The Next Best Thing. [81] Kehr did not like that the men did not band together against the Thing, and several reviews noted a lack of camaraderie and romance, which Arnold said reduced any interest beyond the special effects.

This also includes the fear of losing one's humanity, and being consumed, figuratively or literally, by these ancient eldritch behemoths. [10] A scene where MacReady walks up to a hole in the ice where the alien had been buried was filmed at Universal, while the surrounding area including the alien spaceship, helicopter, and snow were all painted. We came across those movies that made hits out of otherwise obscure songs, while also taking into account films that hijacked a popular song and made it indistinguishable from the film itself. Hates the cold. [25][25], The Thing received nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for Best Horror Film and Best Special Effects,[85] but lost to Poltergeist and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, respectively. It should regain its prominence at the front of the mix. The tagline was also changed from "Man is the warmest place to hide"—written by Stephen Frankfort, who wrote the Alien tagline, "In space, no one can hear you scream"—to "The ultimate in alien terror," trying to capitalize on Alien's audience. Exposed, Palmer transforms and infects Windows, forcing MacReady to burn them both. –Matt Melis, The less said about Joel Schumacher’s Batman films, the better, but kudos has to be given to the soundtrack for his first attempt. The outcome of the lawsuits is unknown. [92], While The Thing was not initially successful, it was able to find new audiences and appreciation on home video, and later on television. "Bill Lancaster on Scripting "The Thing" – or – "The Bad News Beast, "An Interview with Cinematographer Dean Cundey", "Director David Robert Mitchell Reveals The 5 Biggest Influences On 'It Follows, "15 Reasons Why John Carpenter's The Thing Is The Best Remake Of All Time", "John Carpenter's 'The Thing' Turns 35 Today! [29], In early drafts, Windows was called Sanchez, and later Sanders. Many reasons have been cited for its failure to impress audiences: competition from films such as E.T. [117] Den of Geek's Mark Harrison and Ryan Lambie said that the essence of humanity is free will, which is stripped away by the Thing, possibly without the individual being aware that they have been taken over. [81][76] Time's Richard Schickel singled Russell out as the "stalwart" hero, where other characters were not as strongly or wittily characterized,[82] and Variety said that Russell's heroic status was undercut by the "suicidal" attitude adopted toward the film's finale. [25] A prescient review by Peter Nicholls in 1992, called The Thing "a black, memorable film [that] may yet be seen as a classic". "John Carpenter Q&A: Why 'Halloween' Didn't Need Sequels & What Scares The Master Of Horror.

[75] Variety called it "the most vividly gruesome horror film to ever stalk the screens". As storyboarding and designs were finalized, the crew estimated they would need at least $750,000 for creature effects, a figure Universal executives agreed to after seeing the number of workers employed under Rob Bottin, the special make-up effects designer. Clark kennels the sled dog, and it soon metamorphoses and absorbs the station dogs. [49] He also played the score from Escape from New York for Morricone as an example. [10] The team also made use of the flamethrowers and magenta-hued flares used by the actors to create dynamic lighting. Bongo Bong - Manu Chao. And [Carpenter] took the electronic score. [16] Lancaster was hired to write the script after describing his vision for the film, and his intention to stick closely to the original story, to Carpenter, who was a fan of Lancaster's work on The Bad News Bears (1976).