Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Thing - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on The Thing, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...

First, here's a rare teaser trailer for the film:

Here's the standard trailer:

Here are some deleted scenes, including a bit from the alternate fate of Bennings:

Here's some raw footage used for the special effects, including the flight of the alien saucer and some spectacular matte painting work by Albert Whitlock:

As we mentioned in the episode, the broadcast television cut of the film including intro narration for each character and an alternate ending incorporating an updated version of the "Watch the Skies" speech from the 1951 film. Check these bits out here:

And here we have a slightly lengthened version of the final scene including some stop-motion footage that John Carpenter had removed after deciding it didn't quite mesh with Rob Bottin's gooey full-size creation:

In the episode we also mentioned the story "The Things" by Peter Watts, which reimagines the story from the point-of-view of the creature. Here's a link to the complete story on the Clarkesworld website:

"The Things"

And finally if like us, you're fans of John Carpenter, you owe it to yourself to check out the excellent podcast Masters of Carpentry, a detailed examination of all of Carpenter's film work: Here's a link to their episode on The Thing:

Masters of Carpentry: The Thing

Enjoy and thanks for listening!!

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