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Cool Item From John Carpenter's THE THING Up For Sale!!

Merrick here...
If you're a big fan of John Carpenter's THE THING, like I am, then


...might be of interest to you! I know many AICN readers are (rightfully) nuts for this film, so I thought a heads up might be in order. Good luck!

Hey folks, Harry here.... I talked to a member of the Visual Effects team on THE THING today and he says it looks absolutely for real. Not being able to physically handle it - he says it's either an extremely good replica - or the real thing. That said - he believes it to be the real THING.

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  • March 3, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by Cakeocalypse

    Yeah, and the thing is cool too

  • March 3, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Me wants, but got no money.

    by DerLanghaarige

  • March 3, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I don't remember seeing that in the movie.

    by Gilkuliehe

    And it does look kinda half-baked to me. Are we sure it's legit? Too damn expensive anyway. If it was the spider head or the banana dog I would sell my sister to get it, but this? No, thanks.

  • March 3, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    You gotta be fuckin' kiddin'!!!

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • March 3, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    "Windows.... blast em!"

    by dirtsandwich

    Awesome movie

  • March 3, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Supply window!

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • March 3, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I know you gentlemen have been through a lot..

    by _SnakePlissken_

    ...but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

  • March 3, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    The spider head would be cooler

    by skimn

    but would be priced out of this world. And I think someone ( Bottin maybe? ) already owns it.

  • March 3, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    You know it's a slow news day

    by Lost Jarv

    when you get Merrick posting shit like this. I love The Thing but that's just a fucking plug for ebay. <P>Mind you, we should be grateful that he isn't posting youtube footage of kermit sucking his own cock or some other such rubbish.

  • March 3, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Wilford Brimley has diabetes

    by la_sith

    Is there a Wilford Brimley prop? I've got important news from Liberty Mutual

  • March 3, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Now, how does this motherfucker wake up

    by dirtsandwich

    after thousands of years in the ice?

  • March 3, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Do you believe any of this voodoo bullshit?

    by dirtsandwich

  • March 3, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR


  • March 3, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Cheap bitch!

    by dirtsandwich

  • March 3, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Wilford approves of this auction

    by ArcadianDS

    Because its the right thing to do, and the right way to do it.

  • March 3, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    What is it!?


    it says its the thing that escapes from the Petri dish when McCreedy tests the blood but I don't remember a Toothy tadpole monster!? <P>The Thing is probably my favourite Horror movie of all time but I'd rather not remorgage my house to buy something that looks like a pink turd with teeth and if I did buy it I'd be too embarrassed to display it coz my wife would ask -''What's That?''<P>It's from The THING<P>''What Thing?''<P>The Movie The THING!<P>''Are You Sure? How much was it?<P>$3,500 big ones!<P>''You're divorced,You Dick!''<P>SLAP!!!

  • March 3, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    What do we do now?

    by El Cimarron

    Why don't we just wait here for a little while... see what happens...

  • March 3, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I just watched the Blood Test clip on YouTube

    by Curious_Jorge

    The thing that pops out of the petri dish isn't that big or that well defined.

  • March 3, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    So how do you know who's human?

    by dirtsandwich

  • March 3, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    cool but no cash. Bummer.

    by Gabba-UK

    but would really love to have it.

  • March 3, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Cool, but in an hour i´m gonna buy a PS3

    by CuervoJones

    And then i will be poor again.

  • March 3, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    For $3500, I at least want to see what I'm buying

    by BenBraddock

    Those photos suck! Dude, do yourself a favour and charge your flash next time. By the way, that wasn't the thing in the petri dish, I'm pretty sure. Could be wrong though. I guess I'll just have to watch the movie again, hee hee..

  • March 3, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    YouTube: Blood Test scene

    by Curious_Jorge

  • March 3, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Granted, it's been a while since I've watched "The Thing", but..

    by googamooga

    That looks NOTHING like what I remember popping out of the dish. If my memory serves me correctly, it looked more like a bunch of little tentacles sort of exploding upward and outward. Time to break out the dvd again, I guess...

  • March 3, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Not so Subtle "Buy it for Harry" post?

    by ZupDog

    Anyone thinking of buying this for Harry ?

  • March 3, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Why the hell...

    by Franklin T Marmoset there not some kind of wind-up toy version of The Thing's spider-head available for me to buy? I would play with that thing all day, letting the evil little blighter walk up and down my desk. Also, because I am a colossal nerd for The Thing, every time I wound him up and let him go I would say: "You have got to be fucking kidding!"<p>Come on, makers of toys and whatnot, you have at least one guaranteed sale here. Get your fingers out.

  • March 3, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    "I just wanna get up to my shack and get drunk"

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Too true, MacReady, too true...

  • March 3, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    That Thing in the blood test looked like..........

    by RoarsLoudly

    A blood clot with tentacles and you saw it from the audience's perspective , not McReady's!

  • March 3, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by rutgersjaffo

    This film is a masterpiece and was the last blast of TRUE special effects. I never get tired of watching it...

  • March 3, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    What's with the crappy, blurry photos?

    by Trazadone

    Seriously, for something that will no doubt garner a high bid, you would think that the seller would attempt to make the pictures appealing. Instead it looks like some rubber "prize" from a gumball machine.

  • March 3, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    "All I know is...

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    ...this Lo Pan character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds while he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him with light coming out of his mouth!"<p>Ah, shit, wrong Kurt Russell film. Still, can't hurt to pay it a little respect every now and then.<p>"Have you paid your dues Jack? Yessir, the cheque is in the mail!"

  • March 3, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    No, Wlfred Brimley has DIABEETUS

    by gotilk <br> <br>

  • March 3, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Why don't we just wait here for a little while... see what happe

    by R.J. MacReady

    If it was MacReady's hat up for sale I'd be all over it.

  • March 3, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    The initial blood test pop up monster....

    by ufoclub1977

    The thing that pops up out of the dish looks like this, it seems small, and it's facing up and away and out of focus. And it's on for less than a second. The fake hand is holding the dish and it pops straight up and screams. This is before he drops it. It looks like it is bigger than would fit in the dish and very comic bookish. For that brief moment.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    "You going to kill me, Snake?"

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    "Not now, I'm too tired... Maybe later."<p>What the hell, right? I'm bored, might as well stuff up the thread with some quotes from the Russell back catalogue.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Fuck that shit, check out the dudes other items for sale...

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I'd much prefer the 4 piece Rococo style cermaic floral vase set...mmmmmm. Gotta love that ebay!

  • March 3, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    "I'm gonna give you assholes a chance."

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    "What do you say we play a little Bangkok Rules?"<p>Ah, the less popular sequel. I liked it, though.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    No need for anger, The Creepy Thin Man

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Just hijack the thread and use it as an opportunity to celebrate The Thing, Kurt Russell, John Carpenter, and possibly also Leprechaun In Space. Holy fuck, Lep uses a lightsaber in that one.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    "The spider head would be cooler" by skimn

    by Quake II

    You would be bidding on a box of ashes since R.J. McReady burned the spider head to shit with a flamethrower. Oh yeah.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Darth Macchio

    "They're Norwegian, Mac."<p><p><P>God, I love that movie. Here's to hoping that someone decides to put money towards a remake of "Laserblast" or something else...anything other than fucking up the greatest sci-fi/horror movie ever made.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    "All right, Clanton..."

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    "You called down the thunder, well now you've got it!"<p>That's right: Tombstone. Tomb. Fucking. Stone.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    "How do you do it, man?"

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    "How do you come up with new and amazing ways to fuck up?"<p>Yes, it's Backdraft. A bit of a cheesey one, I must admit, but it has it's moments. Also, I saw the Backdraft show at Universal Studios and it was pretty fucking impressive, even without Kurt Russell in it.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    "That's my daddy's gun!"

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    "And the only reason this city's here is because they built it with bullets!"<p>Dark Blue, an underappreciated film that not nearly enough people have seen. It's good, though, so you should check it out if you like stuff about coppers, or David Ayer's other similar films Training Day and Harsh Times.<p>Jesus, I'm just turning into an advert for Kurt Russell at this point...

  • March 3, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Haha yeah now that's a film that should be remade.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    "You can do it, mates."

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    "I've never seen such sailors. Not in all my born days, I ain't. Naturals. My God, everyone of you, naturals... We're gonna fucking die."<p>Okay, I'll finish this nonsense off with one from the classic, Captain Ron. Friends, if you are ever in the mood for a mildly diverting film starring Kurt Russell as a shifty conman type on a boat with Martin Short and his family... well, Captain Ron is your only choice, so take it and like it!<p>P.S. Today's drivel posts are the responsibility of just pillow talk, who told me I should post more. Sorry, JPT...

  • March 3, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    "The Thing" had so many layers

    by Bobo_Vision

    The obvious one is the thriller/monster movie layer. Then you have the more subtle ones, where it symbolizes a cut throat society where everyone is out to get everyone else, and you can never know who to trust. And on top of that, you had the whole AIDS scare, and the fear that someone secretly is carrying an infectious disease, and the blood petri-dish scene symbolized and embodied those fears.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by Kloipy

    hell ya man, Boglins were great. you could make them shifty eyed<br>

  • March 3, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    I totally forgot what they were called, but yeah, that looks just like one. I remember buying one for my younger brother on his birthday a long time ago, and it comes in a little cage, and you could make its eyes move and all. But my brother was unimpressed so I returned it for something else.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I had a Boglin

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Not sure why since I was about nineteen at the time, but I used to show it to my little brother (he was about five) and it used to scare the living shit out of the poor little bastard. He would run out of the room!<p>Now I think about it, I realise that was pretty cruel of me to do that to such a young child. I did it a bunch of times, too, not just the once. Because it was funny.

  • March 3, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Quake II

    by skimn

    Hey, I'll settle for a pre-production maquette, although that thing (no pun intended) would be priced ridiculously high.

  • March 3, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Bobo vision

    by skimn

    If memory serves me right, there is an old school medical poster on the wall during the blood test that reads "They Ain't Labeled Chum"

  • March 3, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, but that is NOT from the blood test scene

    by Acappellaman

    It's way too big and is too defined of a shape. The Thing may be able to shapeshift, but it takes more time to do it than half a second. This auction is a scam.

  • March 3, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    What does "They Ain't Labeled Chum" mean? Never heard that before.

  • March 3, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    That guy can't take pictures for shit...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Check out the blurry Rob Zombie Halloween knife prop... Quite why anyone would fake a prop from that piece of crap is beyond me though, so it must be genuine.

  • March 3, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    30 Days of Night - Influenced by The Thing

    by mattb68

    I was very impressed with 30 Days of Night (the Blu-ray was amazing). It's right up there with Near Dark and it was probably one of the best John Carpenter style/type movies. Can you picture him making this back in the early 80's with Kurt Russell, Harry Dean Stanton in the cast. Who would have been good as that creepy lead vampire guy, that Danny Huston played, from that period ? I'm thinking that guy from Red Heat who was the main villan or Christopher Walken.

  • March 3, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I wanted to order Kurt's pilotin' hat . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . but UPS didn't have a big enough truck.

  • March 3, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I think it was on the wall of the rec room. It's an old military/medical poster warning against VD.

  • March 3, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I don't know but whatever it is, its weird and pissed off!!

    by thedoctor28

  • March 3, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    LOL @ gotilk, "DIABEETUS"

    by cornponious

    I'm laughing at the superior intellect.

  • March 3, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Everybody relax! I'm here!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Man, Kurt Russell fracking rocks! I love THE THING.<p>(And yes, you wisecracking morons, I know that the above quote is from BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA)

  • March 3, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I too made a Super 8mm Boglin film.

    by Quake II

    I had it eat my sister's canary and crawl around my room with the worst stop motion animation ever seen (my camera wasn't able to just shoot 1 frame at a time. It shot about 5 frames with a quick trigger pull). I also used it as a puppet in the film. Still have the movie (now on dvd) and the Boglin.

  • March 3, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    The explosions set the temperatures up

    by _SnakePlissken_

    all over the camp. But it won't last long though.

  • March 3, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    How will we make it?... Maybe we shouldn't.

    by _SnakePlissken_

  • March 3, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Look, if you're worried about me...

    by _SnakePlissken_

    ...Nah. If we've got any surprises for each other, I don't think either one of us is in much shape to do anything about it.

  • March 3, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Now I'm gonna show you what I already know.

    by _SnakePlissken_

  • March 3, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Maybe we're at war with Norway?

    by _SnakePlissken_

  • March 3, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I picked up the parallels between 30 Days and The Thing (Arctic condition, isolation, the "infected"), but the compressed time frame worked so much better to The Thing's advantage. When the graphic on screen would read "Day 7" or whatever, I would think, "Where are they getting food? The old man took THIS long to go whacko?",etc. And as broad as they were drawn, The Thing had more distinct character types. The characters in 30 were pretty blandly drawn. And the sense of doom always hung over The Thing. A closer parallel to me would be The Mist, with the micro-society crumbling while trapped within.

  • March 3, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by DrLektor

    The Thing was too early for the Aids scare but that's a great parallel, if Carpenter ever gets around to doing the sequal it'd be a nice thing to add. The movie for me is perfect, yeah you have the gory effects which have never been bettered but you've also got the incredible suspense going on. True fear is being trapped in the middle of nowhere, cold and tired, afraid to sleep or even turn your back, not knowing who to trust. The alien is a bonus. Stephen King does something similar in his books, the set up horror is something all of us abhor and can relate to, alcoholism, domestic abuse, cruelty to animals. then he add the supernatural element and you end up reading about something from a nightmare. That's good storytelling. Hell, Carpenter had it once, maybe he can go there again.

  • March 3, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Mist/Thing reference

    by skimn

    And of course there is the nod to The Thing with the poster featured front and center in the artists studio.

  • March 3, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by GavinVanDraven

    the greatest horror film ever made. that thing wasn't in the movie.

  • March 3, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    "Son of a bitch must pay!"

    by emaraldguardian2007

    big trouble in little china is #1,then the thing. u should see it in high def. u can see that the doc has a nose ring!

  • March 3, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Cant even make out what the fuck that is...

    by Tourist

    ...Invest in a flash or something.

  • March 3, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Super 8mm boglin films???!?!?!

    by Darth Macchio

    SHIT! I was using my pop's top-loading VCR with attached camera (we even had an extra power-pack in the form of a god damn car battery!) and I filmed clay-mation movies (mostly dinosaur based...sue me, brontosaurus are easy to mold!) all from hand!! With my trusty wired pause-remote for stopping the tape and then moving ala 'stop-motion' (more like shitty video with somewhat passable stop motion)...but I still did all of it by hand! Even the explosion which was a flashlight shining right into the camera (I was like 10 people...couldn't light fireworks in the house and get away with it yet). Thank the godz I fell into writing a year later!

  • March 3, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I Gotta Thing fer Sale...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Couldn't they at least make it something most of us recognize?! Maybe it was that dish thing, all cleaned up, but I ain't convinced.

  • March 3, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Ed O'Ross

    by palimpsest

    He was Viktor in RED HEAT. He always used to get cast in Walter Hill movies.

  • March 3, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Dr Lektor

    by Bobo_Vision

    Actually, public knowledge of AIDS emerged in the late 70's, and widespread knowledge and fear grew during the 80's, so with "The Thing" coming out in 82', it wasn't too late. <p> And thanks, skimn/CreepyThinMan regarding clarification of the poster. I never saw that, but I'll look for it the next time I watch the film.

  • March 3, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    "This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express...

    by palimpsest

    ...and I'm talkin' to whoever's out there." Ah, I could do Russell quotes all night...

  • March 3, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    It might be a copy...

    by poeticwarriorII

    of what was in the movie, but that is sure as shit what came out of the petri dish. You blind motherfuckers need to head your ass to the optometrist.

  • March 3, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah,...

    by poeticwarriorII

    and stay the fuck of the roads before you kill someone.

  • March 3, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Nice dark picture

    by skywalkerfamily

    For the love of God Ebay sellers. Please use brighter pictures.

  • March 3, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by OtisSpofford

    Worked like a demon up until the early 2000's... then nuthin'... Anybody know if he retired from the biz?

  • March 3, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    AInt it Ebay updates!

    by skywalkerfamily


  • March 3, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    "A'HL KEEL YEW!"

    by Osmosis Jones


  • March 3, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit. Just had an Anton Ego moment.

    by Gilkuliehe

    I can't believe this, but I just had an Anton Ego moment. BOGLINS! When I was a kid I had this weird as fuck rubber puppet I found in a flea market. It didn't have a box, so for me it was just a weird rubber smelly no-name monster. I completely fell in love with it. It was my favourite toy and I would play with the damn thing for HOURS. I did all sorts of experiments with it, the weirdest one being injecting air on its skin with a syringe (yes, I somehow got my hands on a syringe, without adults noticing). I gave it very gruesome air pimples with it, and shake it as if it was in pain. I think is the closest thing I had to have my own personal monster prop. For years I've wanted to know what the fuck it was. Now thanks to you I know it was a BOGLIN. Sweet Jesus, I can't believe this… I’m still high on nostalgia. (Once, even my dad grabbed the puppet and took it to his bar, and messed with it, scaring his drunk costumers shitless with MY toy… How awesome is that, huh?) Boglins. If I ever find the same one I had, I swear I’ll pay anything for it.

  • March 3, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Goddamn you for making me watch that asshole.

    by Gilkuliehe

  • March 3, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    the generator is gone mac!

    by compn

    the chinese have a lot of hells, jack.

  • March 3, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    prince of darkness

    by compn

    part of the APOCALYPSE TRILOGY! in the mouth of madness was good too! do you read sutter kane?

  • March 3, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    dont remember this prop from the movie

    by compn

    the thing had so many good jumps :)

  • March 3, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    "I thought you'd feel that way, Garry."

    by SkinJob69

    You were the only one who could've gotten to that blood.<p> We'll do you last.<p> Great scene. Great flick.

  • March 3, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    And Brimley has "diabetus", not diabetes (apparently)

    by SkinJob69

  • March 3, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I regretted bidding on this, but I looked over ...

    by SkinJob69

  • March 3, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    and Kurt Russell was laughing, so I guess it was O.K.

    by SkinJob69

  • March 3, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    I know you gentlemen have been through a lot.


    But when you find the time... I'd rather not spend the rest of the winter tied to this fucking couch!

  • March 3, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I'll save my hard rn cash for a '50 inch LCD instead.

    by Stalkeye

  • March 3, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    What's the update

    by dirtsandwich

    on Frank Darabont's SciFi Channel's miniseries of a continuation from Carpenter's The Thing? And a prequel or sequel from the dudes that brought us Dawn of the Dead and Slither.

  • March 3, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The Thing

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    was awesome.

  • March 3, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Not bidding on this

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    But that is not to say that The Thing wasn't awesome. Because it was. It was awesome.

  • March 3, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Best Antarctic Movie Ever

    by Antz

    I've spent 8 of the last 10 winters in Antarctica, and it is definitely the most accurate.

  • March 3, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by _SnakePlissken_

    most accurate?? what you had lots of shape shifting aliens beating down your door?

  • March 3, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Well, apart from the shape-shifting aliens...

    by Antz

    ...and the shotgun racks in the halls, it is way more realistic in terms of the environment than the likes of AvP, Eight below, X-Files, Day After Tomorrow, etc

  • March 3, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Prince of Darkness? That should be the seller's handle

    by BrandLoyalist

    Some lighting! Can barely see the thing, err, The Thing.

  • March 3, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    So Merrick...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    What kind of cut are you getting for pimping this prop?

  • March 3, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    How much does it cost to book a trip to Antarctica? Or is your stuff all paid through a science foundation or something?

  • March 3, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    BrandLoyalist: agreed

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    How do they expect you to cough up a cool $3,500 or more when you can't even see a decent pic of the fucking "thing." And, yeah, I'd bet that one bidder (with a suspiciously thin bidding history) is also the seller.

  • March 3, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    nice antz.. anyone no the word on The Thing remake

    by _SnakePlissken_

    is that still happening?

  • March 3, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    as sequel would be better

    by _SnakePlissken_

    the thawed out remains of Keith David or Kurt being the host in a new outpost in modern times

  • March 3, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    MacReadys & Child's frozen bodies are found

    by ThePilgrim

    by a Military Search & Rescue Unit sent out too find out what happened too the Antarctic Research station. <P> They bag up both bodies, and call in the helicopter. They bring the frozen bodies aboard the Naval Ship and head back to America. <P> The bodies remain in the ships freezer for the duration of the trip under the orders of the Captain- given to him by his Superiors. <P> They are transported from there to an On Base Military Forensics Lab. <P> Inside a secured area a meeting takes place with higher ups of the government. They talk about Nasa satellites recording a strange object collision near the area of the research base a few months before they lost communications with the crew. <P> The bodies are taken out of the freezers and thawed out. A groups of forensic scientist garbed in Hazmat suits look over the bodies. <P> A camera documents the autopsy. Suddenly out of nowhere, and from what body none can be sure- A tentacle of some sort wraps around the face mask of one of the forensic scientist- the slimy pinkish red arm melts into the face mask, and crushes the scientist head. We hear scream the camera is knocked over.. <P> We see flashes of news reports from all over the world. They report new of strange disasters and accidents- We get quick cuts of the epidemic spreading throughout the world. <P> We cut to several years later. <P> A group of survivors aboard a Naval Carrier are nearing New York. They are far enough away from shore to avoid detection- The plan is to get supplies, food and a few other things. Three groups are sent out on Zodiac's to head for shore. They are armed to the teeth with weapons and high tech gadgetry.

  • March 3, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Fuck a Remake

    by ThePilgrim

    Give us a sequel. /\ Something like that, but better...

  • March 3, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Wishful Thinking

    by TheLastAngryMan

    There's no way anyone is going to make a 'follow on' sequel to a 26 year old horror film (despite its greatness), and besides, does anyone believe that Hollywood is capable of producing anything approaching a sequel of the quality its predecessor demands? Just sit back and wait for the sadly inevitable turd of a remake, proberbly directed by Rod fucking Zombie, or some other scum fuck.

  • March 3, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Unclear photo = very risky buy

    by Mullah Omar

    It's crazy that the owner of such a big-ticket item won't go the distance in assuring the item's authenticity or giving potential bidders a better look at the item.

  • March 3, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombie even.

    by TheLastAngryMan

  • March 3, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Gimmie a REAL prop... like Kurt Russell's GIANT HAT!!!

    by The Real McClane

    ... Cuz man, that big motherfucker was unbelievably awesome in that movie. That would be a REAL auction item.

  • March 3, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    "Watch the skies!" Oh, wait, that's from the '50's "Thing"!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    James Arness rules!

  • March 3, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I met the guy who played Windows at a convention!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    He was with some of the other cast members of "The Warriors", another movie he was in! I told him he was great in "The Thing", and man, it was weird to see him older and with no beard! :)

  • March 3, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    by ThePilgrim

    Hehehe- God I love this movie!

  • March 3, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    by ThePilgrim

  • March 3, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Cholera's Ghost

    by Antz

    I'm paid to work on satellite systems. To buy a cruise ticket starts at about $15K.

  • March 3, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Thanks Antz

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    15 G's? Maybe I'll try to find some Patagonian fishermen.

  • March 3, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I am the seller

    by Gr8kabuki999

    What's up..long time lurker first time poster. This is my auction and although most of the comments on this talkback are just about the movie there are a couple that have labeled it a is not and yes there is provenance. First let me say that yes,I know the pictures are too dark but I did not want to take it out of the glass case and my attempts to shoot in the case with flash resulted in a glare that totally obscured it. Also my camera is not great but you do actually get a pretty good representation. As far as the authenticity goes..the piece came from Henry Alvarez and he confirmed to me in writing that it was "screen used" and i have an autographed photo of him holding the prop. I will provide this and a copy of the e-mail as proof. that's a hell of a lot better than a certificate of authenticity that someone whips up on their PC. Also, I'm certainly not the bidder and am a little wary about the bidder being so new but will act in good faith and hope for the best. If you have any questions about it feel free to contact me through ebay...if your mind is unchanged blast me on here but please don't send me messages on ebay to tell me that I'm an idiot because the pix suck. Some of the comments have been really funny ..The "Prince of Darkness" made me laugh my ass off. And as far as's comment goes, what the hell do you think I'm going to do with the money?

  • March 3, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Gr8kabuki999 - some advice

    by Mullah Omar

    If you're really the seller, then it really is in your best interest to provide some higher-res photos and any sort of documentation that will prove that this is legit. The point is to make money, and you stand a better chance of attracting higher bids if buyers feel confident about what they're bidding on.

  • March 3, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST


    by rutgersjaffo

    You are an idiot because the pic sux. Sorry, had to do it...

  • March 3, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by robot_parade

    is a hard thing to come by these days..."

  • March 3, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    yeah i know...

    by Gr8kabuki999

    I'm an idiot. the pix do suck and the documentation is available to the buyer.

  • March 3, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    The Thing sequel should not be............

    by RoarsLoudly

    directed by Rob Zombie. In all actuality he should never be allowed, commisioned , or jokingly be considered for anything that pertains to filmaking. He should get back to his first 'passion', music and pump out more meaningless and uninspired garbage!

  • March 3, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    So, uh, yeah--Gr8kabuki999--a question:

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    How big is Merrick/Harry's cut for pimping your prop on

  • March 3, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    "It's Weird and Pissed Off Whatever it is."

    by Joelseph01

    Best horror film of the 80's.

  • March 3, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Brighter pictures of this petri dish thing

    by Longfellow X

  • March 4, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Brighter pix posted

    by Gr8kabuki999

    Click on Merrick's link at the top of the page

  • March 4, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    This stupidity rears it's head again

    by Lost Jarv

    the end of The Thing is nigh on perfect. To make a sequel- especially one as wank as the ideas posted here would fail on absolutely every level <P>The best comparison I can make is to The Matrix. Remember the end of the original? wasn't it great? and weren't the sequels that expanded on it complete wank? <P>

  • March 4, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    and don't remake it either

    by Lost Jarv

    that's a fucking stupid wank idea as well.

  • March 4, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    I just wanted...

    by rost buy this prop but then I looked over and Kurt Russel was laughing. Now I think its fake.

  • March 4, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    I will pass on this silly auction

    by mrfan

    Just wait. The real John Carpenter will be on sale on eBay. That I will bid on. Be patient.

  • March 4, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    The only scene I can imagine this being in...

    by Rameses

    Is the autopsy scene, where the doc has a mess of dogs to deal with.Or a scene slightly earlier , where they bring back a sprawling mess from the Norwegian camp.There were a lot of twisted faces in amongst the bone shapes , and it was out of focus a bit , soooo this could be a piece of that .Bottin famously poses next to one of the twisted {but more human faces on the cover of fangoria etc}Without the covering of syrup it may have looked like that .But usually these auctions have a still from the movie that actually shows the item on screen.

  • March 4, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Rob seems to have stopped working ten years ago...

    by Rameses

    He did the beasts in Deep rising ,and stuff for seven and fight club ...and thats it .Perhaps the advent of digital effects has took its toll on his career.But they still need designs and sculpts for that .

  • March 4, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Jarv I 100% agree

    by Kloipy

    if they remake this, everything will be CGI, they'll probably get some pretty boy to play Mcready, and it will be filled with quick jump cuts. The Thing is pretty much a perfect film in the lexicon of sci-fi/horror, and to remake it will be a pimple on the ass of a classic

  • March 4, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing that Gr8kabuki999...

    by Bobo_Vision

    ..., Harry, and Merrick, are bum chums. They get together once a fortnight and orifices are spelunked. This article is payment for an extra serving of reacharounds.

  • March 4, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Kloipy, The scriptures are nearing completion.

    by Lost Jarv

    Drop me any verses that you wish to have put in.

  • March 4, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    awesome my friend

    by Kloipy

    I'm fuckin' excited to see the finished product! The scriptures are almost complete! Let the sacrifice begin!

  • March 4, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Can't be on here to long anymore

    by Lost Jarv

    Fucking quota time. What a joke. <p>All it means is that I am going to have to spend longer filling out the scriptures- which now look like an acadamic tome

  • March 4, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I hear ya

    by Kloipy

    i just posted in the Rosemary TB, they are moving us at work to an open area, so I'll be unable to come on here really as the boss will be right behind me. I need to set up a fire ring and pencil traps

  • March 4, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    That thing wanted to be UUUUUUSSSSSSSSSS!

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    I'm hearing strange things out here.

  • March 4, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    it might surprise you to learn

    by DrLektor

    but Carpenter did express an interest in making a sequel to the Thing. He even remarked that if he had the time, money and the cast he wanted, he'd adapt the dark horse mini's from the early 90's, he was aparently quite pleased with them. And as for an Aids scare beginning in the late 70's, you're not far wrong, but it wasn't so much a scare as a fear. The Virus was kept mainly to the gay community and no-one quite knew what it was, just that people were dying in numbers. Come the mid 80's and suddenly the news breaks, confirming what everyone pretty much suspected, it's passed through hetrosexual contact too, we have an Aids epidemic and the real "scare" begins.

  • March 4, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Fair enough, Dr.Lektor, but that in itself...

    by Bobo_Vision another subliminal layer to the film. Another layer tied to the viral infection fear, is homophobia. You have a bunch of men grouped together in the Arctic cold with no women in sight, and you wonder which of them may have hidden sexual desires towards one another. Even though people didn't understand AIDS and know that heterosexuals could transmit it, it was clear that there was some sort of "gay disease" that was killing gays in a rampant fashion, so that increased the fear that someone may be gay and may transmit their deadly "gay" virus to someone. The uncertainty of what this "thing" was combined with the fears of the unknown, and all sorts of creatures emerged from their mutual subconscious, and were captured onscreen symbolically in this film. Zeitgeist!

  • March 4, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    "Lousy bitch"

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Where's the auction for the chess playing pc?

  • March 4, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    B O G L I N S !

    by lucky slevin

    Holy christ . those fucking things were so amazing, for those who dont know, they were creepy hand puppets made of sewn together tarantula legs/ it was that official.

  • March 4, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Though absoultely meaningless....

    by Darth Macchio

    ...I must second the notion that a remake, sequel, prequel, or any addition whatsoever to 'The Thing' would be nigh on criminal. I've gone through many "favorite" films over the years and The Thing is always either the top or in the top 3 all time greatest movies for me. To watch hack-master Zombie butcher this movie would actually be painful (as in raped childhood, etc). Zombie must remake "Laserblast" first...then he can remake "Attack of the Killer Tomatos" and then "The Children"..and then maybe "Meteorites!"....once he's got those cinema classics under his belt, he can maybe remake "War Games" or "Phantasm"....but "The Thing" is the zenith of horror/sci-fi and should forever remain untouchable (even John Carpenter couldn't stike gold twice here's perfect and unrepeatable in every sense of the word). Please leave "The Thing" alone forever! Please?

  • March 4, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by Gr8kabuki999

    no was actually rusty trombones

  • March 4, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    and worse than that they've disovered the fake ID I was logging in as to avoid the Quota Time. Bastards. <P>I have called for an apocalypse, but at least it gives me more chance to work on the scriptures. Any Milf pictures (SFW- it is a holy work after all) please send to my email account.

  • March 4, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    unlucky with the cubuicle though

    by Lost Jarv

    I used to have one of those. They suck

  • March 4, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by Kloipy

    that sucks they found your ID out. Bastards. I'm building a shrine tonight to cause the great pencil rain to fall upon them

  • March 4, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    It's so irritating.

    by Lost Jarv

    I'm going to have to create another one.

  • March 4, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I figure that when i move

    by Kloipy

    I'm going to just eat a lot of gassy foods and thus they will be forced to move me to my own office.

  • March 4, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    great plan

    by Lost Jarv

    In other news, Wow it's slow recently.

  • March 4, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I know

    by Kloipy

    there really isn't anything i'm too excited for this year. I'm mildly interested in Indy and maybe Iron man, but other than that, nothing really has piqued my interest. That is unless Stampede writes us back and allows us to move forward on Tremors 5

  • March 4, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Stagflation has hit hard

    by ironburl

    This piece of molded rubber schlock has not hit 500K yet.