When John Carpenter’s remake of “The Thing” was released 32 years ago, critics were mixed on the horror film – Roger Ebert gave it 2 1/2 stars – and North American audiences, still head over heels in love with Steven Spielberg’s tale of a nicer alien visitor – “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” – largely ignored Carpenter’s film. Thankfully, time has been kind to “The Thing” and it’s now rightfully regarded as a horror classic which has inspired Vashi Nedomansky to create a video showcasing the origins of the frightening images in the film.
Lasting nearly five minutes long, the video is a side-by-side comparison of artist Michael Plogg’s storyboards and the final film. Two sequences are singled out for comparison, the crew’s discovery of the alien spacecraft in the ice and the iconic defibrillation scene. There’s few extra beats in the final version of the latter sequence, but the storyboards and film are still virtually identical. Check it out for yourself below and watch John Carpenter’s “The Thing” if you need a cool-down on this hot summer day. [35 MM]