The Thing (1982) – WTF Happened to This Horror Movie?

The Thing (1982) – WTF Happened to This Horror Movie?

John Carpenter's 1982 film the thing (view or buy HERE) is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made - but when it was first released, the thing was a box-office failure, torn by critics who accused Carpenter of being a "bloody pornographer." So we decided to delve into the making of this flop-turned-classic with a new installment of ours What happened to this horror movie? Video series that you can watch in the embed above.

carpenter directed the thing from a screenplay by Bill Lancaster based on the 1938 novella by John W. Campbell Jr who goes therepreviously released as a 1951 film The thing from another world. Carpenter's film has the following synopsis:

In remote Antarctica, a group of American explorers are shot at at their base camp by a helicopter that is shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, he brutally attacks both humans and dogs in the camp, and they discover that the animal can take the form of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot and the camp doctor lead the camp crew in a desperate, bloody battle against the evil creature before she slays them all, one by one.

Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, TK Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, and Thomas G Waites.

This is what the WTF happened to this horror movie Series is all about: Hollywood has had its fair share of historically problematic productions. Whether it's cast changes, actor deaths, fired directors, rewrites during production, constant delays, budget cuts, or studio edits, these films intended to be blockbusters but were met with unforeseen disasters. Sometimes big hits, sometimes box-office hits. Either way we have to ask: What happened to this horror movie?

the the thing (1982) episode of What happened to this horror movie? was written by Cody Hamman, edited by Joseph Wilson, narrated by Jason Hewlett, produced by Lance Vlcek and John Fallon, and executive produced by Berge Garabedian.

A few of the show's previous episodes can be seen below. To see more visit our JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel — and subscribe while you're there!

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