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Do you think The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day wants to be a dog? IT WANTS TO BE USSSSS!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

John Carpenter’s The Thing is one of my favorite movies, which is why you’ve seen a lot of it in this column. And you’ll see much more if it before I’m done, as long as the pics keep flowing.

In the past I’ve featured Rob Bottin’s incredible work and Randy Cook working away on the miniature at the end… in short, the effects side of the movie. Today I have a lighter moment, one that evokes a favorite talkback meme. Kurt Russell is indeed laughing, so it’s okay to enjoy this photo.

Thanks to reader Michael Heintzelman for sending it along. Click to embiggen!



Tomorrow’s pic is both creepy and kooky. See you then!

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  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by The Bear

    Outstanding! Never been first before. Oh, and the movie's great, too, way before it's time!

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST


    by The Bear

    Sorry, meant "its" time.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by caruso-stalker217

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    That is the most disgusting Harry animation to date

    by Snookeroo

    Well done, buckaroos.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Quint, when are we gonna get some Poltergeist love?

    by tritium

    Already had a bunch of the Thing pics, which is cool (friggin awesome movie)...but how about another classic from 1982 which you haven't featured! Hmmmmm????

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Harry's Animation

    by UGG

    That was the first one that actually made me chuckle.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Also good BTSP

    by UGG

    I'm sure there's better from this set but that's not bad. Also just talking about Lovecrafts influences to a friend and happened to visit here. Coincedence? Or are The Great Old One's telling me to prepare their arrival with murder and madness?

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Great Picture Quint

    by Munro Kelly

    Great movie from top to bottom. Everyone was on point. The cast was great and the on screen chemistry was great. It really felt like they've all known each other for a long time.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    The thing BTS

    by Munro Kelly

    Cool clip on youtube.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    The latest Harry animation...


    ...just about sums up this site.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    The Latest Snowpocolypse

    by Evil Chicken

    "John Carpenter's The Thing" is required Blu-ray viewing. One of the Best Movies EVER.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    This Site is Shite

    by Rob

    Please hurry and fix. I soon may never retuuurrrrrnnnnnnnnn....

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Greatest. Carpenter. Flick. Ever.

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    And I loves me some Snake Plisskin. But Macready kicks fucking ass.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I would rather not spend the rest of the winter

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    "It wants to be USSS!"

    by No Respectable Gentleman

    Is that line actually in the movie? Been a while since I've seen it, but I don't remember it.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    it is

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Wilford Brimley radio-smashing scene

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    ... it's part of his rant as he goes berserk and smashes the radio room, deliberately isolating the camp so the Thing can't get out to infect the rest of the world.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Ah'll KEEL you... RaarRRAARARGH!!!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    "You gotta be fucking kidding me."

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...along with the couch line, the two best lines in the movie.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    the new harry animation...


    it's funny, and more so than the movie. but my issue is- i've seen pics of harry now AND when the site was new- and his 'toon looks NOTHING like him. doesn't that bother anybody else? and i think the REAL harry would be a fairly easy guy to caricature, don't you

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Oh Quint, I give you credit, you keep trying

    by D.Vader

    Toiling away with the daily pics as this website's walls crumble around you...

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Gotta admit, I laughed at the animation

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Whether you like it or not, HUMAN CENTIPEDE became part of the cultural zeitgeist this year. Few people under 30 haven't at least heard of it. Oh yeah, and CARPENTER's THE THING rocks.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    get some remo williams bts

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    speaking of willred brimley

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    What the fuck is going on with this site???

    by FilmGuy125

    It was down for me for DAYS!!!

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Haha that is a good animation

    by _Venkman

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Cool pic.BTW what is going on with the prequel?

    by jack black

    last time i checked its premiere date was put on delay? hmmm,i wonder why...

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST


    by smackfu

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 7 a.m. CST

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

    by Jim Bolo

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by I_am_not_Henry_Silva

    Best line!!! Love the film and always laugh hard at that part!

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    by Larry Knowles

    Harry...a plead from your brother, Larry. I realize that we have been estranged for most of our adult life and that you publicly don't recognize my existence. But, now, to turn your back on this site that you've dedicated years of your life to...? Your family is worried about you, Harry. I am worried about you, brother. If you don't want to connect with me, at least consider salvaging this's not completely beyond repair. A breaking story or a movie review once a week might be just enough to stop the bleeding and encourage a few departing fans to keep you in their 'favorites'. Please, brother, don't throw this site away. I love you. Larry

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Chiles! What if we're wrong??

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Well then we're wrong!

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Unless its gay porn, I doubt if Hollywood will ever

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    film an all male cast feature again...

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I've met two actors from "The Thing"

    by jawsfan

    Brimley and Masur. In both cases, all I could think to say to them was something about "The Thing". No other topic of conversation entered my mind. Charles Callahan played a small recurring role in the TV series "The Paper Chase". Did you know that? In one of his scenes he had a line that starts with the words "The thing....". A portent of things to come for him, eh? I like rice.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    It's "You gotta be fucking kidding!" No "me" in that sentence.

    by jawsfan

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    The DVD special features and sp. the Carpenter/Russell

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    commentary is one the best ever. Love when the actors (some who have passed on) say that they'd be in some remote foriegn country and they would still be recognized from The Thing.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    I'm all better now and I wanna come back insdie.

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    C'mon, man.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    All this tweaking of the site, and STILL no goddamn edit button?

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Alien VS Predator VS The Thing

    by UltraTron

    We find out that the Space Jockeys used Thing DNA while bio-engineering the Aliens for use in Predator hunting rituals. This fits in with the director's cut of Alien which shows that nothing lays the eggs. The eggs are actually the Crew of the space jockey ship. Dallas is seen in the director's cut being turned into an egg. It's actually much creepier to think the entire crew of the derelict ship was turned into eggs. This happens in the same way a bacterial phage injects it's DNA into a host to literally make it a bacterial phage. The thing DNA was well suited for this when engineering the alien weapon.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    The Thing Wasn't That Great

    by Jack Desmondi

    I really can't understand why everyone on this site goes ape shit over this movie. I saw it in the theatre when it first came out and was altenately bored, mildly scared and disgusted. Yes, Carpenter's direction was superb, as was Dean Cundy's photography. Actors were fine. Problem was, each and everyone was written so cold and unlikeable, so you didn't give a shit when any of them got killed. As for Rob Bottin's special effects, they could have been mind-blowingly good. Unfortunately, Carpenter was so goddamn in love with them he basically stopped the movie and let Bottin go way over the top both in terms of content and screen time. End result was they looked rubbery and disgusting, instead of scary. Don't believe me? Watch the chest burster scene in Alien and compare it to the defibrillator scene in Thing and tell me which one scares you more. The non-ending ending sucked to.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Them's fightin' words pahdnah!

    by AugustusMacReady

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    The Thing Was That Great

    by Skraggo

    And I've got to second "openthepodbaydoorshal" about the DVD commentary track with Russell and Carpenter. One of the most entertaining commentaries I've ever listened to. I guess I can understand why some people aren't crazy about the movie, but for me it's a high-water mark for the sci-fi/horror genre. Damn good movie.

  • " Last night, I threw on The Thing again just to make sure I wasn't overreacting. To see if maybe it wasn't as awesome and perfect and untouchable as I remembered it being. And you know what? It was even better than I expected. The opening shot with the insane Norwegians hunting down the alien-possessed dog across the frozen tundra. The gooey, gross-out alien effects (''You've got to be f---ing kidding me!''). The roster of slightly anonymous character actors populating the American science team's chilly outpost (special ups to Richard Masur, the tough-as-nails Keith David, and, of course, Wilford Brimley — yes, that Wilford Brimley — as the stir crazy Blair). I may be going out a very shaky limb here, but for my money, The Thing may be the greatest sci-fi film of all time. If I were on a desert island with a DVD player — a highly unlikely scenario, I know — and I could only choose one sci-fi film to take with me (again, where would I plug the DVD player? I know. I get it. But I'm trying to make a point here), would I take Alien? No. Blade Runner? Sorry. T2? I don't think so. Any of the Star Wars films? Please. Wrath of Khan? Ok, maybe. But what makes The Thing my desert island sci-fi flick is that it's so much more than a sci-fi film: It's equal parts Jack London macho adventure yarn and Fangoria gross-out." Someone mentioned earlier that the characters were unlikable. Well, they were cranky, tired, flawed, you actual people cooped up in the middle of nowhere for a long period of time. And the fact that anyone, ANYONE, even Kurt Russell could be infected (although it was a red herring), added to the paranoia and suspense.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    i like the one


    where james arness is a veggie man

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    baltar - you may be joshing, but, I thought if they were

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    to remake it or sequel or prequel it, make it more like the Hawks original with rat-tat-tat dialogue and a science versus military plot. And since nowadays the scientists are the noble good guys and the military bad, keep the plot as the original. Keep the military right guys and the scientists the peace loving alien huggers.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell may be laughing

    by Xiphos_2

    but did two fat kids chest bump? That's how you really know something is "geek cool"

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Only thing worse than Dutch scheisse-porn...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview a cartoon of Dutch scheisse-porn starring our own Headgeek!

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I've known Bennings for ten years. He's my friend.

    by MACenstine

    That was one of those Things out there Gary, trying to Imitate him. If it would have had time to finnish it would have looked and sounded and acted exactly like Bennings..... We gotta burn the rest.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Harry's animation is all the proof I needed

    by lock67ca

    I always knew Harry was full of shit.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Dang, I'm gonna

    by ufoclub1977

    put on the blu-ray and have listen to this commentary right now... I never listened to it. This is a great genre movie for "geeks", it was pivotal in make up effects/creature design, it has integrity (does not sell out with ingredients to be mainstream), and it wasn't popular, so it still feels like a geekdom treasure.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    "Cheating bitch."

    by phifty2

    *dumps bourbon on aicn*

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    The thing about The Thing is...

    by phifty2

    ...there are no sterotype or archtype characters. No sassy "i can play with the boys too." girl(no girls at all), no evil corporate guy who wants to betray everyone, no guy struggling to reconnect with his daughter, no wise ass, no 12 year old "hacker", no macho dickhead, no overconfident guy who is shown to really be a pussy at the end, get the point. Just real people in a horrific siutation. Just one of the many things(this one however almost always overlooked) that makes this one of the greatest films ever made. I dread the prequel but I'm sure I'lll see it opening weekend anyway.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    So what's the word on The Ward? What have the reactions been like?

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    The Thing commentary is actually EDITED on the Blu-Ray

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    For some inane reason, portions of the commentary are removed (and, even weirder, there seem to be little bits *added* and/or rerecorded). The hell...? That's why I'm holding onto the DVD version as well (which also doesn't chop that brilliant, 80-minute documentary into a bunch of stupid "U-Control" nuggets spread throughout the movie).

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    phifty2 i dont disagree with you but

    by KilliK

    the characters in ALIENS were archetypes and not stereotypes because they were organically connected to the movie's story and content. I could explain this further if you dont understand what i mean.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    great, great movie.

    by 1st and only

    One of the greatest horror movie's ever..EVAAAH!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    I do realize that a lot of the traits I described can be found in characters in ALIENS; Burke, Hudson, Vasquez, Newt, Ripley. I didn't mean it to sound like I was bashing ALIENS. I wasn't even thinking of ALIENS when I wrote that. I'm saying this because ALIENS is perhaps my favorite movie and I shudder at the thought that someone thought I might be bashing it. There are those archtypes in ALIENS but they work and they feel real and I never for a second thought that they were "stock" characters. I was thinking more of the films that came out after ALIENS that tried to mimic it's characters. Though the characters in ALIENS do fit the molds I mentioned they also come off as real people reacting realistically to their situation. And if anybody gets the referrence as to why I always type ALIENS in all caps....well I won't give you anything but there is a reason. Think 80's sci-fi mags.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    That sucks about The Ward. What it is with genre directors who just "lose it" later in their careers. Are they not as hungry as they were? Is the well dry? WTF is it?

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Another top of my favorite movies

    by AsimovLives

    Many have comented on it's greatness. I can only agree. It is great.