Mike Seymour, Matt Wallin and TyRuben Ellingson look at The Thing and the structural changes in this years movie viewer demographics.

Additional fxguide coverage on The Thing is over at fxguidetv where we talked to Image Engine at their studio about the creature and environment visual effects work in director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s The Thing.

Show Notes:

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Cinematographer: Michel Abramowicz
VFX Companies and Supervisors:
Jesper Kjolsrud
Amalgamated Dynamics
Image Engine -- Tom Woodruff Jr. / Alex Gillis
Mr X
With A Twist

The Thing from Another World (1951) -- youtube video

The Thing (1982 - John Carpenter version)

Rob Bottin

Books by Peter Biskind

The 1982 version's Cinematographer -- Dean Cundey

Mimic (1997)

The source novella Who Goes There

Sean Haworth

The Blair head in the original film

Every Last Special Effect in Blade Runner in 5 Minutes -- Video

Night Skies

The Thing Theme


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  • Tom

    Very enjoyable discusssion guys! Nice Job!

  • Eric Fensler

    I just finished listening to Mike, Matt & Ty talking about The Thing on the VFX Show. I so enjoyed your discussion and had to tell you. Considering that Carpenter’s Thing is my second favorite horror movie I also loved how Ty and Matt defended it against Mike’s not liking it. I liked how you tried to point out the type of people the movie was aimed at, the teen fans of Famous Monsters and Fangoria, the comic book readers and monster kit builders. I gasped when Mike questioned if the monster effects competed on the level of films like Alien. I look forward to your next discussion!