the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot and as a loose continuation of the series, features Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with a group of friends where the ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, bloody, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: demons, gory, supernatural, zombie, survival, demon, friendship, blood, curses spells and rituals, isolation, rape, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%