Research expedition in Alaska finds a flying saucer buried in the ice. Unfortunately the occupant of said saucer gets accidentally thawed out, and he has no peaceful intentions towards us Earthlings...
One of the first great sci-fi films of the Fifties that still manages to hold up today. It does have to be said that the Thing, when finally revealed, is not scary at all...but how scary could a space carrot be? The film does reflect America's long-standing anti-science bias. The sciences as portrayed are all implied to be commies, and it's up to the manly men with the guns to save the world. Real life doesn't work that way, as witness the Coronavirus pandemic. But the attitudes remain the same. "Sad!"
Remade three decades later by John Carpenter as a much closer (and grislier) adaptation of John W. Campbell's original story.
Spencer's reporter is possibly the most irritating movie character outside of an Adam Sandler film, but he does have one of the best lines in movie history: "Keep watching the skies!!!"