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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Make-up masters are one of the driving forces of this column. Some of my favorite BTS images are people like Jack Pierce, Rob Bottin, Dick Smith, Rick Baker and their colleagues working on famous movie monsters. Again, this goes back to my days reading Fango and Famous Monsters. In many ways Behind the Scenes images are tied with monster makers in my mind. So, today we have one of the key monster movies from my youth and one of the best exercises in practical effects creations in recorded history: John Carpenter’s The Thing. There will be more THING BTS shots, but I’m starting with sculptor Henry Alvarez prepping the Norris spider-head. I’m pretty sure I stumbled across this shot via William Forsche’s crazy collection of awesome behind the scenes pictures. If so, thanks Bill! Here it is:

As has been mentioned in the talkbacks below, the shot is indeed from a Cinefantastique cover-shoot for Rob Bottin, not the actual film. Confirmed by Alvarez's son! I do have a few from the actual making of the flick, but still a badass shot, no? Same minds, same molds, but done for a magazine.

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. If you come back for tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic you’ll get the head, the tail, the whole damned thing. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)


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  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    You got to be fucking kidding me.

    by Sailor Rip

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    COOL!

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Yes.

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    Yes.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    THAT IS

    by shiekybaby

    MOTHERFUKKIN AWESOME! And I still havent finished cleaning up the jizz from the Empire pic....POTD FTW

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    And that is how you do first.

    by Sailor Rip

    Classy like. With a quote that involves not only the movie but the actual photograph.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    This movie is on TV a lot

    by Rhinosaur

    And I watch it every time I stumble upon it.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    OH and also FIRST...

    by shiekybaby

    yeah thats right...not the first talk back posted...but the first one with an actual comment..I ROCK

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Yep...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    this classifies as 'special' visual effects. God, I love The Thing. <p> And that scene is still unsetting to this day, no matter how many times I see the film. The chest maw, the head rrrrrripping free...the 'you have got to be kidding me' reaction......GREAT scene in a GREAT film.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS Script

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Last known del Toro/Robbins script draft of ATMOM here: http://tinyurl.com/2fsmn5j

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    My post was edited for content...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    that content was 'fucking'. And the letter L in 'unsettling'.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    could always use a pic of bruce..

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Too bad this movie came out two weeks after E.T.

    by Kraven Morehead

    People just weren't ready to dislike aliens so soon after loving E.T. and this alien is basically the antithesis of E.T. Great movie with the who-dunnit aspect and the effects still stand up to this day. Really disturbing stuff.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    One of the all-time great horror movies

    by Star Hump

    If not the very best of all time! Sorry Psycho.<p> Great pic.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Rob Bottin is a Dick

    by AlexMurphy

    Fantastic artist, horrible man. One of the few people working in Hollywood where I can actually separate the art from the artist. He would snatch up inexperienced conceptual artists straight out of school, and then "teach" them that in the SFX biz, your boss gets to keep all of your work and you don't get any screen credit. It doesn't make me appreciate his stunning work any less, but I'd never want to drink with the guy. <p> Oh, and Fuzzyjefe, a visual effect is an effect accomplished in post, like a matte painting, or CGI. The spiderhead is a practical effect, aka special effect, captured entirely in camera. <p> Loving this column, BTW. It not only guarantees fresh content everyday, but is something that can't be "scooped".

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Is the prequel still on?

    by windomearle39

    I haven't heard about it for a while - is it still a go?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    THAT is why practical effects rules over CG

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I rest my case your honor.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    windomearle39

    by Sailor Rip

    Let's hope not.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Quint's keeping this site afloat...

    by Righteous Brother

    His articles are the only ones worth reading. There's been no Harry review of Inception, or Kick-Ass, or Salt. AICN Downunder - who cares really? They only get movies six months after they've been released everywhere else. Score Keeper - hmmm, some of his stuff is ok. The comics stuff by the @ssholes, well they really are assholes, Herc just lists dvd releases - big deal. No Moriarty any more. I look forward to reading Quints stuff, well done sir.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    CG is like discovering you can serve cardboard -

    by Professor_Monster

    - to people and they will eat it. Lazy man's film making

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The prequel's finished principal photography

    by palimpsest

    The release date is April 29th next year.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Nice.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    The final thing that ever needs to be said on CG vs. practical e

    by shiekybaby

    I truly believe that these two worlds are equal. Neither is superior. Given the choice, I do personally prefer practical effects over CG. I appreciate movies more knowing that actual sets, props, explosions, etc. were all part of this product I am viewing, and not just a computer rendered image. Real effects vs. CG is kind of like real actors vs. animated ones....yes there are some great accomplishments and performances, but there will always be somewhat of a disconnect because the viewer simply knows what they are seeing doesnt actually exist. Now having said all that....I should also mention that one of my top 5 favorite movies of ALL TIME is Toy Story. When CG is used well, it can do amazing things...Avatar is a beautiful film that could have never been done otherwise. So yes, in the hands of a brilliant artist, both methods can be used to create amazing art.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Norris Head NOT from The Thing

    by James_Cummins

    The picture is from a photo session done for the cover of Cinemafantastique. While the Norris molds were used to fabricate the head, it has significant alterations, and looks a bit different than what we actually made for the film.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    AH YES THE WORK OF HENROV ALVAREZIDOYIDIYEV

    by BringingSexyBack

    Most impressive and proud KA master spy of Soviet motherland, trenned since child. <p> You do not know that head you see is real Amerikan human head, the head of CIA spy caught by Soviet master spies.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Cool BTS Video

    by Munro Kelly

    Check it out guys! (remove spaces) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq0J2BzvoME&feature=related You'll see other links to more cool Carpenter films.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Is the Original Original Any Good?

    by Aquatarkusman

    It's directed by Howard Hawks and involves Marshall Dillon getting burned alive, so that's two points in its favor.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Le Vicious Fishus cheers for that dude

    by CharyouTree

    and AlexMurphy do tell more..

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I love that these talkbacks have become a CGI bitch fest

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    you nerds always gotta find something to hate on. Computers have replaced models because they are cheaper and easier to work with, get used to it you faggots it's called progression and it happens in movies all the time. No one bitches how sound or colour has ruined movies, no wonder you all still live in your parents basments - you hate change

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    gotta hand it to them...

    by Lemure_v2

    I've got nothing against CGI, but the challenge has gone from SFX now. Back in the day, you had to really THINK about how you were going to execute something like this. Now it's simply created in the computer, bada-bing. But then, CGI has bought us Transformers and Jurassic Park...both of which I love and wouldn't have worked nearly as well without it.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    CGI

    by Sailor Rip

    There is no way you could do a full shot of a T-Rex running with practical effects and have it look as good as cgi. <p> AT-AT's and shot like that, fine, but trying to convey a living thing with muscles moving under the skin. No. <p> Are some of you actually saying the shots of the T-Rex chasing the Jeep in an almost twenty year old movie look like shit? <p> And I agree with the werewolf guy. Every BTS pic doesn't have to turn into this.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    need edit button.

    by Sailor Rip

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Should this photo have had a SPOILER ALERT warning?

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm sure there are at least a few people out there who have never seen John Carpenter's The Thing.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Hey Royston, Vader is Luke's father

    by MattmanReturns

    Whoops.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    those effects were good but all looked fake

    by Rupee88

    well most of them. But I love that movie and the effects worked just fine...just people who say CG looks fake should check that out and it doesn't look "real" either but still fun.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    CGI

    by UGG

    I too sometimes prefare a good practical effect over CGI but come on guys, what are you luddites? <p>Seriously, considering this is supposed to be a geek site with love for comics and scfi, I notice alot of people don't embrace the future. Surely you cant expect all the things you want to see done practical.<p> Can you imagine us in 50/100 years still wanting all things practical whilst zipping through space. I know we're along way from the scifi world we all expected, and I blame that on you and the terrorist, now where's my fuckin holodeck?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip: Full running T-Rez impossible practically?

    by Royston Lodge

    I question that.<p> At the time that Jurassic Park was made, I might agree with you.<p> But have you seen the AT-AT Day Afternoon short? That was done with a combination of stop-motion and computer enhancement.<p> THAT'S what I want to see done more in Hollywood. Instead of full CGI, which looks NOWHERE CLOSE TO REAL, they should use computers to enhance and hide the flaws of practical effects.<p> That includes stuff like adding motion blur to stop-motion, correcting for problems of scale when shooting miniatures, hiding the flaws in practical make-up effects, etc.<p> Just look at the best bits of the Star Wars Special Editions vs. the worst bits. The best bits are where they used computers to remove the flaws and artifacts inherent in the practical effects from 1977, such as the black boxes that are around all the starfighters, or the terrible glow underneath Luke's landspeeder, or the weird black blob on the side of the Emperor's face in ROTJ. The worst bits are when they created 100% CGI elements, like the CGI X-Wings and the CGI Jabba in ANH.<p> Visual effects look their absolute best when the foundation of the effect is done practically and then computers are used to tweak the rough edges.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    MattmanReturns: You lie!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    That's not true!!! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by Sailor Rip

    If you've never seen The Thing before and based only on this photo(which someone even mentioned is not the final design in the film) and start watching the movie and say "Oh that's the guy that is going to have crab legs come out his head." that's pretty good.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Heres the Trex with stop motion

    by UGG

    http://tinyurl.com/26p8pgx

  • http://tinyurl.com/3a4vpkd

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    what a fucking great movie...

    by just pillow talk

    and a great fucking shot.<p>I've said it before, but I'll say it again: this is a pretty damn cool column.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by HapaPapa72

    Somebody just sent me At-At Day Afternoon this weekend. Alternately bad ass and cute at the same time. I saw there was a behind the scenes vid, too, but I didn't bother. And why the hell haven't I purchased The Thing on DVD yet, let alone BluRay? Gotta make a stop after work.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Best Line in a Film Ever...

    by th3480

    "You gotta be fuckin' kidding!"

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    we should be getting a DVD review of KICKASS tomorrow!!!

    by Six Demon Bag

    maybe..

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    It used to scare the shit out of me when Mac shot the sled dog.

    by Ironhelix

    The howling of the dogs and the wind, and the utter chaos of that scene used to terrify me as a child. They don't make movies like that anymore.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    do not buy THE THING on BLURAY..

    by Six Demon Bag

    for some reason it doesnt have all the special features from the DVD which is a sham(e)

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    The real argument against go-motion dinosaurs.

    by Royston Lodge

    Can you imagine how long it would have taken to film Jurassic Park if they had use go-motion instead?<p> Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit took years to produce. True, and it used a combination of stop-motion and cgi.<p> True, the dinosaur scenes in Jurassic Park are only a small part of the overall film, but to do those scenes with go-motion would have taken MUCH LONGER to film than the CGI dinosaurs, which translates into much higher cost.<p> Which means the choice MIGHT not really be between CGI and stop-motion. The choice might be between CGI and Your Movie Is Too Expensive To Be Green-Lit.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Practical vs CG - the arguement closer

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Alien Queen. Alien Queen in Aliens...or the one in Alien Resurrection and AVP? End of argument. Now go weep CG cocksuckers.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    @SailorRip: The Perfect Quote

    by kevinwillis.net

    Love that line from the movie. Perfect delivery. Man, that movie was well put together. Also, showed just what was possible with practical effects.<br><br>Great film. And it had Wilford Brimley!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    How about full-sized robot dinosaurs?

    by Royston Lodge

    The technology wasn't there when Jurassic Park was made, but pretty soon they might be able to just build a full-sized robot dinosaur and program it to chase a jeep!<p> Of course, what if the robot becomes self-aware? Then we'd be fucked! Heh heh heh<p> Japanese Robot T-Rex:<p> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqR8vDLp_9w

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    These are better dino's http://tinyurl.com/3894j8n

    by UGG

    until you see the fuckin legs. And Royston I agree completely except for the cost, surely CGI cant be much cheaper can it?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    That isn't a behind the scenes film shot...

    by Rameses

    I'm pretty sure it's a set up for the cover of the Thing/Rob bottin edition of Cinefatastique mag.Rob was in the foreground in the final pic.The spider head is a recast of the original , wearing a different wig{hence long, rather than curly hair}.They explained that the original head was flae throwered , filming the scene , that's why a static copy was rebuilt.You can see a pic from the cover here ... www.popmatters.com/.../50 376/rob-bottin-rocks/

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I've gone on record...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    as saying that I love any tool that can be used WELL to show me something I haven't seen before. The combo of models/miniatures and CG integration is usually the best bet as far as my eyes go. See Lord of the Rings. <p> I love the talkies, so whatever it takes man. But really, it's still just NEAT to see a frikkin' prop or costume that someone made by hand and smeared with KY and shot in the room with the actors. <p> And nobody has ever topped the transformation from American Werewolf almost 30 years later. You GOTS to respect that.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it really is that much cheaper, sorta.

    by Royston Lodge

    Modern CGI movies are more expensive than practical movies of the past because they have SO MANY MORE fx shots per movie.<p> If you have an older movie done with stop-motion, and then you recreate the exact same movie with the same number of fx shots using CGI, the cost savings are immense. Stop-motion is simply too labour-intensive. You've got to pay for all that labour.<p> However, just like any other sphere of human existence where technology is promoted as "labour-saving", what really happens is that you just end up using the technology to CREATE MORE STUFF.<p> It's like the paradox of the office, where we still work 40 hours a week or more even though computers were supposed to be "labour-saving". What really happens is that the amount of time we spend working is the same (or more), we just end up doing more stuff given the amount of time we have.<p> Same thing happens in the movie business. Instead of making old-style movies with CGI instead of practical, which would take way less time to do and cost a lot less, directors use as much CGI as they can to fit the budgets they are given.<p> It's one reason why home-made YouTube videos often look better than Hollywood event movies. The guy at home is using the technology he has at hand to make something closer to old-style movies.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    CG drills America a new asshole.

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Cheers

    by UGG

    I don't know much about it, I'm just going of times when I've read about budgets going over due to them Rendering robots or something 24/7 but yea I'm sure it'd cost just as much if not more if they attempted it in CGI. <p>

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    #Practical not CGI at the end

    by UGG

    ahem

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Or, another way of looking at it...

    by Royston Lodge

    When directors like James Cameron talk about why they love CGI, think about what they ALWAYS say.<p> Their argument is invariable something along the lines of, "thanks to CGI we can now do things that we could never do before."<p> That's all well and good, but here's what they NEVER say:<p> "Thanks to CGI we can do the same things we used to do, but now we can do them BETTER!"<p> Maybe if THAT was the real goal, there wouldn't be nearly as many critics of CGI.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    LOVE ALL UP ON THIS BEFORE THE 2ND REMAKE POOPS ON IT!

    by LaserPants

    Whoever even had the notion that a remake of the Carpenter masterpiece was a good idea should be shot. Or at least smacked around a little.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Of course I'm all for a mixture

    by UGG

    Which to me when done right is great. The only recent movie I can think of at the moment is some thing like Batman Begins with the car chase on the roof and the train crash at the end. Both could have been done with CGI, but still look great practical, and I'm sure there is some other great CGI scattered throughout the movie.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    The Botin interview

    by ObiBen

    is hilarious on the Thing DVD. Incredible stuff, he even decided to tone things down a bit for later gigs 'cos some audience members were getting physically ill.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    The Botin interview

    by ObiBen

    is hilarious on the Thing DVD. Incredible stuff, he even decided to tone things down a bit for later gigs 'cos some audience members were getting physically ill.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Yet another way of looking at it...

    by Royston Lodge

    Imagine doing a shot-for-shot remake of Star Wars using CGI instead of an optical printer. You have the exact same NUMBER of fx shots, but instead of building models and shooting them against a greenscreen you create digital models and animate them.<p> But the actual SHOTS themselves would be THE SAME amount of on-screen time as in the original movie.<p> The cost would be substantially less, and could arguably look better.<p> But that would never happen. Once you give the director the power of CGI, his decision-making process changes. He would never create the exact same shots as were in the original version of Star Wars. He would make the shots longer, and he would add way more STUFF to the frame, like more ships and more planets and nebulae off in the distance, etc.<p> It's all the extra STUFF that gets in the way of the story-telling, and also gets in the way of the quality of the visual effects.<p> Say that a director has x amount of time to create a scene, regardless of the technology at his disposal.<p> Using practical effects, there is only so much stuff he can get done in that amount of time, so there is less up there on the screen.<p> Now, he gets computer technology. To create the exact same shot now takes WAY less time. So what is he going to do with all that extra time on his hands?<p> He COULD just give everybody the rest of the day off, but then they wouldn't be getting paid. I doubt they'd appreciate that very much.<p> So instead he uses that extra time to either create more fx shots or to add more STUFF to the fx shots he already has.<p> Jurassic Park worked because the movie wasn't created to fit the technology. The movie was written, and then the technology was created to serve the story.<p> Stuff like the Star Wars prequels and Avatar weren't written that way. In those movies, the directors knew what technology was at their disposal so they wrote the movies to fit the technology. The technology drove the story, rather than the story driving the technology.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Nolan applies CG perfectly

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Whenever possible he builds real sets and uses practical effects/stunts, only when its absolutely essential does he use CG and he uses it well. That's the way CG should be applied - in a way that blends in and is not (to quote Christian Bale) "FUCKING DISTRACTING".

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by RPLocke

    Do you know how LONG that would take to build all those models and shoot them with a camera? It would take more than three years.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    KilliK: You miss my point. It's not about the technology.

    by Royston Lodge

    My point isn't that CGI sucks. A shot-for-shot remake of A New Hope created with CGI instead of practical would probably look way better than the original from 1977.<p> The point is that, thanks to CGI, no director would ever make a movie like they kind they made in 1977. The director invariably gets carried away with what the technology is capable of, and tailors the story to the technology, at the expense of the story.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    AH YES CGI, THE MASTER PLAN OF SOVIET TAKEOVER OF AMERIKA

    by BringingSexyBack

    CGI is most impressive creation of proud KA master spies of Soviet motherland, trenned since child. <P> On Day X Amerika will see movye of CGI that will brenwash into surrender to glorious Soviet Republic.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    RPLocke: I made that exact point...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... earlier in the thread. Look for the title "The real argument against go-motion dinosaurs."

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Practical Effects...

    by zinc_chameleon

    In September of 1988 they had a life-size mother Allosaurus and her baby in the parking lot of the Science Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. They were doing mobility tests with it in the parking, and it was very effective. Incredibly effective on the two bus loads of school children who stopped in the parking lot for a drink and potty break and were unaware that the Allosaurus was not real. Changed their little lives, needless to say!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    redbull: progression or regression?

    by Flip63Hole

    Things are looking less real, digital blood looks like digital blood, digital skin looks like digital skin. We are in an age of bad remakes and inferior film making from decades ago, faggot. Sadly, most children have no idea what a good movie is these days...

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole: EXACTLY RIGHT!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    I think the "Nolan Method" is a perfect illustration of what I'm talking about.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    "You gotta be fucking kidding!"

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    ... which was uttered by a character who is later in that same scene proven to ALSO be a thing... I love it! For me the Norris spider head is one of the most disturbing and memorable film creatures of all time... even though it's only on screen for a few seconds.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I thought that scene in Krull with the Spider Web

    by RPLocke

    was really awesome. Seeing that old dude crawl across those webs was crazy.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    That title quote... "feeling much better"...

    by D.Vader

    I'm having trouble placing it. Is it said in the movie? Sounds very familiar but I don't quite recall it. A little help please?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    I always liked the original THING better

    by Logan_1973

    I know, I'm the only one in the world.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Feeling much better

    by HapaPapa72

    I don't remember it from The Thing; it made me think of the girl in The Sixth Sense, the one that went on to not eating in The OC.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    That's fuckin' badass.

    by KarlKolchak

    "The Thing" is second only to "The Exorcist" when it come to the greatest horror movies of all time, if you ask me.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Wilford Brimley says that line.

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    ... not Norris.

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Blair/Brimley says that after he gets locked up in the shed outside... he seems to be calmed down, but he's actually a thing, building that little UFO in the basement or something.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I thought it was him, 7 of Bognine...

    by D.Vader

    But in my mind I have a female voice saying it from another movie. I can't get the Brimley line in my head.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by UGG

    I think it's when they lock that guy in the shack who ends up trying to build a spaceship home, they give him a knock to see how he is through the little peephole.(I think)

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Thing

    by cyberskunk

    In response to the kidding me line, I imagine the monster saying, "You're right. I was only kidding," and dropping to the floor, inert. I only saw the movie on a B&W television set. I remember Harlan Ellison said one should not before seeing the movie and that it was impossible to eat afterwards and he called the monster sentient lasagna that slaughters for no reason. Although I probably like some movies he greatly dislikes.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by Deep13

    I think you are thinking of Sarah Connor in T2 when she is talking to the doctor in the conference room.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Awesome fuck CGI

    by smitme

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Star Wars wouldn't be filmed today

    by RPLocke

    It would be too expensive to shoot it with models or CG, so be happy with what you got.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    ok lets end the argument for fucks sake

    by GavinVanDraven

    the way cgi should be handled is this: if you can do the effect with makeup, animatronics, miniatures, pyrotechnics, matte paintings or any other practical method and the result is believable... then that is the way it should be done. if you need cgi to ENHANCE the practical effect to make it MORE believable, then that is fine too. if the effect simply cannot be pulled off practically, you better have WETA or another very good visual effects team working for you to do the cgi. the best effect is one that doesnt look like an effect at all, or if it is an obvious effect, say a creature, or something other worldly.. then you should not be able to tell if it is cgi or practical. it should simply BE whatever it was intended to look like. a major part of this is the animator's or puppeteer's or actor's PERFORMANCE. if the effect ACTS realistically through performance, be it a created cgi/puppeted character emoting or the physics applied to an object... then the audience will buy it as being real. cgi is a tool. practical effects are tools. nothing more. if done right, theres no need for argument.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag - the extras are on the thing Bluray

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    they are just divided and placed in the UConrol secion, yes it would be better if you could just watch them rather then having to jump around U control, but they are there. The bluray is a must own for fans, the picture quality is breathtaking

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    has anybody seen Childs?

    by GavinVanDraven

    ....

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge - office paradox

    by ObiBen

    You hit the nail right on the head.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Can we just agree we all like Pizza

    by RPLocke

    Pizza of the day thread!!!!!!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    I don't know what it is

    by SmokingRobot

    But it's weird and pissed off.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The blood test: Donald Moffat's finest moment

    by palimpsest

    I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    "LET'S ROCK!!!!!!!!!"

    by BringingSexyBack

    *Sprays area with machine gun fire*

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    You always were an asshole Gorman

    by palimpsest

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    And ten years from now...

    by Das_Butt

    ... we'll have a BTS picture from the prequel; a nerd sitting in a cubicle with his computer. Sad. I love the real effects...

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I know you gentlemen have been through a lot

    by Amazing Maurice

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

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I met Wilford Brimley in 1991 and asked him if

    by jawsfan

    he ever watches "The Thing". His gruff response? "Never."

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    THE THING is Carpenter's best film.

    by blackwood

    This pic made me happy.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    let it go

    by Spazatronik_2000

    you sound like you walked uphill in the snow to school and back home every day. break out the violins. rip practical effects.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Laughed my ass of all during this fun breezy romp...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Oh wait, that was Spaceballs.<p>LOVE The Thing, but why do I always want to kill myself after?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Yeah

    by MacReady452

    that movie is pretty good.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    jawsfan

    by Composite_Beppo

    The last time Wilford Brimley was NOT cranky was during Cocoon... years before he starting hawking oatmeal and diabetes monitors.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Rob Bottin

    by Composite_Beppo

    I used to know him, but he has disappeared, dropped off the face of the Earth... Perhaps living in seclusion in El Monte? Anyone know? Bottin? Bottin?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    AH YES, COMRADE ROBOV BOTTINOEYDEV RETURNED TO MAZZA RUSSIA

    by BringingSexyBack

    Most impressive and proud KA master spy of Soviet motherland, trenned since child. <P> He has accomplished subversive activities in Hollywood to corrupt Amerikan mind, and returned to motherland as hero of Soviet Republic.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    during THE THING commentary

    by Goregazer

    when Wilford Brimley first appears in the movie, Carpenter and Russell chuckle and say "this ain't no oatmeal commercial". That's fucking priceless!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    DIABEEEETTUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Zac Efron for the prequel.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    The "Google Image Search" of the day

    by DigitalDong

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Aquatarkusman

    by CountryBoy

    The original's VERY different, but not bad. Of course it's gore-free, but it's suspenseful (for a '50's movie) and sort of lighthearted -- also it has a lone woman on the base, a reporter if I recall correctly, which adds some rom-com hijinks. But it's entertaining enough in its way.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    That picture is PRECISELY why the prequel will suck

    by AlienFanatic

    When you have Rob Bottin and Stan Winston on practical effects, you get movie magic. In the prequel, we'll see a crapload of CGI effects produced by some third-rate studio trying to earn its chops. Think they'll go ILM or even Legacy Effects? Hell no. Man, I wish they'd stop screwing with the classic horror movies.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    The only real problem with modern CGI..

    by Toilet_Terror

    ..summed up by Jeff Goldblum: <p> "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should. "

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    From my point of view, it's all about the effect.

    by Toilet_Terror

    Any technique should be fairly seamless these days if it's well done. If it's not done well, then it defeats its own purpose. <p>Rarely can blame be laid at the feet of the effects people themselves. I'm sure they threw a lot of money at the Kraken in Clash of the Titans, but the sequence was so lazy it had very little tangible effect to these eyes.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Behold the Brimley!!!

    by ThroughTheBrokenWindowWithDancinDelroyLindo

    http://tinyurl.com/6bon4r

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Toilet_Terror

    by RPLocke

    Inception had over 500 CG shots. Bout time to go jump off that building.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    my favorite BTS pic of the day so far

    by Kammich

    such an unrelentlessly bad ass motherfucking movie. about one year ago I had the great pleasure of watching this movie with a bunch of family and close friends who had somehow never seen it(?!?!). it blew them all away, of course.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    THING PREQUEL IS GOING TO PUT CARPENTER'S TO SHAME

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    THE THING PREQUEL IS GOING TO PUT JOHN CARPENTER'S VERSION TO SHAME...<P> That's what I'd be saying if I was fucking insane.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    rancor_keeper:

    by TedKordLives

    BWAH-HAHAHA-HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!! <P> That was a good one, pally. You totally had me going there.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    RPLocke - 500 *vfx* shots

    by ObiBen

    It can range from CG to compositing to wire removal to a Shuftan effect.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    You guys don't UNDERSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAND....

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...that thing wanted to be USSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    AH'LL KEEL YEW...! [wimpy gunshot sound effects]

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    James_Cummins...

    by ufoclub1977

    thanks for the info. I always thought the cover shot still picture version of the head seemed more action backed and twisted. Sad to hear that Bottin may have not been a nice guy to work with or for.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    You believe any of this voodoo bullshit, Blair?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Hey Childs...Chariots of the Gods, man. They practically OWN South America.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else HATE U-Control bullshit on Blu Rays?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    If I want to watch extras, I want to choose what I want to watch from a fucking MENU, not waiting for some stupid bubble to appear at the bottom of the screen AS I WATCH THE MOVIE so I can access a two-minute interview soundbite. The DVD documentary on the Thing DVD is brilliant, and it's a shame it's been cut up into a thousand incoherent fragments for the Blu Ray (which also, bizarrely, edits the Carpenter/Russell audio commentary. Just little bits here and there, but it's noticable. The helll...?).

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    cgi blood

    by sokitome

    The worst is cgi blood hands down. There is no way anyone can tell me cgi blood looks better than practical effects. Hell in high school my buddies and I used corn syrup, food coloring, and a little ketchup and it looked way better than any cgi blood used in 200 million budgeted movies. just sayin

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    WILFRED BRIMLEY WAS AN ANAL FIEND

    by BringingSexyBack

    True fact.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    YEAH????

    by gooseud

    WELL FUCK YOU TOO!!!!! (BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!)

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    CUT ME LOOSE!!!

    by gooseud

    CMON DAMMIT!! CUT ME LOOSE!! CUT...CMON DAMMIT!!! CUT ME LOOSE!!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    ObiBen

    by RPLocke

    Oh, you're a funny dude.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    All I can say is......

    by gooseud

    my Dad, when I was growing up, was a really mellow non violent non aggressive alchoholic, which made for some interesting parenting decisions on his part.....one was that I was allowed to watch pretty much anything I wanted with him right from the jump. Which leads to me watching this fucking scary as shit movie when I was like 10. To this day, the dog kennel scene and the scene where the guy turns and reveals the malformed alien hand while making that creepy alien noise both haunt me. Not as much as seeing The Shining before I hit puberty, but haunting nonetheless. R.J. McReady remains the standard for movie bad-assery in my mind, only equalled by Snake Plissken. If they post an Escape From New York behind the scenes photo, your going to see a quote frenzy never before seen on AICN.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Thing musical

    by cyberskunk

    "I wanna walk like you! Talk like you!"

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by Toilet_Terror

    Thanks for being a dense cunt!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    The point isn't CG vs Practical vs anything else,

    by Toilet_Terror

    the point is that most of the filmmakers working on effect pictures don't even know what effect their trying to achieve, much less how to realize it. VFX people will (rightly) just go along with any amount of work a production will give them.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    RPLocke

    by ObiBen

    Shuftan sends his regards.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    HEY SWEDEN!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    They're not Swedish, Mac, they're Norwegian...except for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, of course.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack is "Back to the U.S.S.R."!

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    Good stuff man. <P>As long as you aren't serious... you aren't, are you?<P>That means James Cameron isn't actually from Texas? "T2" filmed in Soviet Nuclear Base? Michael Bay is... "THE MOLE"!?<P>Life just got more confusing.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    NICE!

    by GroolDemon

    That is fucking rad as all get out. Man I love me some Thing... that scene in particular never gets any less messed up than the first time seeing it. The way the head rips itself off the body and is making that weird breathing sound is maniacal as hell! KILL IT KILL IT WITH FIRE!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    That Brimley-Walrus Creature GIF link is TERRIFYING!!!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    and/or deeply disturbing.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    This CG Pizza is so realistic!

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter..

    by disfigurehead

    TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!!!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    by blakindigo

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    by blakindigo

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    — tied to the FUCKING COUCH!!

    by blakindigo

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Proper FX. We need and interview with Bottin

    by Ecto-1

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    IM SERIOUSLY PERTURBED THEY CANT FUCKIN

    by Spazatronik_2000

    MAKE MORE MOVIES AS FUCKTACULAR AS THIS FUCKIN MOVIE

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    It's got Windows

    by Anything But Tangerines

    True horror

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST

    and Fuchs

    by Anything But Tangerines

    my Lord

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    GREAT SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    WHAT ABOUT STUFF FROM GEORGE PAL'S MOVIES?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Kick-Ass pic and Kick-Ass flic

    by UrbanSamurai

    Reminds me a lot of one of the bonus features on the “Day of the Dead“ DVD. There you see, how Savini operates the first zombie in the movie (the one with the missing jaw and the tongue hanging out). You can see Savini puppeteering the zombie and although it was basically a muppet it still scared the shit out of me. Same with this pic, although you see the technique behind it, the alien is still scary as hell. Thank you, Quint, please let the other The Thing pics follow!!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Agreed about CGI blood

    by ndally

    Stallone and Synder are the fuckkng worst for if. In his Q&A stallone comes off all anti CGI but why not use a squib? "The Thing" was made in 1982 what's your excuse? It's got the greatest practical effects probably of all time. Don't get my wrong I love anything that's groundbreaking whether it's CGI or whatever but back in the optical/pratical effects days you could feel the blood sweat and tears that went into the film and when you wondered "how did they do that?" a computer wasn't the first thing that came to mind. But then I see a scene in "2012"(you know the one) I still appreciate the art because the VFX must have been so hard to accomplish due to the long takes and mass destruction when following the limo or plane, you can literally see the money that was spent but you don't ever ask "how'd they do that" cause we already know the answer; computers. Yesterdays Star Wars crawl is a great example I had no idea how they did that and the answer was so simple, but it wasn't computers

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    HEY FUCK YOU PALMER

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    AH YES, GREETINGS COMRADE CHAUNCYGARDINERISMOVYEV

    by BringingSexyBack

    It is good to see you again after many years, most impressive and proud KA master spy of Soviet motherland, trenned since child. <P> How proud mazza Russia is of glorious success of Comrade Cameronimov. He mek Amerikans wear funny glasses and watch funny blue people to tek billions of dollars from economy and use monye to mek weapons to invade Amerika. Glorious!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    This is a great Feature. Great Pic and a fucking Great movie!

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    Never get tired of watching this movie - however I do not recommend watching the movie with a date after you have eaten a bowl of chocolate pudding with bananas and oreos in it - and drank a two 40's of Malt Liquor! Bad things happen man. Bad things.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Dirk

    by just pillow talk

    I wish you told me that sooner as I had just picked up the 40's and was settling down with my bowl of pudding, etc.<p>Wait, I have butterscotch pudding, am I okay?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Pillow -Nooooo! Butterscotch even worse!

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    Evacuate! Evacuate! Explosive diarrhea incoming, er outgoing!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:55 a.m. CST

    "Forget it Palmer."

    by Sailor Rip

    "Hey thanks for thinking about it though." <p> Am I to understand Palmer could also pilot a chopper? They don't answer him like "WTF are u talking about", they answer him like "no way you're too high."

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    then I guess I'll just have to buckle up...

    by just pillow talk

    It's going to be a rough ride...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    From your ass to the lizards lips!

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    That shit gonna fly!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    KilliK

    by sokitome

    Zatoichi is exactly the kind of movie that I was talking about. OMG every fight scene looked so bad because of the cgi blood and swords. I like the movie when they weren't fighting which goes against the purpouse of a samurai flick. It's weird he chose to do that cause I think it was a terrible choice

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    THE_CHOPPAH

    by Sailor Rip

    Was I first in another one? Oh uh you're a dickhead I guess. I really don't insult people on the internet but I suppose this calls for it.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Compare The Thing with Whiteout

    by Madmarek

    And you'll know beyond a shadow of a doubt how badly CGI can fail. PLEASE take note filmmakers! The Thing is one of the most atmospheric and genuinely creepy movies ever made, I love it!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Red Matter

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Red Matter? Alternate reality? FU!<p> Just watch Star Treks I-IV and stop. Anything more will dilute the experience.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    THE_CHOPPAH

    by Sailor Rip

    That's right, the Empire one. It's "Two too many"? So no one can post first? How the hell are we going to have a talkback then? I mean someone has to be first. Or is it just me that can't post first?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone: No love for Undiscovered Country?

    by Royston Lodge

    I loved Undiscovered Country! Nicholas Meyer FTW!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Royston

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Ehhh...wasn't a huge fave, although I saw it (like all the original cast films) at the show. Instead of really original, tense stuff, they opted for things that were en vogue at the time, like a shape-shifting character. And the message of us vs. them arrived a little too late, at the back end of perestroika.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    1982 the best movie year ever.

    by JIMBOCOP

    While we're singing THE THING's praises consider this, Drew Struzan completed the best movie poster ever for it without knowing what the film was about or seeing a single frame; the icy base interior scenes were filmed in sweltering heat in a fridge in LA; Rob Bottin was just 22 when he worked on the movie and was so exhausted that Stan Winston had to step in and pick up the kennel scene; there are no women in the cast (except for Adrienne Barbaux's voice as the chess computer); the Crazy Swede (he's Norwegian Mac) couldn't speak Norwegian; the ending had to be trimmed down because John Carpenter wasn't 100% convinced by the stop-motion Blair-thing; ET came out the same month and kicked the rest of the year's films into oblivion including BLADE RUNNER, TRON and THE THING - all three had to wait for video to give them a second life. Awesome, awesome movie.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    WATCH CLARK.

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    I just threw it in the DVD playa!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Sailer Rip

    by JIMBOCOP

    Garry - Base Chief Macready/Palmer - Chopper Pilots Childs - Mechanic Dr Copper - Medic Norris - Geologist Bennings - Meteorologist Dr Blair - Biologist Dr Fuchs - Biologist Nauls - Cook Clark - Dog Handler Windows (aka Sanders*) - Radio Operator *In Alan Dean Foster's brilliant novelisation.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    JIMBOCOP

    by Sailor Rip

    Hmmm. That does make sense, to have two pilots in case on of them is injured or something.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Good CG blood:

    by white_vader

    Zodiac. Which is precisely why none of you have mentioned it. Typical. Stop blaming the tool, fanboys. The vast majority of practical blood looks like shitty too-thin red jam/paint. Just as bad. STOP. BLAMING. THE. TOOL. You tools.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I once volunteered on a no-budget flick where...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...where the director was so clueless he thought fake blood was made out of corn starch, rather than corn syrup.<p> Worst ... fake ... blood ... ever ...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Mmmmmmm!!!

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    Looking at this picture makes me want some king crab legs.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    Corn syrup and red food coloring. I can almost bet he arued with anyone who corrected him.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    Corn syrup and red food coloring. I can almost bet he argued with anyone who corrected him.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    The sad thing was...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...the shoot was in an abandoned farmhouse WAY out in the middle of nowhere and he only had one day to shoot the thing.<p> So when the idiot pulled out the red food coloring, the bottle of water, and the box of fuckin corn starch, what are the rest of us supposed to do?<p> We could have corrected him, but there was no possible way to stop the shoot so someone could drive an hour to the closest grocery store just to buy a bottle of corn syrup. By the time they got back we would have lost most of our light.<p> Did I mention there was no electricity in this abandoned farmhouse so we lit the whole thing by reflecting the sun's light through the windows with mirrors?<p> When I said no-budget, I meant it.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by Sailor Rip

    They sell bottles of pretty good looking fake blood in magic shops(which I know are hard to find). Only problem is it looks good at first, deep red, but when it dries it takes a pinkish hue.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I'll remember that the next time...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...I'm out in the middle of nowhere with an idiot director, no electricity, and a spring-driven Bolex.<p> If we're an hour away from the closest grocery store, how close do you think the closest magic shop was?<p> ;-)

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Once during winter will watch original Thing

    by leo54304

    at night preferrably during a heavy snowfall or blizzard. Great for mood setting. Especially amazing how the humans are slowly herded into a smaller safe zone by the creature. And all the tunnels of the base causing sense of clausterphobia. Plus the chick with the 50s bra didn't hurt. So many sci fi movies use elements that this movie was the first to use.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    tremendous movie...

    by iwasredempted

    love this movie. carpenter was on a great run with halloween, thing, escape from ny, big trouble in little china etc..too bad he seems to have completely gone tone deaf. that mars movie with ice cube was terrible and i won't even mention escape from la.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I remember getting that Cinefantastique issue...

    by Cervantes

    ...and loved all the great info. it showed about the movie. Some great behind-the-scenes stuff were revealed inside. And an awesome cover of course.<P>Thankfully I caught the movie on the big screen at the time, and it was a truly great experience. It really deserved to be a blockbuster at the time, but E.T. seemed to get all the media attention.<P>Anyway, now that's it's seen for the classic it always was, I'm kinda pissed off that we're getting a 'prequel' instead of some kind of 'sequel' to this.<P>Basically, the whole 'Norwegian camp' thing will seem like TOO much of a regurgitation of Carpenter's version. Except with er, Norwegians and women...<P>And unless they get the retro-stylings of the 80's filmed original exactly right, then it aint gonna gel very well as a 'prequel'<P>I fear the worst, as I'd always hoped for a 'sequel' of some sort, which DIDN'T explain what the hell happened at the other base...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I've gotta find my copy

    by white_vader

    I've always wondered why Cinefex never did an article on The Thing. All I can think is that Bottin didn't want to talk so they nixed it.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Royston

    by white_vader

    That story would be so funny if it WASN'T true. Feel for ya mate. I've worked for a couple of crazies too. And not just on small films...

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    One of my top favorite movies ever

    by AsimovLives

    I love this movie before it became fashionable to love it. This is a truly great movie, and not just because there's now a majority claiming it's quality. Where were they when the movie was released back then and was bashed like it was the worst thing ever made in the history of mankind?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Re-release

    by newkie brown

    It was re-released in the UK on a very limited digital presentation, and it did good business. I'd love to see a big Blade Runner style re-release, perhaps to compliment the sequel...just putting that out there, Universal Pictures.

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