By this time he had read the original Who Goes There? The flamethrower's leaking fuel meets its active flame, causing an explosion which knocks Edvard unconscious. Taking place in Greenland, it follows a group of stranded Norsemen who must deal with the shape-shifting creature within a desolate village. He rewrote some already completed scenes to take place outdoors to be shot on location when principal photography moved to Stewart, British Columbia. the Extra-Terrestrial ($619 million), a more family-friendly film released two weeks earlier that offered a more optimistic take on alien visitation. I wouldn't have had to make the choices that I made. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC It's not an entirely lost cause, but it is a needless one. American paleontologist Kate Lloyd is recruited by Dr. Sander Halvorson and his assistant Adam Finch to investigate. [73] David Ansen of Newsweek felt the film confused the use of effects with creating suspense, and that it lacked drama by "sacrificing everything at the altar of gore". 25 of 28 found this interesting [20] Russell was the last actor to be cast, in June 1981, by which point second unit filming was starting in Juneau, Alaska. MacReady incinerates the Norris-Thing, but its head detaches and attempts to escape before also being burnt. The creation of Gillis's all-practical-effects independent horror film Harbinger Down was partially in response to this. Screen Rant's Michael Edward Taylor draws allusions between The Thing and the accusatory Red Scares and McCarthyism, as the film conveys an anti-communist fear of infection of civilized areas that will lead to assimilation and imitation. Jo Adrian Haavind as Henrik, another Norwegian base member who assists the alien research team. The Thing was followed by Prince of Darkness in 1987, and In the Mouth of Madness in 1994. [51] Carpenter and his longtime collaborator Alan Howarth separately developed some synth-styled pieces used in the film. [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. [42] Carpenter struggled with a method of conveying to the audience what assimilation by the creature actually meant. Anderson pulled the tentacles into the Dog-Thing and reverse motion was used to create the effect of them slithering from its body. He ran away, nearly ashamed of showing it to me. The group burns the alien, killing it. [5], John Carpenter was first approached about the project in 1976 by co-producer and friend Stuart Cohen,[6] but Carpenter was mainly an independent film director, so Universal chose The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) director Tobe Hooper as they already had him under contract. [53] One abandoned idea included a series of dead baby monsters, which was deemed "too gross". A comparison between the two characters was also drawn by several reviewers. [61], The lack of information about the film's special effects drew the attention of film exhibitors in early 1982. The Atlantic's Noah Berlatsky said that unlike typical horror genre films, females are excluded, allowing the Thing to be identified as a fear of not being a man, or being homosexual. Ernie Hudson was the front-runner and was almost cast until they met with Keith David. [70], AllMusic rated the album 3.5/5 saying, "Composer Marco Beltrami's appropriately tense and brooding score for director Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.'s 2011 [prequel to] The Thing dutifully echoes Ennio Morricone's stark score for the original version, which in its own way echoed the soundtrack work of that film's director, John Carpenter. [47], The Thing's special effects were largely designed by Bottin,[18] who had previously worked with Carpenter on The Fog (1980). [107] A remastered version of the score was released on vinyl on February 23, 2017; a deluxe edition included an exclusive interview with Carpenter. Kate falls into the ship, confronting Sander, who has assumed a monstrous form. [12][172] In 2017, a 400-page art book was released featuring art inspired by The Thing, with contributions from 350 artists, a foreword by director Eli Roth, and an afterword by Carpenter. [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. They used available footage, including alternate and extended scenes not in the finished film, but avoided revealing the special effects as much as possible. Cohen suggested reusing the destroyed American camp as the ruined Norwegian camp, saving a further $250,000. [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. Likes chess. Diabolique's Daniel Clarkson Fisher notes that MacReady destroys the chess computer after being checkmated, and similarly vows to destroy the Thing, even at the expense of the team. [2][12] Russell described the all-male story as interesting, since the men had no one to posture for without women. Their work was so detailed that many of the film's shots replicate the image layout completely. [39] Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. of Amalgamated Dynamics created the practical creature effects for the film. [52] In CinemaScore polls users gave the film a "B-" on an A+ to F scale. [88] His previous success had gained him a multiple-film contract at Universal, but the studio opted to buy him out of it instead. 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. Bottin himself explained he would "hoard the work", opting to be directly involved in many of the complicated tasks. The intent with the character was to have him become infected early in the film but offscreen, so that his status would be unknown to the audience, concealing his intentions. The inside of the sets was painted in neutral colors such as gray, and many of the props were also painted gray, while the costumes were a mix of somber browns, blues, and grays. the Extra-Terrestrial, which offered an optimistic take on alien visitation; a summer that had been filled with successful science fiction and fantasy films; and an audience living through a recession, diametrically opposed to The Thing's nihilistic tone. Wild Things (1998) Wild Things 2 (2004) Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough (2005) Wild Things: Foursome (2010) Wild Things is an American series of films created by Stephen Peters. 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. It concluded its domestic run with a total of $16,928,670. MacReady triggers the explosives using a stick of dynamite, destroying the base. "[1] Some reviewers were dismissive of the film, calling it the "quintessential moron movie of the 80's", "instant junk",[32] and a "wretched excess". [25][25], The Thing received nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for Best Horror Film and Best Special Effects,[82] but lost to Poltergeist and E.T. [10], After securing the writer and crew, the film was stalled again when Carpenter nearly quit, believing that a passion project of his, El Diablo (1990), was on the verge of being made by EMI Films. It is a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name. The story followed a Russian team who recover the corpses of MacReady and Childs, and remnants of the Thing. The scene called for a set to be built on one of Universal's largest stages, with sophisticated hydraulics, dogs, and flamethrowers, but it was deemed too costly to produce. [30] Actual Norwegian and Danish actors were cast in the film to play the Norwegian characters,[25] and the director allowed the actors to improvise elements different from what was scripted when they felt it was appropriate, such as a scene where the characters sing a Norwegian folk song called "Sámiid ædnan". [93] Sidney Sheinberg edited a version of the film for network television broadcast, which added narration and a different ending, where the Thing imitates a dog and escapes the ruined camp. [105] Varèse Sarabande re-released it in 1991 on compact disc and Compact Cassette. [47][48] Carpenter flew to Rome to speak with Morricone to convince him to take the job. Childs returns, saying he became lost in the storm while pursuing Blair. [25] For Blair, the team chose the then-unknown Wilford Brimley, as they wanted an everyman whose absence would not be questioned by the audience until the appropriate time. Warner Bros. has penchant for bringing classic DC film stars back for new roles in its current projects, and Swamp Thing is no exception. [8] Approximately three minutes of scenes were filmed from Lancaster's script that elaborated on the characters' backgrounds. ", "Steven DeKnight Went From Pacific Rim Fanboy to Pacific Rim Uprising Director", "The Thing for PlayStation 2 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic", "The Thing for PC Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic", "Guillermo del Toro Praises John Carpenter in Epic Twitter Marathon", "10 great films about aliens visiting Earth", "John Carpenter: 'Halloween's a very simple film, "EXCLUSIVES[Interview] 'The Thing 2011' Screenwriter Explains How The Film Transformed Into What You Saw!!! To celebrate the character's history, the DC Universe series invited Swamp Thing film star Adrienne Barbeau back for the show, … The final foam-latex puppet, worn by Anderson, featured radio-controlled eyes and cable-controlled legs,[56] and was operated from below a raised set on which the kennel was built. When it attempts to land, Griggs transforms into a monstrous creature, attacking Olav. [8] This new ending tested only slightly better with audiences than the original, and the production team agreed to the studio's request to use it. He returned wearing a surgical glove beneath a black glove that was painted to resemble his complexion. Poltergeist received a PG rating, allowing families and younger children to view it. -- (C) Universal. Noting that Thule's helicopter is away for refueling at Halley, Edvard orders the team to drive to the closest base and they ignore her warning. Arnold said that the 1951 version was less versatile, but easier to keep in focus. They became almost a movie in themselves, and were a little too horrifying. 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. The American helicopter pilot, R.J. MacReady, and Dr. Copper leave to investigate the Norwegian base. [110] Vice's Patrick Marlborough considered The Thing to be a critical take on masculinity. As they set explosives, Blair kills Garry and Nauls disappears. All three films are heavily influenced by Carpenter's appreciation for the works of Lovecraft. Instead they collected as many portable air conditioners as they could, closed off the stage, and used humidifiers and misters to add moisture to the air. Instead, he delivered a lengthy speech about the character being a stereotype, after which the meeting ended. On their return, Nauls abandons MacReady in a snowstorm, believing he has been assimilated after finding his torn clothes in the shack. He lamented that it took a long time for The Thing to find a wider audience, saying, "If The Thing had been a hit, my career would have been different. [12][53] Carpenter conceived the Thing as a single creature, but Bottin suggested that it should be constantly changing and able to look like anything. I absolutely loved the use of practical effects in this film. [41] It took 50 people to operate the actual Blair-Thing puppet. Outside, the temperature was so low that the camera lenses would freeze and break. The story received a 2011 Hugo Award nomination. This is why I've called you." He was wary of taking on writing duties, preferring to let someone else do it. [25] The director also drew additional inspiration from the film Alien in creating the film, particularly in regard to casting a female lead,[29] and in the way the alien creatures are filmed by not showing too much of them. The Americans witness the Norwegian passenger accidentally blow up the helicopter and himself. Suspected as creatures, they are imprisoned in isolation. 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. 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. [38] On set, the director had a laptop computer which contained "a million" screen captures of the Carpenter film, which he used as a point of reference to keep the Norwegian camp visually consistent with the first film. [181] SOTA Toys released a set featuring a MacReady figure and the Dog-Thing based on the film's kennel scene,[182] and a bust of the Norris-Thing's spider-head. [74][79][72] Reviews called Bottin's work "genius",[74][73] noting the designs were novel, unforgettable, "colorfully horrific", and called him a "master of the macabre". [54] Andrew O'Hehir of called it a "Loving prequel to a horror classic", saying "It's full of chills and thrills and isolated Antarctic atmosphere and terrific Hieronymus Bosch creature effects, and if it winks genially at the plot twists of Carpenter's film, it never feels even a little like some kind of inside joke. [29] Alec Gillis stated that the advancement of animatronic technology since 1982 combined with digital effects allowed the effects team to expand upon the possible creature conceptions. [8] Carpenter, a fan of Hawks's adaptation, paid homage to it in Halloween, and he watched The Thing from Another World several times for inspiration before filming began. ", "First Set Image for Universal's Prequel to The Thing", "NYCC 2010: 'The Thing' Panel Reveals First Footage", "THE THING Prequel story line and character details", "Casting update for "The Thing" Prequel ! [109], The central theme of The Thing concerns paranoia and mistrust. [34] Camera operator Ray Stella stood in for the shots where needles were used to take blood, telling Carpenter that he could do it all day. [39] Matthijs van Heijningen preferred to use practical effects over computer imagery, as he believed actors give better performances when they have something physical to react to. ... Then when he showed me the film, later when I wrote the music, we didn't exchange ideas. He continued, "[Carpenter] and I worked on the ending of that movie together a long time. When brought to the main room, Edvard violently transforms, infects Jonas, kills Jameson, and gruesomely assimilates Adam. [111][116] Slant Magazine's John Lingsan said the men display a level of post-Vietnam War (1955–1975) "fatigued counterculturalism"—the rejection of conventional social norms, each defined by their own eccentricities. Cook created a miniature model of the set and filmed wide-angle shots of the monster in stop motion, but Carpenter was not convinced by the effect and used only a few seconds of it. The film cost $15,000,000 to produce, and debuted at #8 at the box office, with an opening weekend gross of $3.1 million. [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. "[51] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, the film a score of 49 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". [59], Cundey worked with Bottin to determine the appropriate lighting for each creature. [12][171] In January 2010, Clarkesworld Magazine published "The Things", a short story by Peter Watts told from the Thing's point of view; it is unable to understand why humans are hostile toward it. It was therefore left up to fans of the original, who are already familiar with the concept, to turn out in strong numbers. (1951) Approved | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi. According to interviews with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, her character is also largely inspired by Ellen Ripley, the central protagonist of the Alien film franchise, which, like the Thing franchise, belongs to the sci-fi horror genre. The malformed humanoid creature assimilates an isolated Bennings, but Windows interrupts the process and MacReady burns the Bennings-Thing. [97][98] An HD DVD version followed in 2006 containing the same features,[99][100] and a Blu-ray version in 2008 featuring just the Carpenter and Russell commentary, and some behind-the-scenes videos available via picture-in-picture during the film. [119] Grey describes the creature as fear of the loss of self. [4] Its box office collections were called "an outright disappointment" by Box Office Mojo, who goes on to say "[the film] was naturally at a disadvantage: a vague "thing" doesn't give prospective audiences much to latch on to. Lars aims at Matias, ordering him to open his mouth. [49] He also played the score from Escape from New York for Morricone as an example. In the alternate take, MacReady is rescued and given a blood test that proves he is not infected. [42][43], Carpenter filmed multiple endings for The Thing, including a "happier" ending because editor Todd Ramsay thought that the bleak, nihilistic conclusion would not test well with audiences. The slasher genre favors female stars as they are perceived as weaker and therefore more empathetic, providing a cathartic release when they defeat the villain, but in The Thing the men are not meant to survive. [173], The 2007 Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, featured "The Thing: Assimilation", a haunted attraction based on the film. [73] Ansen said that "atrocity for atrocity's sake" was ill-becoming of Carpenter. He also made some significant changes to the story, such as reducing the number of characters from 37 to 12. 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. The adventures of a man-turned-muck monster. [42] However, in post-release interviews, Alec Gillis revealed that while Amalgamated Dynamics creature designs for the film remained intact, most of their practical effects ended up being digitally replaced in post-production. Carpenter gave his approval to restore the ambiguous ending, but a scream was inserted over the outpost explosion to posit the monster's death. The test implicates Sander, Edvard, Adam, and Colin, who have no visible fillings, to possibly be the alien organism. "[Those] rumors are not true", Carpenter stated in the interview. [191][192] The game's plot follows a team of U.S. soldiers investigating the aftermath of the film's events. Norris estimates that the alien ship has been buried for at least 100,000 years. [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. [25] It took eight hours to rig the explosives necessary to destroy the set in the film's finale. During takeoff, Kate discovers dental fillings in a bloodied shower. [83] The film was nominated in the Razzie Awards for Worst Musical Score. They arrive at the spacecraft which suddenly activates, separating them. [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". [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. When Carpenter responded that it was up to their imagination, the audience member responded, "Oh, God. [25] Carpenter filmed the Norwegian camp scenes after the end scenes, using the damaged American base as a stand-in for the charred Norwegian camp. Eventually the Thing manages to escape and attacks them one by one. [21] In part, Carpenter cited the practicality of choosing someone he had found reliable before, and who would not balk at the difficult filming conditions. [8][45] Universal executive Sidney Sheinberg disliked the ending's nihilism and, according to Carpenter, said, "Think about how the audience will react if we see the [Thing] die with a giant orchestra playing". Werewolf And More!! "[60] Roger Ebert gave the film two and a half stars out of four, the same rating he gave the 1982 film. [50] Tarantino also cited The Thing as an inspiration for his 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. [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. Lars orders Matias to start the helicopter and give chase. [74] Roger Ebert considered the film to be scary, but offering nothing original beyond the special effects,[78] while The New York Times's Vincent Canby said it was entertaining only if the viewer needed to see spider-legged heads and dog autopsies. MacReady is forced to kill Clark in self-defense when the latter lunges at him from behind with a knife. Exposed, Palmer transforms, breaks free of his bonds, and infects Windows, forcing MacReady to burn them both. I found it disappointing, for two reasons: the superficial characterizations and the implausible behavior of the scientists on that icy outpost. At the end of the day, that was the position these people were in. [25] However, the filmmakers drew no influence from the events of The Thing video game. [23], Principal photography began on August 24, 1981, in Juneau, Alaska. While it was initially only intended to be shown as a silhouette, the director liked their designs and encouraged them to fully create the creature, which was realised by creating a monster suit that Tom Woodruff wore. [58] Stuntman Anthony Cecere stood in for the Palmer-Thing after MacReady sets it on fire and it crashes through the outpost wall. [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. 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