The Thing Movie Behind The Scenes

Making The Thing

Man is the warmest place to hide...
The Thing Picture
... to be awoken and take the shapes of us...


Go behind the scenes on the 1982 Sci-Fi movie starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon

Keith David, Richard A. Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites, Norbert Weisser, Larry J. Franco, Nate Irwin, William Zeman Update Cast

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For the scenes at the Norwegian camp, Carpenter actually used the charred remains of the American camp burned at the end of the film. Much cheaper than building and burning down another camp.
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John Carpenter was not the original target for director. An initial attempt was made to engage the services of Tobe Hooper. Hooper wrote a script for the film in four weeks. It was not taken up by Universal and the project finally landed with Carpenter.
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Not many people realise that Stan Winston was called in to assist with the dog kennel scene. Winston is the special effects genius behind Aliens and the Predator.
Thanks to James Kennedy
Although the film shares the title of the Howard Hawks 1951 film, Carpenter's 'Thing' is based more on a short story titled "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell, Jr.
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The jelly that the thing squirted out was KY Jelly. The dog thing was an animatronic hand puppet, because they wanted the movement to be more organic. Norris's head was a hydraulic rod that pushed the head off and the goo was melted rubber and gum. None of the things were people in suits and they used remote controls to move most of them. At the end, where the thing is moving under the boards, it was actually a steel ball being pulled by a winch.
Thanks to J.R. Weber
Rob Bottin, who did the makeup effects, moved into the studio and worked seven days a week, eventually checking himself into a hospital for exhaustion.

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Deleted Scenes

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Alternate Versions

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