Haworth and a team of approximately twelve others then created the inside of the ship as a several story-high interior set constructed mostly out of a combination of foam, plaster, fiberglass, and plywood. The name Windows came when the actor for the role, Thomas Waites, was in a costume fitting and tried on a large pair of dark glasses, which the character wears in the film. [177] A scene in which MacReady, Bennings, and Childs chase infected dogs out into the snow is included,[178] and Nauls's disappearance is explained: Cornered by the Blair-Thing, he chooses suicide over assimilation. Carpenter opted to end the film with the survivors slowly freezing to death to save humanity from infection, believing this to be the ultimate heroic act. [23] The actors spent hours during rehearsals discussing whether they would know they were the Thing when taken over. [8][16][15] Lancaster conceived several key scenes in the film, including the Norris-Thing biting Dr. Copper, and the use of blood tests to identify the Thing, which Carpenter cited as the reason he wanted to work on the film. MacReady triggers the explosives using a stick of dynamite, destroying the base. [24] As a fan of Carpenter's film, he was interested in the project because, being European himself, he had always wondered what happened at the Norwegian camp. The Norwegian pilot fires a rifle and shouts at the Americans, but they cannot understand him and he is shot dead in self-defense by station commander Garry. [4] Universal in turn acquired the rights to remake the film from Stark, resulting in him being given an executive producer credit on all print advertisements, posters, television commercials, and studio press material. I found it disappointing, for two reasons: the superficial characterizations and the implausible behavior of the scientists on that icy outpost. Identifying the Thing requires intimacy, confession, and empathy to out the creature, but masculinity prevents this as an option. The next morning, Thule's helicopter pilot Matias returns. Suspected as creatures, they are imprisoned in isolation. [110], Nerdist's Kyle Anderson and Strange Horizons's Orrin Grey analyzed The Thing as an example of author H. P. Lovecraft's cosmic horror, the notion that ancient, inhuman beings exist that do not care about humanity in any way. Looking for the best shows on Netflix? But my career would have been different. David attended filming the next day, but when Carpenter and Franco saw his swollen hand, they sent him to the hospital where it was punctured with two pins. He ran away, nearly ashamed of showing it to me. [193], In 2005, the Syfy channel planned a four-hour miniseries sequel produced by Frank Darabont and written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. [115], Developed in an era of cold-war tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, the film refers to the threat of nuclear annihilation by mutually assured destruction. The final screening of the View The Right Thing series — in partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — presents Malcolm X, a 1992 film co-written and directed by Spike Lee.The film follows the story of pivotal activist Malcolm X via vivid depictions of major moments in his life. [114][112] It represents the distrust that humans always have for somebody else and the fear of betrayal by those we know and, ultimately, our bodies. To be included in our list of the best Amazon series, titles must be Fresh (60% or higher) with at least 10 reviews. Childs is left on guard while the others go to test Blair. [27] Heisserer explained that in writing the script, it was necessary for him to research all the information that was revealed about the Norwegian camp from the first film, down to the smallest details, so that it could be incorporated into the prequel in order to create a consistent backstory. Artist Dale Kuipers had created some preliminary paintings of the creature's look, but he left the project after being hospitalized following a traffic accident before he could develop them further with Bottin. [63], The film was nominated for two awards at the 38th Saturn Awards, but lost to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and X-Men: First Class, respectively. [184][185], Dark Horse Comics published four comic book sequels starring MacReady, beginning in December 1991 with the two-part The Thing from Another World by Chuck Pfarrer, which is set 24 hours after the film. Carpenter gave his approval to restore the ambiguous ending, but a scream was inserted over the outpost explosion to posit the monster's death. It was released in the United States on June 25, 1982 in 840 theaters and was issued an \"R\" rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (limiting attendees to 17 and older without a guardian). Their biologist, Blair, performs autopsies on the remains and finds a normal set of human organs. The outside was constantly bathed in a cold, blue light that Cundey had discovered being used on airport runways. [25] Speaking about the practical effects, he stated that acting with physical props "is much better than working with tennis balls [as markers]". Try and judge today's Thing on its own merits. [25] They would make the 27-mile (43 km) drive up a small, winding road to the filming location in Alaska where the exterior outpost sets were built. [41][54], In the "chest chomp" scene, Dr. Copper attempts to revive Norris with a defibrillator. [155] Contemporary review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes offers an 85% approval rating from 66 critics—an average rating of 7.44/10, which provides the consensus, "Grimmer and more terrifying than the 1950s take, John Carpenter's The Thing is a tense sci-fi thriller rife with compelling tension and some remarkable make-up effects. [2][7], Carpenter was reluctant to join the project, for he thought Hawks's adaptation would be difficult to surpass, although he considered the film's monster to be unnotable. 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In the evening, while the team is celebrating the discovery, Jameson sees the alien burst from the ice. Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, a 1979 13-episode animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera. [169] Pieces of Morricone's unused score for The Thing were repurposed for The Hateful Eight. In the spring, the characters are rescued by helicopter, greeting their saviors with "Hey, which way to a hot meal?". [53], Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film a rating of 3 out of 4, saying "While I wish van Heijningen's Thing weren't quite so in lust with the '82 model, it works because it respects that basic premise; and it exhibits a little patience, doling out its ickiest, nastiest moments in ways that make them stick". With Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur. [36] The ship was designed specifically to look as if it were not made to accommodate humans, but rather alien creatures of different size and shape who could walk on any surface. [78][74][32] Ebert and Denby said that The Thing seemed derivative compared to those films, which had portrayed the story in a better way. Lancaster's original set piece of Bennings's death had him pulled beneath a sheet of ice by the Thing, before resurfacing in different areas in various stages of assimilation. 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[6] Carpenter did not want to write the project himself, after recently completing work on Escape from New York (1981), and having struggled to complete a screenplay for The Philadelphia Experiment (1984). [17] The novella concludes with the humans clearly victorious, but concerned that birds they see flying toward the mainland may have been infected by the Thing. Winners were rewarded with a trip to Universal Studios. [20][25][39], The sets had been built in Alaska during the summer, atop a rocky area overlooking a glacier, in preparation for snow to fall and cover them. An assimilated Sander drives off into the night, pursued by Kate and Carter. Kate escapes; the Juliette-Thing instead kills Karl. "[8], After returning from a screening of E.T. [76][73] Spencer was critical of Carpenter's direction, saying it was his "futile" attempt to give the audience what he thinks they want and that Carpenter was not meant to direct science fiction, but was instead suited to direct "traffic accidents, train wrecks, and public floggings". [28] Clennon had read for the Bennings character, but he preferred the option of playing Palmer's "blue-collar stoner" to a "white collar science man". Each encounter with the creature was planned for areas where they could justify using a series of small lights to highlight the particular creature-model's surface and textures. "[Those] rumors are not true", Carpenter stated in the interview. [23], Carpenter's friend John Wash, who developed the opening computer simulation for Escape from New York, designed the computer program showing how the Thing assimilates other organisms. The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter's classic 1982 film of the same name. [2][12] Russell described the all-male story as interesting, since the men had no one to posture for without women. In the original ending, Kate was to discover the original pilots of the spaceship which had all been killed by The Thing, which was an escaped specimen they had collected from another planet, implying that the ship was crashed in an attempt to kill the monster. Naturally, as I had become quite clever since 1982, I've written several scores relating to my life. The scientists are met by station chief Edvard Wolner, Juliette, and Karl. [8][17] Lancaster wrote this ending, which eschews a The Twilight Zone-style twist or the destruction of the monster, as he wanted to instead have an ambiguous moment between the pair, of trust and mistrust, fear and relief. The group is overcome by paranoia and conflict as they learn that they can no longer trust each other and that any one of them could be the Thing. [31] Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje said that the film would try to recreate the feeling of paranoia and distrust that the first film had, where the characters can't tell who has been infected by the alien. [49] He also played the score from Escape from New York for Morricone as an example. Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. Other scenes featured expanded or alternate deaths for various characters. Sander proposes a blood serum test to check who is a creature or human but Thule's laboratory is sabotaged, and tensions flare. [149] Empire listed its poster as the 43rd best film poster ever. The Thing has spawned a variety of merchandise—including a 1982 novelization, haunted house attractions, board games—and sequels in comic books, a video game of the same name, and a 2011 prequel film of the same name. At the end of the day, that was the position these people were in. The flamethrower's leaking fuel meets its active flame, causing an explosion which knocks Edvard unconscious. [2] As Carpenter said in a 2014 interview, "they were just trying to make it work". [30] The prequel was filmed in Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Lands on March 22, 2010 and ended on June 28, 2010. Lars burns the Juliette-Thing with a flamethrower. A comparison between the two characters was also drawn by several reviewers. [72] Variety called it "the most vividly gruesome horror film to ever stalk the screens". The soundtrack was released under the label Varèse Sarabande. [117] Den of Geek's Mark Harrison and Ryan Lambie said that the essence of humanity is free will, which is stripped away by the Thing, possibly without the individual being aware that they have been taken over. [157], In a 2011 interview, Carpenter remarked that it was close to, if not, his favorite film from his own filmography. Trapped by pride and stunted emotional growth, the men are unable to confront the truth out of fear of embarrassment or exposure. The next morning, the helicopter crew departs with Olav, for McMurdo. Added to Watchlist. [73], The plot was criticized as "boring",[74] and undermined by the special effects. The adventures of a man-turned-muck monster. The piece is used throughout, I take every failure hard. [115] Berlatsky noted that MacReady avoids emotional attachments and is the most paranoid, allowing him to be the hero. Players take on the role of characters from the film or the Thing, each aiming to defeat the other through subterfuge and sabotage. While both aspects are present in MacReady, their absence in Childs has been explained as a technical issue with the filming. Two, John Sayles and Edgar Wright, cited The Thing. I loved all of the characters and the suspense. [1], — John Carpenter in 2008 on the contemporary reception of The Thing[69], The film received negative reviews on its release, and hostility for its cynical, anti-authoritarian tone and graphic special effects. [191][192] The game's plot follows a team of U.S. soldiers investigating the aftermath of the film's events. [42] Carpenter struggled with a method of conveying to the audience what assimilation by the creature actually meant. [37] During the journey there, the crew bus slid in the snow toward the unprotected edge of the road, nearly sending it down a 500-foot (150 m) embankment. American paleontologist Kate Lloyd is recruited by Dr. Sander Halvorson and his assistant Adam Finch to investigate. Production began in the mid-1970s as a faithful adaptation of the novella, following 1951's The Thing from Another World. It tells the story of a team of Norwegian and American scientists who discover a parasitic alien buried deep in the ice of Antarctica, realizing too late that it is still alive. [10] The team also made use of the flamethrowers and magenta-hued flares used by the actors to create dynamic lighting. "[62] A brief review in Fangoria refers to the film as "Matthijs van Heijningen's prequel that proves modern CGI is no match for old-school makeup FX". [75] The Los Angeles Times's Linda Gross said that The Thing was "bereft, despairing, and nihilistic", and lacking in feeling, meaning the characters' deaths did not matter. or "anti-science" like The Thing from Another World, Carpenter chose "pro-human", stating, "It's better to be a human being than an imitation, or let ourselves be taken over by this creature who's not necessarily evil, but whose nature it is to simply imitate, like a chameleon. Discussions with the studio involved using actors Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, or Nick Nolte, who were either unavailable or declined, and Sam Shepard, who showed interest but was never pursued. [40] Filmed when the heavy use of special effects was rare, the actors had to adapt to having Carpenter describe to them what their characters were looking at, as the effects would not be added until post-production. The Americans witness the Norwegian passenger accidentally blow up the helicopter and himself. "[158], The film has had a significant impact on popular culture,[133] and by 1998, The Thing was already considered a cult classic. It is a direct prequel to the 1982 film of the same name by John Carpenter, which was an adaptation of the 1938 novella Who Goes There? Lars orders Matias to start the helicopter and give chase. They relied on the lighting to add color. They used available footage, including alternate and extended scenes not in the finished film, but avoided revealing the special effects as much as possible. The producers were ultimately unhappy with Hooper and his writing partner Kim Henkel's concept. [11], Geoffrey Holder, Carl Weathers, and Bernie Casey were considered for the role of Childs, and Carpenter also looked at Isaac Hayes, having worked with him on Escape from New York. [36] Director Matthijs van Heijningen said that the film would show the alien creature in its "pure form", as it was discovered in its ship by the Norwegians; however, it is not revealed whether this is the creature's original form or the form of another creature it had assimilated. Lars and Jonas go to get Carter and Jameson for testing, and as Lars searches an outer building, he is pulled inside. The outcome of the lawsuits is unknown. I thought the cinematography as well. [37], The film was shot in the anamorphic format on 35mm film, as the director dislikes the look of films shot digitally. (1951) Approved | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi. In the alternate take, MacReady is rescued and given a blood test that proves he is not infected. Carpenter considered this a suggestion that he lower his expectations of the film's performance. In the winter of 1982, a buried alien spacecraft is discovered in Antarctica by Lars, Peder and Olav, members of a Norwegian research station, "Thule". He removed scenes from Lancaster's script that had been filmed, such as a body suddenly falling into view at the Norwegian camp, which he felt were too clichéd. [22][23] Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. became involved in the project when his first planned feature film, a sequel to the Dawn of the Dead remake, a zombie film taking place in Las Vegas written and produced by Zack Snyder, who directed the Dawn of the Dead remake, and co-produced by Abraham and Newman, called Army of the Dead, was cancelled by the studio three months before production began. My pieces were very simple electronic pieces – it was almost tones. [30] On its opening day, a special screening was held at the Hollywood Pacific Theatre, presided over by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, with free admission for those in costume as monsters. [79][72] Arnold said that the "chest chomp" scene demonstrated "appalling creativity" and the subsequent severed head scene was "madly macabre", comparing them to Alien's chest burster and severed head scenes. [37] Carpenter insisted on two weeks of rehearsals before filming as he wanted to see how scenes would play out. The Thing from Another World (1951) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. [59], Cundey worked with Bottin to determine the appropriate lighting for each creature. Another scene featuring a snowmobile chase pursuing dogs was removed from the shooting script as it would have been too expensive to film. "[57] Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly rated the film three out of five stars and wrote, "Winstead makes for an appealing protagonist, and Kate is portrayed as competent without being thrust into some unlikely action-hero role. Tom Atkins and Jack Thompson were strong early and late contenders for the role of MacReady, but the decision was made to go with Russell.

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