John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ Makes Surprising Box Office…

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+1398 – John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ Makes Surprising Box Office Reappearance – ‘The Thing’ is in the box office top ten four decades after its release

2022-06-23 16:24:11

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  1. Kate Bush in the charts, Top Gun and The Thing in movie theatres. Cold war with Russia. Inflation at 10%.

    Somebody is trying to reverse the timeline…

    I’m not wearing flares again.

  2. Well. You put one of the greatest motion pictures created by humans in the theatre. It will print some money.

  3. Saw it last night! Never thought I’d get to enjoy it on the big screen. Noticed things I’d never seen before and I’ve watched it like 15 times

  4. Because The Thing fucking rocks.

    It has one of the tightest scripts ever written, it’s just perfect.

  5. Not that “surprising.” It only landed badly at the time of release because no one wanted a scary/gross alien movie right after ET. Since the 90s, literally everyone who’s seen The Thing agrees that it fucking rules.

  6. I mean its one of the greatest horror films of all time and its got some of the best practical special effects ever seen in film. To this day.

    The 2011 Thing Prequel was such a massive disappointment with their move to CGI at the last minute.

    I honestly wish they had done practical effects for the new one like the old one.

    I remember the special effects company that DID the practical effects that were ultimately cut for CGI say how massively disappointed they were in that decision.

    Some days I wish Hollywood could go back and fix crap like this. Like I would love to see a true sequel to the 1982 movie (which was a remake of an earlier film btw), with a return to really effectively done well practical effects. I just don’t know if the skill to do what was done in 82 still exists anymore.

    I think that movie has some of my favorite horror scenes in it, from the couch scene testing the blood, to chest compressions leading to someones arms being bit off, a head splitting off a burning body and crawling away on spiderlegs or the dogs getting absorbed in the cage.

    The effects were good enough to feel real, while still keeping them as supportive of the story instead of trying to overtake the absolute horror of not being able to trust ANYONE around you, trapped in an icy hell with no transportation and knowing that some alien creature is taking over your coworkers and you don’t really know how to figure out who is who.

    I want special effects that are realistic enough yet they dont overwhelm the cast and acting, which is something i feel this movie never did.

    I saw this movie when i was a small child, much like NOES, and Halloween and Sleepaway Camp, I saw every horror movie made in the 80s with my dad before i turned 8.

    Its my gold standard for special effects, they’re so good you dont question the reality of what you are seeing and it allows you to engage the story, rather than wonder why that creature looked so freaking awkward because they did crap CGI to “save money”.

  7. I was 12 when this came out; the TV ads for it were SCARY. Even the poster was scary. I’d already seen the original B&W film and read ‘Who Goes There’ at that point… but had to wait until we had a video rental place a few years later before watching the movie.

    One of the few SF films I’ve ever seen that was truly scary in every respect, and caused me to worry greatly about what’s out there, and what might lie buried in the ice.

  8. I saw The Thing at The Rialto in Vancouver years ago. It was awesome seeing it on the big screen. I also saw Suspiria and The Shining…also awesome on the big screen. If you get the chance to see a classic on the big screen it’s totally worth it. You won’t/shouldn’t be disappointed.

  9. i have this weird fantasy that these fathom events will be popular enough that it convinces studio execs to *just re-release old classics* instead of making unnecessary sequels, prequels, and reboots.

    like i have *zero* desire to see the 2011 “the thing” but you bet your ass i bought tickets in advance for this show.

    i went out in the middle of covid lock downs to see “akira”. i drove an hour to see a 70mm print of “2001”. i’ll be at “the fifth element” this weekend, and “wrath of khan” in iirc september.

  10. Must suck not to live in a city where you have not one but TWO independent cinemas that show new releases alongside classics such as *The Thing* all the time.

  11. Soo… When I was in college I was telling my friends about the movie ‘The Thing’ and they thought it was the dumbest idea for a movie ever. It took some convincing but they gave it a shot. A 20 minute drive to Blockbuster and back later we were all sitting in front of the rear projection big screen in a dorm room with the door open, and they were entirely captivated. During the scene where the guys are tied to the couch and Kurt Russel is testing the blood samples and the monster reveals itself, we had the following amazing conversation:

    Brenton: “FUCK YO COUCH!!!”
    Me: “Right? FUCK YO COUCH!!!”
    Jered who didn’t want to be left out: “FUCK YO COUCH!!! FUCK YO FUCKING COUCH!!!”
    All of us at the same time: “FUCK YO COUCH! FUCK YO COUCH! FUCK YO FUCKING COUCH!!!”
    And then our R/A walked past the open door with the strangest look on his face wondering what was happening as we rhythmically chanted “FUCK YO COUCH!!!”

    This has since become one of my favorite and happiest memories 🙂

  12. I love the black and white original but the John Carpenter version nearly made me pee my pants! It really is the best of the three.

  13. *”It’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.”*
    One of the best overall horror movies ever made, and the best paranoia/horror film ever.

  14. Not hard when there aren’t many movies opening these days. It’s one big movie a week if that. Used to be 2 or 3 movies a week at one point when we had dramas and comedies at the box office.

  15. I wouldn’t even have known about this showing if I hadn’t heard about the aspect ratio stink. And I brought three friends with me.

    It was great, by the way.

  16. The 9th place movie is 500k?! I think the real story here is that movie theaters are dying.

    Also the 4k restoration version looks so good. Im probably used to looking at it in worn vhs potato vision. It so nice to see it so clearly!