The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day has got to be f$@#in’ kidding me!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic!
I’ve been going a little THING crazy for the last week as I wrote up my big set visit piece on the prequel and worked on the multiple one-on-one interviews that’ll be debuting shortly, so naturally I’ve had Carpenter’s The Thing on my mind quite a bit.
Since I’m in a monster mood this October and I love Rob Bottin to death, why not dedicate a little slice of BtSPotD to his groundbreaking work in John Carpenter’s The Thing.
This is what happens when a talented filmmaker sets out to make a gore picture at the same time as a character study. I think THE THING should be taught to up and coming horror filmmakers as an example of how to take your subject seriously, set it in a real-world scenario, but still go as insane and entertaining with the make-up and animatronic effects as your budget will allow.
It’s the gold standard as far as I’m concerned. The only movie that strikes a balance that well was another 1982 release, Poltergeist. Both were formative movies for me as a young man and both still stand as favorites not just in the genre but of all cinema.
So, here’s a little slice of Bottin touching up the fucked up meldy-face Norwegian discovered by MacReady. This was an early reader submission and I lost track of who exactly sent this in, so my apologies to the constant reader who sent the pic. Enjoy!
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.
Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic features a dancing fish. No joke.
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- 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
- The French Connection
- The Road Warrior
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Die Hard
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
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- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- The Shining
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Army of Darkness
- Seed of Chucky
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Oct. 11, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST
Oct. 11, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST
Oct. 11, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST
THE EPISODE "AWAKENING" WE ALL HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. 12TH OCTOBER. SYFY. STARGATE UNIVERSE IS ENTERING UNCHARTED TERRITORY IN SCI-FI ENTERTAINMENT
Oct. 11, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST
definitely warranted all the hype
Oct. 11, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST
i was third
Oct. 11, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST
Oct. 11, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST
It's one of those movies that stands the test of time.
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST
coz i hated it.
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST
I was watching this a while back and the effects still look pretty amazing, especially the crab head and the mouth torso. How I miss the days of practical effects...
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST
I just started sleeping again. The Thing is the scariest movie, ever.
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST
Definitely in the top 10 horror movies of all time. Practical SFX piss all over 99.9% of the CGI shit we're bombarded with nowadays. I'd say The Thing and American Werewolf In London have the greatest FX I've ever seen. Sad that both of them are nearly 30 years old.
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST
This girl named Jessie that I knew early on in high school... she was cutting hair at the time and always had an affinity for special effects make-up. we kind of lost touch, but via the magic of myspace and facebook we started talking again about a year ago... low and behold, I find out she's graduating from Tom Savini's program at the Douglas Education Center in western Pennsylvania. I bring this up, because even more recently she told me that she has never seen "The Thing"... I was like, "you got into the special make-up effects business, and you've never heard of Rob Bottin or seen 'The Thing?!' Rot in hell, woman!" the end.
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST
CHOP that bitch.
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST
and im being sarcastic....the remake can rot in fucking hell with its CG bullshit.
Oct. 11, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
like Coppolas beard>Lucas beard
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
..the details in the work are actually more impressive in this still photo than in the film..
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!!!
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST
at the Edinburgh Film Festival, 1982...packed house, absolutely spellbound. Then comes the first transformation scene - "I don't know what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off with everything..." - the dog's face splitting like an obscene orchid - and in the seconds afterward the entire audience is trying to catch its breath, same as the characters, when suddenly some poor bugger in the row in front of us HAS A FULL SCALE EPILEPTIC FIT...You have never seen so many people fucking levitate simultaneously in an auditorium...down come the St. John;s ambulance boys and his pals help bear him away, but Jesus - for the rest of the film? Carpenter could not have wished for an edgier, tenser atmosphere. We staggered out of there, blown to bits. Watched it again a few months later - without the epileptic interruption and knowing all the twists turns and eruptions - and it still smacked me in the gut. Wonderful piece of work.
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST
Now granted, Jack White comes off as an arrogant asshole 99% of the time, but regardless, people used to ask him why he always used 1960's instruments and equipment when recording with the White Stripes, and he would answer (paraphrasing here) "Because that was the apex. Everything since then is an ADVANCEMENT but not an IMPROVEMENT. It was perfected 40 years ago". Now, setting aside that he usually comes off as a hipster asshole, but when I watch The Thing...........yep.
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST
I just watched this for the first time on Blu-ray. It looks so good in HD and its such a great movie.
Oct. 11, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST
"...and watch him close. Ya hear we?"
Oct. 11, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST
sure that isn't a limey?
Oct. 11, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Oct. 11, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST
seriously, did he drop out of the business or what?
Oct. 12, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST
About the prequel. How do you compete? I just pray the CG doesn't kill it.
Oct. 12, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST
Oct. 12, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST
A week before it opened to the general public. I will NEVER forget that experince. People were screaming at the top of thier lungs!!
Oct. 12, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST
by Anything But Tangerines
Oct. 12, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST
Oct. 12, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST
"I'm all better now, and I'm not gonna hurt anybody. Now ya got ta let me come back inside!"
Oct. 12, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST
Rented it for a Sunday afternoon in front of the idiot box when I was just in my teens. By the time Palmer's big scene after the blood test hit the screen, I was absolutely disgusted and transfixed by the sheer brilliance on display. This movie is the fucking shit and still outshines 99% of the crapola we're subjected to these days. So much awesomeness in one film. Pure love.
Oct. 12, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST
see which side favos the CGI vs Practical debate.my bet is the practical effects supporters..
Oct. 12, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Oct. 12, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST
I found it to be more of a kick ass spectacle of coolness, but not scary. Saw it on beta in 1983. Got it on blu-Ray now!
Oct. 12, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST
A tour de force from beginning to end. I've watched this about fifty times since 82 and it's incredible to this day. Should never have opened this up against ET - no wonder it bombed. Kinda intrigued about the prequel after Quint's write-up, but it seems odd that they wouldn't have asked for Bottin's input. If yer gonna make an ALIEN movie you've gotta at least consider Giger - ya know what I'm saying? Bottin is a fucking genius.
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST
Coz it looks real. The actors look like they are really out there isolated in freezing conditions. It's not some crappy CGI snow where all the actors 'pretend' to be cold in a warm studio. The Thing is genuinely scary as hell because it looks REAL. When will they realize CGI takes an element of realism out when interacting with real actors?
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST
Now that I can finally see this, er, THING clearly, I can see that yes, it really IS just as gross, weird and terrifying as I feared. In the movie the dead fozen THING is never very well-lit which makes it quite alarming. "Ugh, is that a screaming half-melted face that got split in half like a tootsie roll? Ewwww!" ...and I always wondered how it got it this shape right as the Norwegians killed it at that moment. Not pretty.
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST
Last year, they showcased a digital presentation of the movie at a few UK cinemas for one day only.<br><br> I've always loved the movie since discovering it in the early 90s. It was honestly a joy to see it on the big screen & despite having seen it so many times before, it all worked as if seeing it for the first time - the tension of the couch scene, the effects... everything. A true testament to the crew.
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST
by Thunderbolt Ross
It has some real gnarly stuff but at the same time seems strangely family-oriented.
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
What the HELL is that?!
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST
...from Charles Band's PuppetMaster.<br><br> And very cool it is too!
Oct. 12, 2010, 8 a.m. CST
I remember taking my college sweetheart to opening night of the Thing. I looked over at her after the blood test scene and she was crying, shaking, totally freaked out. I asked her if she wanted to leave, and she said no way would she walk out now, she had to see what was going to happen to these people. People say Halloween was Carpenter's masterpiece, but it doesn't compare to this film. I really wish they would re-release it in theatres, as it loses a lot of punch on the small screen.
Oct. 12, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST
I was at the same premier where the guy got up and started shaking and moaning. Next day in the Evening News it said "An audience member had internalised the horror of the film" - that freaked me out all over again.
Oct. 12, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST
Jesus this movie is sooo good.
Oct. 12, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST
It's just amazing, may possibly be the greatest scene in movie history.
Oct. 12, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST
on the soundtrack. How cool is that? Nauls do you mind turning that down, I just got shot today....fuckin hilarious
Oct. 12, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST
in film history. I mean, it could have killed Godzilla. Easily.
Oct. 12, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST
I see it, even during the movie, its just too damn shiny. Looks like it was made from plexiglass.
Oct. 12, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST
...I'd put Chris Walas' work on Gremlins for iconic design of Gizmo & Stripe AND The Fly for some great creature and gore (the acid on the foot removal gets me EVERY time) effects, as right up there with Bottin and Baker.
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST
that gets me...how come the remake of The Fly made a ton of money and The Thing made zippo on it's release? I know I've mentioned earlier about The Thing being released during the summer of ET, but why has it taken so long for this movie to be defined as being iconic?
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST
= Flawless Fucking Flick. <p> One of my all-time favorites. I've probably seen it more times than I've seen Star Wars (about a million). The documentary on the DVD is worth the price of the disc alone -- not to mention the hilarious Russell/Carpenter commentary track. It's like they're sitting on the couch, having a beer and watching the movie with you.
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST
what other movies would you give a FFF rating?
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST
including Blade Runner (Harrison Ford in a non-Jones/Solo role thats no FUN? Sorry). The light entertainment overshadowed the heavy. Funny, because The Fly and Thing share common themes of disease hiding within. The timing must have been right for The Fly (it was the summer of Aliens..BAD guys from outer space).
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST
Off the top of my head and on the subject of sci-fi/horror I'd probably say Cronenberg's The Fly and Scott's Alien.
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST
i think you're probably right. Blade Runner was another casualty from the summer of 82. Shame. I fuckin love that movie too....
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST
...Spielberg's E.T. (non-walkie-talkie version, obviously). I really do love that movie too. And Poltergeist. And The Road Warrior. <p> Cinema of '82, baby!
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST
Now we're talkin'...
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST
wuz da shit!
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST
find it a little sad that the movies we're talking about were underrated and tossed aside by the critic elite...or does that make 'em cooler?
Oct. 12, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST
to watch The Thing again...I've got a few spare undershorts...it's a cool movie if yer washing machine's up to it...
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST
by hank henshaw
All the other John Carpenter movies I've seen, I've felt are too low-budget/cheesy/C-movie-like... except The Thing and Halloween (and maybe some parts of Escape from New York), that, while also made on low budgets, are top-quality movies. I can't explain why, since Carpenter likes to work with the same pool of actors, editors, D.P.s, etc.
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST
The original, Arnie-as-badass unstoppable killing machine, with Stan Winston's robotic design and make-up effects, and Cameron's non stop action...
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST
Ya gotta admit that Big Trouble In Little China has great set design, cinematography, and effects for a relatively mid budget..
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST
How'd Macready get the blood? I mean if you attack the Thing it goes doolally. So how'd he get the blood?
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST
It's intelligent. It only bugs out when it's cornered. Up until then it can pretend.
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
thing again. The first time I saw it I remember a kid straight up puking in the theater. I remember thinking I probably wouldn't have made it if I hadn't been acclimated to gross shit with beast within,howling,and London. It's amazing how few seminal,stand-out films there are. Hollywood has always been a bunch of traveling side-show gypsies. There's no one leading the caravan and it's up to the freaks to make the decisions and go with what works.
Oct. 12, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST
by Star Hump
MEANING: adjective: Irrational, deranged, or insane. ETYMOLOGY: After Deolali, a small town in western India. It's about 100 miles from Mumbai with an unusual claim to fame. It's where British soldiers who had completed their tour of duty were sent to await transportation home.<p> It was a long wait -- often many months -- before they were to be picked up by ships to take them to England. Consequent boredom, and heat, turned many a soldier insane, and the word doolally was coined.<p> More likely, soldiers who were going soft in the head were sent to the sanatorium there.<p> -wordsmith.org
Oct. 12, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
The dude was fucking 23 years old when he did The Thing! Twenty-three years old! Born in '59, Thing in 82..23 years old!!!<p>What were you doing at 23 years old? Or, what are doing now besides shitting in your hands with inferiority to the Great genius that is Rob Bottin?<p>The dude was 23 freakin years old!!!<p>Me? I was basically a jackass at the age of 23....
Oct. 12, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST
Has anybody noticed the fact that The Thing has been misquoted in the headline for this BtSPotD? Just thought that was a pretty significant detail.
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST
Got an autograph, picture, handshake... so there!
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST
There are great movies. And then there is THE THING.
Oct. 12, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST
Oct. 12, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST
Seriously. The Thing is a masterpiece of suspense/horror cinema. Poltergeist is almost a family film. The two films that I would put in the same category from that time period would be An American Werewolf in London and Alien.<p>All three films set high benchmarks of intelligent filmmaking and realistic horror that modern filmmakers all too often fail to even strive for, much less reach.
Oct. 12, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST
His Munster t-shirt's pretty cool, too. You, however, look confused and eager to get out of there before the Early Bird specials are over.
Oct. 13, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST
I have to repectfully disagree. I would definitely put "Poltergeist" in the same pantheon of great thriller/horror/sci-fi films, alongside "Alien", and "The Thing". I think it is pretty much a flawless movie, in the same mold and construction as "Jaws".<p>Speilberg and Hooper slowly ramped up the tension, and the stakes...and combined with Jerry Goldsmith's incredible soundtrack (along with the fantastic acting, script, and pacing), a masterpiece was born.<p>I would not classify it so much as a "family" movie, rather a movie centered around a family.<p>The fact that an innocent little girl (Carol Anne) is the target upon which all the suspense and threat is focused, makes it all the more immediate, moving, and poignant.<p>Ultimately, it is the family's strength and love for each other, and for Carol Anne, which gives the film it's center.<p>I really recommend you watch it again, to be reminded of how tight and expertly crafted this film truly is.
Oct. 13, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST
...American Werewolf in London is definitely a FFF.
Oct. 13, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST
...from people in the movie business, the effects business, directors, cinematographers, etc.... why genre films can't manage to look real anymore, like The Thing and numerous others did back in the day, with the supposedly inferior effects technology they had compared to today. Why is that? Why can't we make these movies look real and be believable?
Oct. 13, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST
I can't agree. I liked it, but I felt the story was bigger than the running time, and it felt rushed towards the end. Also, while Piper was good, Kurt Russel is better.
Oct. 25, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST
Nov. 1, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST
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