The Thing Blood Test Scene

(Welcome to Scariest Scene Ever, a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: The Thing delivers an iconic scene that rivals Hitchcock in creating unbearable tension.)

It Chapter Two dominated the box office this weekend, and if you were among the masses to see how the story ended for the Losers’ Club, you likely picked up many of the references and Easter eggs that’s par for the course of a Stephen King adaptation. From overt cameos to subtle allusions to the novel, the concluding chapter had it all. Including one bizarre sequence that riffs on a memorable moment from John Carpenter’s The Thing.

While it’s an unexpected choice to reference a film outside of King’s multiverse, the intent seems to be course correcting 1982’s initial chilly reception of a now-heralded horror classic while nodding to the Losers Club ‘80s-set childhood and It’s final form. Either way, it presents yet another excuse to revisit Carpenter’s thrilling showcase of practical effects, relentless anxiety, and the complete erosion of community by way of paranoia and mistrust.  The Thing boasts no shortage of iconic moments and monsters, but it’s the blood test scene that stands out for the effective way it unnerves through coiling tension. This scene is a masterclass of suspense that rivals the work of the King of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

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Matthew Peak The Thing Print

John Carpenter may best be known for skyrocketing the slasher genre to new heights with Halloween. But let’s not forget what he also did for sci-fi horror with his 1982 remake of The Thing. And in celebration of that classic, Bottleneck Gallery is releasing their last new print of 2018 in the form of The Thing print by artist Matthew Peak. It’s a stunning work that the artist created for a recent screening of The Thing, and now you can get your hands on it.

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Coco Storyboards

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Bill Hader goes out of his way to give one of the worst auditions. Plus, see how Pixar Animation’s Oscar-winning movie Coco developed from storyboards to final animation, and see how John Carpenter‘s adaptation of The Thing compares to the novella that inspired it. Read More »

John Carpenter album

Not only is John Carpenter an acclaimed filmmaker behind some of the best horror movies ever made – HalloweenThe ThingThey Live – he’s also the creator of some of the best horror movie music. Just as E.T. wouldn’t be nearly as effective without John Williams’ orchestral score, Halloween would be a lesser film without Carpenter’s eerie yet simple themes, made up of repeating piano melodies that alternate between sporadic and heart-attack fast. Horror movie music wouldn’t be the same without Carpenter’s contributions, which are just as exciting and influential as his films. While other horror soundtrack composers tend to encroach on an audience with loud, stunning musical cues, Carpenter’s scores hang back; waiting, biding their time, and building dread.

Carpenter is releasing a new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of 13 of his movie themes re-recorded with his touring band. And it’s pretty great. So join us: we’re going through the new John Carpenter album track by track.

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The Empire Strikes Back - Karl Fitzgerald - Bottleneck Gallery NYCC Prints

This weekend, New York Comic-Con will descend upon The Big Apple, bringing all sorts of hardcore nerdity to the city. We’ll be bringing you all of the important updates about upcoming movies and TV shows, but in the meantime, we’ve got a line on some of the outstanding collectible artwork you’ll be able to get your hands on from the showfloor (and some you can get online too).

Bottleneck Gallery has sent us some exclusive debuts of prints that will be on sale this weekend at New York Comic-Con. They include an outstanding new print for The Empire Strikes Back by Karl Fitzgerald, who also delivered a mesmerizing piece in honor of Blade Runner 2049. Plus, Martin Ansin has an astounding print for Wonder Woman, and there are prints for The Thing, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Watchmen, Jaws, Guardians of the Galaxy and more.

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The 15 Best Horror Remakes Ever Made

Best Horror Remakes

Recently, I highlighted what I believed to be the worst horror remakes ever made in honor of this week’s release of Flatliners. But enough negativity! Let’s look at some good horror remakes, which do indeed exist! Every once in awhile, a filmmaker will come along, take an original film, and find a creative, exciting way to remake it. Sometimes these remakes even surpass the original films. It’s rare, but it happens, and when it does, that’s worth celebrating. Let’s look at the best horror remakes of all time.

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The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 header

John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic The Thing is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I’d jump at any opportunity to return to the film’s paranoia-fueled research station. Looks like I better start stretching and put on my jumping shoes (that’s a thing, right?), because Mondo, the company largely responsible for the rise of poster art over the past decade, is breaking into the board game business, and their first game is called The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31.

We’ve written about the game in an edition of Cardboard Cinema, but now we have a first look at the box art, the game board, and more. Refuel your flamethrowers and read on.
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Ben Pearson’s Favorite Movies of All Time

Ben Pearson's Favorite Movies of All Time

What’s up, /Film readers? My name is Ben Pearson, and I’m new here. Talking about movies is clearly a huge part of what we do on the site, so a fitting way for me to introduce myself is to present you with my 15 favorite films of all time so you can either appreciate or scoff at my choices. Let’s get started Read More »

The Best Movie Creatures of All Time

Kong Skull Island

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “Which is your favorite creature in a movie?” 

As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team alongside a special guest. This week, we are joined by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of the Sundance Film Festival sensation The Kings of Summer and the upcoming monster movie Kong: Skull Island. Find out the best movie creatures of all time below!

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the thing board game

Welcome to Cardboard Cinema, a feature that explores the intersection between movies and tabletop gaming. This column is sponsored by Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas.

Mondo has built its reputation on creating objects of tangible, physical beauty: posters, t-shirts, pins, and toys, all of it geared toward pop culture-savvy individuals hungry for something unique. In many ways, their entry into the world of tabletop gaming was inevitable. The company has announced that they’re planning to release their first board game and it is based on one of the most beloved genre films of all time, John Carpenter’s 1982 classic, The Thing.

But speaking as someone with walls covered with Mondo prints and two massive shelves of board games, this is also the kind of announcement that makes me stroke my chin and go “Hmmm.”

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