The Thing

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Early Works

  • Who Goes There?
    • A planned look at the sci-fi novella that started the franchise.
  • The Thing from Another World (1951)
    • The first adaptation of Who Goes There? proved effective in 1951 but less so as the years drift past.

Carpenter 'Verse

  • The Thing (1982)
    • In 1982, John Carpenter took a stab (so to speak) at adapting the source novella. His version, though, was much more intense, dark, and gory. Although not a success at the time, we take a look at what turned this movie into such a cult hit over the years.
  • "The Things" (2010)
    • This short story reexamines the story of The Thing, but from the perspective of the alien creature living within.
  • The Thing (2011)
    • Although the original was not a financial success, Universal spent years attempting some kind sequel to the John Carpenter original. Eventually, they released a little-loved prequel that largely retread the same material. Was it really a dude, or is there something special in this retread?

See Also:

  • The Hateful Eight: We take a look at Quentin Tarantino's dark and bloody western / The Thing homage.
  • Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham: Batman accidentally unleashes a demonic force and accidentally brings it with him back to Gotham, and then acidentally fails to do anything useful in this pointless movie.

Further Reading:

  • 2020 Halloween Night Movie Marathon Playlist: For the third year running we craft our perfect Halloween movie watching marathon to creep and scare all through the night.
  • Writing a Good The Thing Sequel: We hash out some ideas about what didn't work with the prequel film and how you could make a continuation that actually lived up to Carpenter's nasty vision.
  • Top 10 Movies (2024): My list of favorite movies, once again updated after a six year break because, well, more cool stuff has come out.