The Thing title

Tag line : Man is the warmest place to hide

The ThingSet in the frozen wastes of Antarctica, the occupants of a US research facility are surprised when a husky dog runs into their compound one morning, being chased by a bunch of gun toting Norwegians from another facility.

Unfortunately their helicopter crashes killing the crew, leaving the American team somewhat bewildered as to why they were shooting at a poor dog. However, as night falls, the dog they rescued starts to undergo a hideous transformation and attacks the other huskies in their kennels.

Having dealt with the bizarre creature that emerged from the dog, a small group of people from the facility, lead by R.J MacCready (Kurt Russel), head on over to the Norwegian base to see what happened there.

It turns out that the Norwegians had discovered something frozen under the ice that was not human, and made the mistake of thawing it out. It seems that the dog was actually some sort of alien being that takes over the life forms it kills, and are now faced with the worrying prospect that anyone of them could be infected with the alien organism and have no way of telling who or how many are.

Suspenseful, gripping, action packed and filled with extremely gruesome special effects (courtesy of special effects maestro Rob Bottin), it's kind of hard to imagine that this was a reworking of the old 50's B&W monster flick "The Thing from Another World". This is definitely John Carpenter's goriest film, which marked the height of his most prolific period, and one that no self respecting horror connoisseur should be without.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "The ultimate in alien terror", "Look closely at your neighbours. Don't trust anybody".

  • The films budget was $10,000,000.

  • Apparently the film was not a great financial success at the theatre first time round. This was mainly because people were put off by the reviews describing the excessive amounts of blood and gore contained in the picture. Also because it was released two weeks after "ET - The Extra Terrestrial", which was wiping out all other screen competition.

  • The original story that this and the original film were based on came from a short story entitled "Who Goes There" by John Campbell, which was written in 1938.

  • The original version of the film "The Thing from Another World" was set at the North Pole, this version is set at the South Pole.

  • A version shown on US TV in the 80's had several different scenes. This featured a narrated introduction, introducing all the main characters, an extended scene where MacCready and Fuchs discuss Blair's sanity, as well as an additional scene tacked-on to the ending, showing one of the husky dogs (presumably The Thing in disguise) running away from the charred camp, followed by another narration scene. This version did however shorten or delete all the gory scenes.

  • John Carpenter wanted to remake "The Thing" as he was a fan of the original director Howard Hawks.

  • The movie was actually filmed in the British Columbia region of Canada.

  • Some early US video versions replaced the Stevie Wonder song "Superstitious", which is playing on the cooks radio, with a different tune as Universal Pictures didn't secure the rights for the video release. This was later changed back again.

  • Apparently John Carpenter shot an alternate ending, showing MacCready waking up in a doctors office, having been rescued. But decided against using it.

  • What the Norwegian is yelling in his own language to MacCready and the others at the start of the film is "Stop, get the hell away! It's not a dog - it's just an imitation of a dog, it's a kind of thing. It imitates. Get the hell away from the dog you fucking idiots!"

  • The burned out Norwegian camp set was actually the charred remains of the American camp from the end of the film.

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