John Carpenter’s Classic The Thing Returns to Cinemas in Celebration of its 40th Anniversary

DENVER (May 24, 2022) ––Hailed as one of the best sci-fi horror films of all time, John Carpenter’s The Thing returns to theaters this June, courtesy of Fathom Events and Universal Pictures.

John Carpenter’s 1982 classic film fused Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visual effects to create a chilling new adaptation of the 1938 short story by John W. Campbell Jr., “Who Goes There?” Set in the winter of 1982 at a research station in Antarctica, the film, featuring an iconic score from Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Ennio Morricone, follows a twelve-man research team that discovers an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has remained buried in the snow for more than 100,000 years. Soon it is unfrozen and unleashed, creating havoc and terror as it changes forms and becomes one of them.

The Fathom Events presentation will also feature vintage, behind-the-scenes footage from the 1998 documentary The Thing: Terror Takes Shape by Michael Matessino.

This two-day-only presentation is in theaters on Sunday, June 19 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm local time and Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm local time.

The Thing has been called one of the greatest horror movies ever made and has inspired many other films and directors including Guillermo Del Toro, J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino, who used The Thing as inspiration for his gritty classic, Reservoir Dogs. While the movie’s visual effects were stunning, the underlying emotional tension of the movie – paranoia and the terror of being unable to trust even your most loyal friends – make the film universally relatable, timeless…and horrifying.

Tickets to The Thing can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 800 movie theaters, nationwide on Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

For artwork/photos related to “The Thing,”visit the Fathom Eventspress site.


About Fathom Events

Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information,

About Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


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