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The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998)

| Documentary | Video 1998
A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film.

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Cast overview:
John Carpenter ... Himself
David Foster ... Himself
Bill Lancaster Bill Lancaster ... Himself
John J. Lloyd John J. Lloyd ... Himself (as John Lloyd)
Dean Cundey ... Himself
Rob Bottin ... Himself
Kurt Russell ... Himself
Richard Masur ... Himself
Charles Hallahan ... Himself
Peter Kuran ... Himself
Susan Turner ... Herself
Albert Whitlock Albert Whitlock ... Himself
Todd C. Ramsay Todd C. Ramsay ... Himself (as Todd Ramsay)
Stan Winston ... Himself
Joel Polis ... Himself
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A revealing and insightful look into the making of this underrated horror film.

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Nice Look Back at The Thing
19 January 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (1998)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good documentary taking a look at the making of John Carpenter's THE THING. Carpenter is joined by cast members Kurt Russell, Richard Masur, Charlie Hallahan and crew members Rob Bottin, Stan Winston, Peter Kuran, David Foster, Bill Lancaster, Dean Cundy, Todd Ramsay, Susan Turner and John Lloyd. With so many original members on hand you can imagine that quite a bit of detail is given on the making of the film and as Carpenter says, it's rather amazing that they were able to do what they did in the conditions that they were working in. You hear various stories about the production of the movie, which was often hampered by the snow and cold and there are a few great stories from the cast members dealing with a troubled bus ride just getting to the location. Bottin, the man behind the ground-breaking special effects, tells a lot of stories including how he met Carpenter, how he got hired and of course there's talk of how all the special effects were done. As usual Carpenter is great to listen to and he really gives you a great idea of what he wanted out of the film and he also talks about the original movie and story and why he wanted this one to be different. Cast members share plenty of stories as well including what it was like working on an all male cast. Of course, another big subject is how the film didn't do too well at the box office only to gain popularity on video. Fans of THE THING are really going to enjoy seeing so many of the original cast members and the stories are usually great and worth listening to.


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