The Thing parents guide

The Thing

A group of scientists (Ulrich Thomsen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton) are excited to discover an alien life form frozen in the ice of Antarctica. But their wildest imaginings about the mysterious creature don't prepare them for the horror that awaits when the monster suddenly comes to life and begins preying upon them.

Why is The Thing rated R? The MPAA rated The Thing R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language.

The Thing
Rating & Content Info

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

Why is The Thing rated R? The Thing is rated R by the MPAA for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Frequent and prolonged portrayals of graphic violence, with blood and tissue damage shown.

- Violent acts depicted in a realistic manner with details and extreme brutality.

- Frequent portrayals of creature, gun, and weapons violence, with blood, gore and detail.

- Frequent nightmarish and frightening images, often in a transformation context, with blood, gore and detail.

- Several scenes of explicit violence depicting mutilation, impalement, dismemberment and burning.

- Frequent disturbing scenes.

- Frequent gory and grotesque images.

Sexual Content:

- Mild sexual language and references.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive in non-sexual contexts.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang, profanity, cursing, and vulgar expressions; .

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Tobacco use.

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The Thing
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 18A Explicit Violence.
Alberta 18A Gory Violence.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Gory Scenes.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Gory Scenes, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Horror.
Martimes 18A
Canadian Home Video

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News About "The Thing"

Cast and Crew

The Thing is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Thing movie is January 31, 2012. Here are some details…

The Thing releases to home video on January 31, 2012.

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Other mysterious aliens frozen on Earth are uncovered in the movies The Day the Earth Stood Still and Transformers. For a more realistic look at Antarctica and the people doing research there, check out the documentary Encounters at the End of the World.