Special Report: The Thing (1982)

Special Guests: John Kenneth Muir, Jez Conolly, Dean Cundey, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites
Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Patrick Bromley

Initially lambasted by critics, John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) was a brilliant adaptation of John W. Campbell's novella Who Goes There?. The film tells the story of a dozen men in Antarctica who are infiltrated by an alien shapeshifter.

Interviews include authors John Kenneth Muir (The Films of John Carpenter), Jez Conolly (Devil’s Advocates: The Thing), actors Joel Polis (Fuchs), Thomas G. Waites (Windows), and cinematographer Dean Cundey.

Patrick Bromley of the F This Movie podcast and El Goro of the Talk Without Rhythm podcast join Mike on this very special episode.

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Bonus Interview with Stuart Cohen:
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Buy The Thing on Blu-Ray
Buy The Films of John Carpenter by John Kenneth Muir
Buy Devil's Advocates: The Thing by Jez Connelly
Buy The Thing (BFI Modern Classics) by Anne Billson
Visit Stuart Cohen's website
Visit the Joel Polis website
Visit the Thomas G. Waites website
Visit Jez Conolly's official website
Visit John Kenneth Muir's blog
Watch ‘Big John’: A 75-Minute Precious Exploration of John Carpenter’s Life, Work and Ways
Read John Carpenter's The Thing had an Icy Critical Reception
Visit Outpost31.com
Read Ennio Morricone’s unused score for The Thing ended up in The Hateful Eight by Ben Kaye
Listen to Special "The Thing" Commentary for Patricia Stevens by The After Movie Diner
Read The Men Who Were 'The Thing' Look Back on a Modern Horror Classic by Simon Abrams and Matt Zoller Seitz
Listen to the The Thing Read Along Book
Here more from Dean Cundey on The Projection Booth
Listen to our interview with Keith David
Hear more Patrick Bromley on F This Movie!
Hear more El Goro on Talk Without Rhythm

"Burn It" - Ennio Morricone
"Bestiality" - Ennio Morricone
"Fuchs" - Ennio Morricone
"The Thing that was Bennings" - Ennio Morricone
"Desolation (Main Theme)" - Ennio Morricone
That Thing" - Who Ha
"I Know I'm Human" - Beckett


The Hateful Thing from KINO on Vimeo.


  1. Regarding THE THING 2011 - Requel (remake/seq/pre/quel)- emphasis on the REEK...

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  3. Another stellar job from The Booth!

    One 'thing' that didn't come up in the discussion; in 2010, author Peter Watts wrote the short story, "The Things", which recounts the events in the Carpenter film from the one perspective not at all covered - the title characters'.
    Very interesting, the story caused some controversy in some circles.

    The story - http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/

    Audio reading - https://youtu.be/h-G-k9-y1NA

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqQ99s4Ywnw