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. [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. [58] Stuntman Anthony Cecere stood in for the Palmer-Thing after MacReady sets it on fire and it crashes through the outpost wall. [115] Berlatsky noted that MacReady avoids emotional attachments and is the most paranoid, allowing him to be the hero. [25] In April 2010, it was revealed that Scott Frank had been hired to work uncredited on new dialogue for the film. [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. The piece is used throughout, I take every failure hard. "[44] According to Cundey, Bottin was very sensitive about his designs, and worried about the film showing too many of them. It was not really music at all but just background sounds, something today you might even consider as sound effects. And if you’re in the mood for a movie, check out our guide to the Best Movies on Amazon Prime. [61] In Patrick Sauriol of Coming Attractions' review, he states, "Stack it up against John Carpenter's version and it looks less shiny, but let's face it, if you’re that kind of Thing fan you’re going to go see the new movie anyway. The creation of Gillis's all-practical-effects independent horror film Harbinger Down was partially in response to this. [29] Computer Graphics were used to digitally create extensions on some of the practical animatronic effects, as well as for digital matte paintings and set extensions. My pieces were very simple electronic pieces – it was almost tones. [50] Carpenter picked a piece, closely resembling his own scores, that became the main theme used throughout the film. 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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. [8][46] Carpenter later noted that both the original ending and the ending without Childs tested poorly with audiences, which he interpreted as the film simply not being heroic enough.[8]. the Extra-Terrestrial to play Clark. After several more failed pitches by different writers, and attempts to bring on other directors, such as John Landis, the project was put on hold. [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. The remake was described as incorporating elements of The Thing from Another World and The Thing, as well as the novella Who Goes There?, and its expanded version, Frozen Hell that features several additional chapters. 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. [29], In early drafts, Windows was called Sanchez, and later Sanders. [112] The theme remains timely because the subject of paranoia adapts to the age. [23][85][86] Carpenter described it as the complete opposite of his film. [75], The Thing was often compared to similar films, particularly Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), and The Thing from Another World. The Thing is a being beyond our understanding and possesses the ability to destroy all life on Earth quickly. [52] In 2012, Morricone recalled: I've asked [Carpenter], as he was preparing some electronic music with an assistant to edit on the film, "Why did you call me, if you want to do it on your own?" In the evening, while the team is celebrating the discovery, Jameson sees the alien burst from the ice. 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. She runs outside to flag down the helicopter. I didn't take the public's taste into consideration. [23][32] Anita Dann served as casting director. [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. [109], The central theme of The Thing concerns paranoia and mistrust. [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. 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. Filming was scheduled to be completed within 98 days. 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. 25,721. [36] Filming, greatly dependent on the weather, took three weeks to complete,[38] with heavy snow making it impossible to film on some days. 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. [77] The Washington Post's Gary Arnold said it was a witty touch to open with the Thing having already overcome the Norwegian base, defeating the type of traps seen in the 1951 version,[72] while New York's David Denby lamented that the Thing's threat is only shown externally, without focusing on what it is like for someone who thinks they have been taken over. The producers discussed various replacements including Walter Hill, Sam Peckinpah and Michael Ritchie, but the development of El Diablo was not as imminent as Carpenter believed, and he remained with The Thing. [47] In total, Morricone produced a score of approximately one hour that remained largely unused, but was later released as part of the film's soundtrack. Even so, the success of Ridley Scott's 1979 science fiction horror film Alien helped revitalize the project, at which point Carpenter became loosely attached following his success with his influential slasher film Halloween (1978). [67] It ended its run earning a total of $19.6 million against its $15 million budget,[44][65] making it only the 42nd highest-grossing film of 1982. [23], Principal photography began on August 24, 1981, in Juneau, Alaska. [110] Vice's Patrick Marlborough considered The Thing to be a critical take on masculinity. [25] At its peak, Bottin had a 35-person crew of artists and technicians, and he found it difficult to work with so many people. [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. Lars orders Matias to start the helicopter and give chase. [194] A prequel film, The Thing, was released in October 2011 to a $27.4 million worldwide box office gross and mixed reviews. [174][175] An excursion of fans to the filming location in British Columbia is currently scheduled to take place in 2022, to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary. They wanted reassurance that The Thing was a first-rate production capable of attracting audiences. -- (C) Universal. The group burns the alien, killing it. [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. First Goddamn week of Winter! In an attempt to destroy the Thing, the surviving alien pilot tries to crash the space ship into earth, but is then later killed and assimilated by the thing. [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. He worked with Panasonic and a few other companies to develop a camera capable of automatically adjusting light exposure at different film speeds. [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. It had been loosely adapted once before in Howard Hawks's and Christian Nyby's 1951 film The Thing from Another World, but Foster and Turman wanted to develop a project that stuck more closely to the source material. [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. [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 Edvard-Adam-Thing attacks Carter but is burned by Kate, saving him. the Extra-Terrestrial ($619 million), a more family-friendly film released two weeks earlier that offered a more optimistic take on alien visitation. [38] Cundey suggested that the sets should have ceilings and pipes seen on camera to make the spaces seem more claustrophobic. [8] Editor Verna Fields was tasked with reworking the ending to add clarity and resolution. MacReady triggers the explosives using a stick of dynamite, destroying the base. Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. [131] Complex named it the ninth-best of the decade, calling it the "greatest genre remake of all time". I absolutely loved the use of practical effects in this film. [43][44] Stunt men covered in fire-retardant gel were used in scenes when characters are set on fire. [37], The film was shot in the anamorphic format on 35mm film, as the director dislikes the look of films shot digitally. I'm not saying I hate the movies I did. [110][111][112] Fundamentally, the film is about the erosion of trust in a small community,[113] instigated by different forms of paranoia caused by the possibility of someone not being who they say they are, or that your best friend may be your enemy. [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. 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. [25], The Thing was storyboarded extensively by Mike Ploog and Mentor Huebner before filming began. [63], The Thing was released in the United States on June 25, 1982. [23] The actors spent hours during rehearsals discussing whether they would know they were the Thing when taken over. 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"[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". [54], In designing the Thing's different forms, Bottin explained that the creature had been all over the galaxy. It attacks, consumes and imitates an individual perfectly with memories and behaviors. Fred and Barney Meet the Thing, a 1979 13-episode animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera. [38], Several scenes in the script were omitted from the film, sometimes because there was too much dialogue that slowed the pace and undermined the suspense. Sander proposes a blood serum test to check who is a creature or human but Thule's laboratory is sabotaged, and tensions flare. Development of the film began in the mid-1970s when producers David Foster and Lawrence Turman suggested to Universal Pictures an adaptation of the 1938 John W. Campbell novella Who Goes There?. Clennon said that it did not matter, because everyone acted, looked and smelled exactly the same before being taken over. [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. • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate Lloyd, an American vertebrate paleontologist graduate from Columbia University: In order to be different from Kurt Russell as the 1982 film's protagonist, R.J. MacReady, Kate Lloyd was written to have similar traits as the character Ellen Ripley from the Alien film series. The decision was made to tone down the color of the blood and viscera, although much of the filming had been completed by that point. [173], The 2007 Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, featured "The Thing: Assimilation", a haunted attraction based on the film. When filming began in August, The Thing had a budget of $11.4 million, and indirect costs brought it to $14 million. Carpenter disowned this version, and theorized that Sheinberg had been mad at him for not taking his creative ideas on board for the theatrical cut. Helicopter pilot. [16] Several characters were modernized for contemporary audiences; MacReady, originally a meteorologist, became a tough loner described in the script as "35. Eventually the Thing manages to escape and attacks them one by one. [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. Another scene featuring a snowmobile chase pursuing dogs was removed from the shooting script as it would have been too expensive to film. [108] In May 2020, an extended play (EP), Lost Cues: The Thing, was released. The adventures of a man-turned-muck monster. [65][66] It dropped out of the top 10 grossing films after three weeks. He also made some significant changes to the story, such as reducing the number of characters from 37 to 12. Similarly, others have noted a lack of visible breath from the character in the frigid air. [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". "[49] The film grossed $14,576,617 in foreign countries,[50] bringing the total worldwide box-office gross to $31,505,287. [41][54] With insufficient time to create a sophisticated mechanical creature, Winston opted to create a hand puppet. "Rob Bottin: A Wizard in the World of Special Effects : Movies: The makeup effects artist creates more high-tech illusion in the futuristic action-thriller 'Total Recall. [25] It took eight hours to rig the explosives necessary to destroy the set in the film's finale. [1], The impact on Carpenter was immediate—he lost the job of directing the 1984 science fiction horror film Firestarter because of The Thing's poor performance. [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. [10] The team also made use of the flamethrowers and magenta-hued flares used by the actors to create dynamic lighting. [30][31][33][34] Many scenes involving characters speaking Norwegian were subtitled,[35] and the language barrier between them and the English speaking characters is exploited to add to the film's feeling of paranoia. It was therefore left up to fans of the original, who are already familiar with the concept, to turn out in strong numbers. [25] However, the filmmakers drew no influence from the events of The Thing video game. [25] Powers Boothe,[2] Lee Van Cleef, Jerry Orbach, and Kevin Conway were considered for the role of Garry, and Richard Mulligan was also considered when the production experimented with the idea of making the character closer to MacReady in age. 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 Thing fared poorly at the box office. I hate that. It's a great film. "[Those] rumors are not true", Carpenter stated in the interview. "John Carpenter Q&A: Why 'Halloween' Didn't Need Sequels & What Scares The Master Of Horror. [90] David Foster responded that Stark was not involved with the film's production in any way, and received proper credit in all materials. "[1] Shortly after its release, Wilbur Stark sued Universal for $43 million for "slander, breach of contract, fraud and deceit", alleging he incurred a financial loss by Universal failing to credit him properly in its marketing and by showing his name during the end credits, a less prestigious position. Based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There?, it tells the story of a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter the eponymous "Thing", a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates, then imitates other organisms. Everyone passes the test except Palmer, whose blood jumps from the heat. An autopsy finds a metal implant of Henrik's outside of his body, and further that the alien's cells were copying Henrik's. [2] As Carpenter said in a 2014 interview, "they were just trying to make it work". Childs is left on guard while the others go to test Blair. [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. An assimilated Sander drives off into the night, pursued by Kate and Carter. He returned wearing a surgical glove beneath a black glove that was painted to resemble his complexion. Of the film's $15 million budget, $1.5 million was spent on Rob Bottin's creature effects, a mixture of chemicals, food products, rubber, and mechanical parts turned by his large team into an alien capable of taking on any form. During takeoff, Kate discovers dental fillings in a bloodied shower. [63] The response to public pre-screenings of The Thing resulted in the studio changing the somber, black-and-white advertising approved by the producers to a color image of a person with a glowing face. [36] The effects team opted to use cable-operated animatronics over more complex hydraulic controls, as they felt they gave a more "organic feel". Cohen and Foster, with a specially employed editor and Universal's archive of music, put together a 20-minute showreel emphasizing action and suspense. Masur worked daily with the wolfdog Jed and his handler, Clint Rowe, during rehearsals, as Rowe was familiarizing Jed with the sounds and smells of people. [157], In a 2011 interview, Carpenter remarked that it was close to, if not, his favorite film from his own filmography. The Thing was released in 1982 to very negative reviews. [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. The 1982 film was actually a remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World (Fresh at 89%), … [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. American paleontologist Kate Lloyd is recruited by Dr. Sander Halvorson and his assistant Adam Finch to investigate. [193], In 2005, the Syfy channel planned a four-hour miniseries sequel produced by Frank Darabont and written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. I secretly ran off and recorded in a couple of days a few pieces to use. [4] Stark also said that he "contributed greatly to the [screenplay]". I found it disappointing, for two reasons: the superficial characterizations and the implausible behavior of the scientists on that icy outpost. 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