‘The Thing’ is a scary classic movie that was released in 1982.
Directed by John Carpenter, ‘The Thing’ revolves around a shifting alien that assumes the life form of the deceased. ‘The Thing’ belongs to the genre of horror and Sci-Fi.
The production of this movie began in the early 1970s. It was expected to be an adaptation of a Sci-Fi novel from the 1950s ‘The Thing from Another World.’ The original script of the movie went through various directors and writers, who came up with different ideas on the approach to the story. Universal Pictures acquired the rights to make this movie from Wilbur Stark. John Carpenter was initially approached to direct this movie in 1974. However, being an independent director, Universal Pictures chose Tobe Hooper who was already under their contract. Universal Pictures tried their hands with several other directors. Disappointed by a series of failed pitches, approach, and storytelling, Universal Pictures approached John Carpenter again. Finally, John Carpenter took up the project in August 1981. The filming of this movie was spread across 12 weeks and took place in Los Angeles, Alaska, and British Columbia.
The movie received a critical review upon its theatrical release, terming it as an ‘Instant Junk’. Some praised it for its visual effects, some criticized it for the poor characterization of the actors. Though it failed to impress the audience then, ‘The Thing’ is considered one of the best horror classic movies even today. It found its audience when it made a television and home video release a little later. Filmmakers considered it a classic work and studied its influence on their works. ‘The Thing’ has allowed many filmmakers and video game companies to draw inspiration from the movie. ‘The Thing’ merchandise has today expanded to comics, haunted house attractions, video games, and board games.
The movie starts with a Norwegian helicopter buzzing at an Antarctica scientific base. The helicopter chases a dog that had escaped from the Norwegian base. This Sci-fi classic directed by John Carpenter includes the lead actors – Kurt Russell as MacReady, Wilford Brimley as Dr. Blair, Richard Dysart as Dr. Copper, Donald Moffat as Garry, and Keith Davis as Childs. A dramatic screenplay and cliched execution make the viewers glued to their seats till the very end.
Gripping MacReady Quotes From ‘The Thing’
‘The Thing’ is a classic sci-fi horror movie that revolves around a shape-shifting alien. MacReady is the protagonist who works with other characters in the movie to identify who ‘The Thing’ is. Here we bring you some gripping and anxious quotes from ‘The Thing’.
1.”I don’t know. Thousands of years ago it crashes, and this thing… gets thrown out, or crawls out, and it ends up freezing in the ice.”
2.”I know I’m human. And if you were all these things, then you’d just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn’t want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation.”
3.”I know what you mean, Blair. Trust is a tough thing to come by these days. Tell you what – why don’t you just trust in the Lord?”
4.”If we’ve got any surprises for each other, I don’t think we’re in much shape to do anything about it.”
5.”We’re gonna draw a little bit of everybody’s blood… ’cause we’re gonna find out who’s The Thing.”
6.”Watchin’ Norris in there gave me the idea that… maybe every part of him was a whole, every little piece was an individual animal with a built-in desire to protect its own life.”
7.”Ya see, when a man bleeds, it’s just tissue, but blood from one of you Things won t obey when it’s attacked. It’ll try and survive… crawl away from a hot needle, say.”
8.”This thing doesn’t want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It ‘ll fight if it has to, but it’s vulnerable out in the open.”
9.”If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it’s won.”
10.”[Holding TNT in one hand, and a lit flare in the other] Anybody touches me, and we go.”
11.”Somebody in this camp ain’t what he appears to be. Right now that may be one or two of us. By spring, it could be all of us.”
12.”Yes, Garry, they dig it up, they cart it back, it gets thawed out, it wakes up… probably not the best of moods… I don’t know, I wasn’t there!”
13.”I’m a real light sleeper, Childs.”
14.”Why don’t we just… wait here for a little while. See what happens.”
Other Famous Quotes From The Movie ‘The Thing’
Every character in the movie makes a remarkable contribution to the plot. The plot, dialogues, the screenplay make this movie a spooky movie to remember for ages. Here are a few quotes and dialogues from the other characters, including a Childs quote. Childs is a character in the movie ‘The Thing’. It was played by Keith David. This was his first significant role in a full-length film. Enjoy these ‘The Thing’ quotes.
15.”You’re gonna have to sleep sometime, MacReady.”
16. “Childs, happens all the time, man. They’re falling out of the skies like flies. The government knows all about it, right, Mac?”
17. “Listen: It could have imitated a million life-forms on a million planets. It could change into any one of them at any time. Now, it wants life-forms on Earth.”
18.”They’re not Swedish, Mac. They’re Norwegian.”
19.”I don’t know about Dr. Copper… but I give you my word I did not go near that blood!”
20.[viewing the ruined Norwegian camp] “My God, what the hell happened here?”
21.”Childs, Childs… Chariots of the Gods, man. They practically own South America. I mean, they taught the Incas everything they know.”
JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING FAMOUS QUOTES
#1. I stopped directing in 2001 for four or five years, until I did the TV series ‘Masters Of Horror.’ I had been working steadily as a director since 1970. That’s a long time. I was burned out. – Author: John Carpenter
#2. It’s a very good time for horror. This business certainly has changed, but there’s still room for serious horror films. Look at 28 Days Later, that’s not a tongue-in-cheek picture. – Author: John Carpenter
#3. ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ made me want to make films. I am wild about the films of John Carpenter, Ridley Scott, Howard Hawks and Sam Peckinpah. – Author: Neil Marshall
#4. As a filmmaker, it’s about surviving and lasting. So many talented people that I’ve known in my life – directors and writers – just haven’t made it and haven’t had a chance. – Author: John Carpenter
#5. Directing is all about storytelling. It’s not about equipment, or anything else. – Author: John Carpenter
#6. I can play just about any keyboard but I can’t read or write a note. – Author: John Carpenter
#7. Horror has been a genre since the beginning of cinema, all the way back to the days of silent films. I don’t think it will ever go away because it’s so universal. Humor doesn’t always travel to other countries, but horror does. – Author: John Carpenter
#8. Horror stories have always worked on film. It’s where they work. That’s where vampires and ghosts and UFOs are real. They’re not particularly real in life, but they’re real on the screen. It’s the communal aspect of movie-watching. – Author: John Carpenter
#9. I made a decision back in 1978 that, in a trade off for money when I directed Halloween, I would have my name above the title in order to basically brand these movies my own. – Author: John Carpenter
#10. I’ve gone through various periods with superheroes. They work in the right hands, but they don’t work in other hands. It’s tricky. But any movie is tricky. It’s impossible to say, ‘This is what you do in any situation.’ – Author: John Carpenter
#11. To make Michael Myers frightening, I had him walk like a man, not a monster. – Author: John Carpenter
#12. When I was a kid, I loved ‘The Curse of Frankenstein,’ ‘The Creeping Unknown,’ ‘X: The Unknown.’ I love ‘Forbidden Planet,’ ‘The Thing from Another World.’ They were science fiction/horror movies, generally. – Author: John Carpenter
#13. Well, ‘They Live’ was a primal scream against Reaganism of the ’80s. And the ’80s never went away. They’re still with us. That’s what makes ‘They Live’ look so fresh – it’s a document of greed and insanity. It’s about life in the United States then and now. If anything, things have gotten worse. – Author: John Carpenter
#14. John Carpenter created the idea of Halloween, so his vision remains the most focused and intelligently directed of the series. The directors that have followed have kept the original intent of the concept. – Author: Donald Pleasence
#15. Remakes, in general, are a result of necessity being the mother of invention. They can’t open movies consistently and break through the advertising clutter that’s out there. – Author: John Carpenter
#16. We all question our sanity. Everyone has had an experience of loss of control of something. – Author: John Carpenter
#17. I love everything John Carpenter’s ever done. – Author: D.J. Cotrona
#18. There are two different stories in horror: internal and external. In external horror films, the evil comes from the outside, the other tribe, this thing in the darkness that we don’t understand. Internal is the human heart. – Author: John Carpenter
#19. If I had to pick one scary movie, I’d go with John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing.’ That’s probably number one. – Author: Drew Goddard
#20. I never thought I was doing the same thing as directors like John Carpenter, George Romero, and sometimes even Hitchcock, even though I’ve been sometimes compared to those other guys. We’re after different game. – Author: David Cronenberg
#21. I like all of John Carpenter’s movies. ‘The Thing’ is my favorite. – Author: Rob Lowe
#22. You have to fight really hard for a private life, and sometimes you don’t have one. It just gets to you after a while. It’s tough. – Author: John Carpenter
#23. One could make money and get a career going with a low-budget horror film about killers attacking on holidays. It is always flattering to have somebody copy you. – Author: John Carpenter
#24. Halloween put me on the map, and I’m very sad to hear of his death. – Author: John Carpenter
#25. My earliest memories of horror are ‘Friday the 13th Part 2,’ John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing,’ ‘Halloween,’ ‘An American Werewolf in London,’ and ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ … and ‘Hatchet’ is so obviously inspired by those films that I may as well have made it in 1984. – Author: Adam Green