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[193], In 2005, the Syfy channel planned a four-hour miniseries sequel produced by Frank Darabont and written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. [104], MCA released the soundtrack for The Thing in 1982. [8] Editor Verna Fields was tasked with reworking the ending to add clarity and resolution. [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. Hates the cold. [41] The film's computer-generated imagery was created by Image Engine, the effects house who worked on Neil Blomkamp's 2009 film District 9. [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". The American helicopter pilot, R.J. MacReady, and Dr. Copper leave to investigate the Norwegian base. [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. The film stars Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite, and Douglas Spencer. In Antarctica, a Norwegian helicopter pursues a sled dog to an American research station. "[Those] rumors are not true", Carpenter stated in the interview. By this time he had read the original Who Goes There? John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. In the evening, while the team is celebrating the discovery, Jameson sees the alien burst from the ice. [37], The film was shot in the anamorphic format on 35mm film, as the director dislikes the look of films shot digitally. [47][48] Carpenter flew to Rome to speak with Morricone to convince him to take the job. They fly to Thule in an American helicopter operated by Sam Carter, a pilot, Derek Jameson, co-pilot, and Griggs, a crewman. This is why I've called you." 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). [10] They were used for both interior and exterior filming, meaning they could not be heated above freezing inside to ensure there was always snow on the roof. Carol Susan Jane Danvers is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan, Danvers first appeared as an officer in the United States Air Force and a colleague of the Kree superhero Mar-Vell in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968). The reaction from the exclusively male exhibitors was generally positive, and Universal executive Robert Rehme told Cohen that the studio was counting on The Thing's success, as they expected E.T. And if you’re in the mood for a movie, check out our guide to the Best Movies on Amazon Prime. The assistants then had to run to a safe distance while seven cameras captured the base's destruction. [59] Jim Vejvoda of IGN Movies also rated the film two-and-a-half out of five, saying, "This incarnation of The Thing is much like the creature it depicts: An insidious, defective mimic of the real, er, thing. He completed it in 24 hours, based only on a briefing, knowing little about the film. Ernie Hudson was the front-runner and was almost cast until they met with Keith David. I found it disappointing, for two reasons: the superficial characterizations and the implausible behavior of the scientists on that icy outpost. [36] A section of the craft called the "pod room" was designed to imply the alien creatures manning it had collected specimens of different alien species from around the universe for a zoological expedition. Although ultimately cancelled, pre-production artwork and two screenplays were … Filming was scheduled to be completed within 98 days. [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. Kate burns the Carter-Thing which emits an alien scream, and she seeks warmth in a nearby snowcat. [41] The explosive destruction of the base required the camera assistants to stand inside the set with the explosives, which were activated remotely. [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". "[55] James Berardinelli gave it three stars out of four, saying that it "offers a similar overall experience" to the 1982 film, but "without replicating styles and situations". [50] Tarantino also cited The Thing as an inspiration for his 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. As storyboarding and designs were finalized, the crew estimated they would need at least $750,000 for creature effects, a figure Universal executives agreed to after seeing the number of workers employed under Rob Bottin, the special make-up effects designer. It's a great film. [14] After one market research screening, Carpenter queried the audience on their thoughts, and one audience member asked, "Well what happened in the very end? Masur and David discussed their characters in rehearsals and decided that they would not like each other. The film stars Kurt Russell as the team's helicopter pilot, R.J. MacReady, and features A. Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, and Thomas G. Waites in supporting roles. Lancaster said that 37 was excessive and would be difficult for audiences to follow, leaving little screen time for characterization. Cohen and Foster, with a specially employed editor and Universal's archive of music, put together a 20-minute showreel emphasizing action and suspense. Colin has committed suicide, using a straight razor. Kate burns Jonas and Jameson before she and Carter pursue the monster, which assimilates Sander. [42] Carpenter struggled with a method of conveying to the audience what assimilation by the creature actually meant. [2], Universal initially set a budget of $10 million, with $200,000 for "creature effects", which at the time was more than the studio had ever allocated to a monster film. Carpenter conceived the Thing as a single creature, but Bottin s… What didn't work was that she wanted to find Sander and stop the ship from taking off and still solve the mystery in the ship. Carpenter blamed some of the issues on his directorial method, noting that several scenes appeared to be repeating events or information. [62] While finalizing the film, Universal sent Carpenter a demographic study showing that the audience appeal of horror films had declined by 70% over the previous six months. [8] Once Carpenter was confirmed as the director, several writers were asked to script The Thing, including Richard Matheson, Nigel Kneale, and Deric Washburn. [92], While The Thing was not initially successful, it was able to find new audiences and appreciation on home video, and later on television. She runs outside to flag down the helicopter. [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. They became almost a movie in themselves, and were a little too horrifying. In 2011, Howarth and Larry Hopkins restored Morricone's score using updated digital techniques, and arranged each track in the order it appears in the film. [8][186] A 2002 video game of the same name was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, and Xbox to generally favorable reviews. [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. 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. 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. In a deleted scene of the 2011's The Thing prequel, it was to be hinted that the crashed UFO'S original aliens (the Pilots), who had first discovered the Thing whilst on a planet zoological expedition, and store it for examination. In the subsequent years it has been reappraised as one of the best science fiction and horror films ever made, and has gained a cult following. [103] A 4K resolution restoration was released in 2017 on Blu-ray, initially as a United Kingdom exclusive with a limited run of 8,000 units. Exhausted and slowly freezing to death, they acknowledge the futility of their distrust and share a bottle of scotch. [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. Carpenter considered this a suggestion that he lower his expectations of the film's performance. The Thing focuses on being unable to trust one's peers, but this can be interpreted as distrust of entire institutions. Carpenter said that Lancaster's experience writing ensemble pieces did not emphasize single characters. He drew parallels between the novella and Agatha Christie's mystery novel And Then There Were None (1939), and noted that the story of Who Goes There? [149] Empire listed its poster as the 43rd best film poster ever. Taking place in Greenland, it follows a group of stranded Norsemen who must deal with the shape-shifting creature within a desolate village. These two energies were in conflict. [16] In August 1979, Lancaster was contacted again. There were some puppets used to create the impression of what was happening in the scene, but in other cases the cast would be looking at a wall or an object marked with an X. "[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". In the finished film, Fuchs's charred bones are discovered, revealing he has died offscreen, but an alternate take sees his corpse impaled on a wall with a shovel. [20] Foster, Franco, and Lancaster, along with other members of the crew, make a cameo appearance in a recovered photograph of the Norwegian team. "[60] Roger Ebert gave the film two and a half stars out of four, the same rating he gave the 1982 film. ", "Update: A Massive Amount of Norwegians Fill 'The Thing' Cast", "New Character Details of 'The Thing' Prequel", "The Thing Prequel: Are These 'Them Crazy Swedes'? 7.1/10. [186] This was followed by the four-part The Thing from Another World: Climate of Fear in July 1992,[188] the four-part The Thing from Another World: Eternal Vows in December 1993,[189] and The Thing from Another World: Questionable Research. With Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur. [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. The adventures of a man-turned-muck monster. [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. To be included in our list of the best Amazon series, titles must be Fresh (60% or higher) with at least 10 reviews. I love that, over the years, that movie has gotten its due because people were able to get past the horrificness of the monster... to see what the movie was about, which was paranoia. [69], The music composed for the film by Marco Beltrami was released in October 11, 2011. [11][12] By the end of production, Carpenter had to make a personal appeal to executive Ned Tanen for $100,000 to complete a simplified version of the Blair-Thing. As well as including previous features such as the commentary and Terror Takes Shape, it added interviews with the cast and crew, and segments that focus on the music, writing, editing, Ploog's artwork, an interview with Alan Dean Foster, who wrote the film's novelization, and the television broadcast version of The Thing that runs 15 minutes shorter than the theatrical cut. Sander proposes a blood serum test to check who is a creature or human but Thule's laboratory is sabotaged, and tensions flare. [36] Filming, greatly dependent on the weather, took three weeks to complete,[38] with heavy snow making it impossible to film on some days. [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. Ennio Morricone composed the film's score, as Carpenter wanted The Thing to have a European musical approach. [139] Numerous publications have ranked it as one of the best science fiction films, including number four by IGN (2016);[140] number 12 by Thrillist (2018);[141] number 17 by GamesRadar+ (2018);[142] number 31 by Paste (2018);[143] number 32 by Esquire (2015) and Popular Mechanics (2017);[144][145] and number 76 by Rotten Tomatoes (2017) based on its average review score. [19], Kurt Russell was involved in the production before being cast, helping Carpenter develop his ideas. That night, Carter and Jameson improbably stagger back to the base. [90] David Foster responded that Stark was not involved with the film's production in any way, and received proper credit in all materials. Free Digitally, Wow! Kate escapes; the Juliette-Thing instead kills Karl. In the end, this is an amazing film and one of the best horror films. [56] Christopher Orr of The Atlantic wrote that the narrative choices open to a prequel "exist on a spectrum from the unsurprising to the unfaithful", but van Heijningen "has managed this balancing act about as well as could be hoped" and although the line between homage and apery is a fine one, "in our age of steady knockoffs, retreads, and loosely branded money grabs, The Thing stands out as a competent entertainment, capably executed if not particularly inspired. [72], The Thing from Another World actor Kenneth Tobey and director Christian Nyby also criticized the film. [29] Masur also read for Garry, but he asked to play Clark instead, as he liked the character's dialogue and was also a fan of dogs. The team imprisons him in a tool shed. [108] In May 2020, an extended play (EP), Lost Cues: The Thing, was released. Cohen suggested reusing the destroyed American camp as the ruined Norwegian camp, saving a further $250,000. MacReady, Windows and Nauls find Fuchs's burnt corpse and surmise he committed suicide to avoid assimilation. [2][3] In 1976, Wilbur Stark had purchased the remake rights to 23 RKO Pictures films, including The Thing from Another World, from three Wall Street financiers who did not know what to do with them, in exchange for a return when the films were produced. [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. Blair grows paranoid that the creature could assimilate all life on Earth in a matter of years. Looking for the best shows on Netflix? "[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. ", "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 ! [170] The 2015 Tarantino film The Hateful Eight takes numerous cues from The Thing, from featuring Russell in a starring role, to replicating themes of paranoia and mistrust between characters restricted to a single location, and even duplicating certain angles and layouts used by Carpenter and Cundey. Carter and Jameson break into the main building, shooting Peder dead before he can burn them, puncturing his flamethrower's tank in the process. ", "Universal Studios Hollywood unveils mazes for Halloween Horror Nights 2011", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Thing_(2011_film)&oldid=1000057169, Films based on science fiction short stories, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "It's a really fascinating way to construct a story because we're doing it by autopsy, by examining very, very closely everything we know about the Norwegian camp and about the events that happened there from photos and video footage that's recovered, from a visit to the base, the director, producer and I have gone through it countless times marking, you know, there's a fire axe in the door, we have to account for that…we're having to reverse engineer it, so those details all matter to us ‘cause it all has to make sense.". "[44] According to Cundey, Bottin was very sensitive about his designs, and worried about the film showing too many of them. ... Then when he showed me the film, later when I wrote the music, we didn't exchange ideas. [120][121] In a 1982 interview, when given the option to describe The Thing as "pro-science" like Who Goes There? [11] The effects budget ran over, eventually totaling $1.5 million, forcing the elimination of some scenes, including Nauls's confrontation of a creature dubbed the "box Thing". [72] Variety called it "the most vividly gruesome horror film to ever stalk the screens". Lars burns the Juliette-Thing with a flamethrower. [30] The Thing opened on the same day as the science fiction film Blade Runner, which debuted as the number two film that weekend with a take of $6.1 million and went on to earn $33.8 million. [54] Bottin's crew also included mechanical aspect supervisor Dave Kelsey, make-up aspect coordinator Ken Diaz, moldmaker Gunnar Ferdinansen, and Bottin's longtime friend Margaret Beserra, who managed painting and hair work. [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. 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. Warner Bros. has penchant for bringing classic DC film stars back for new roles in its current projects, and Swamp Thing is no exception. The flamethrower's leaking fuel meets its active flame, causing an explosion which knocks Edvard unconscious. 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. [8][18] Lancaster's original ending had both MacReady and Childs turn into the Thing. "The Thing" is a great barf-bag movie, all right, but is it any good? "[71], On September 21, 2011, Dark Horse Comics released a three-part digital-only prequel comic called "The Thing: The Northman Nightmare" over a weekly-basis. As they set explosives, Blair kills Garry and Nauls disappears. It was not really music at all but just background sounds, something today you might even consider as sound effects. The Thing was just too strong for that time. [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. 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. [23][85][86] Carpenter described it as the complete opposite of his film. This film, the first in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's "View the Right Thing" film and discussion series, stars Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson and more. [199], Although released years apart, and unrelated in terms of plot, characters, crew, or even production studios, Carpenter considers The Thing to be the first installment in his "Apocalypse Trilogy", a series of films based around cosmic horror, entities unknown to man, that are threats to both human life and the sense of self. Exposed, Palmer transforms, breaks free of his bonds, and infects Windows, forcing MacReady to burn them both. The Thing (2011 film), a prequel to the 1982 film. Enjoy a screening of Spike Lee's Malcolm X, followed by an audience discussion.. [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. American paleontologist Kate Lloyd is recruited by Dr. Sander Halvorson and his assistant Adam Finch to investigate. [26] T. K. Carter was cast as Nauls, but comedian Franklyn Ajaye also came in to read for the role. 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. 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. The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and written by Bill Lancaster. The helicopter spins out of control, crashing in the mountains. He wanted to try filming the creature at fast and slow speeds thinking this would create a more interesting visual effect, but they were unable to accomplish this at the time. [61], The lack of information about the film's special effects drew the attention of film exhibitors in early 1982. Franco also played the Norwegian wielding a rifle and hanging out of the helicopter during the opening sequence. [72] Starlog's Alan Spencer called it a "cold and sterile" horror movie attempting to cash in on the genre audience, against the "optimism of E.T., the reassuring return of Star Trek II, the technical perfection of Tron, and the sheer integrity of Blade Runner". [56] Winston refused to be credited for his work, insisting that Bottin deserved sole credit; Winston was given a "thank you" in the credits instead. During the film series, attendees will have the opportunity to explore both the work of … [186][187] Pfarrer was reported to have pitched his comic tale to Universal as a sequel in the early 1990s. Writing ensemble pieces did not compete with the shape-shifting creature within a village. 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