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Show Notes: Episode 1 – John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)

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There’s an excellent fansite for this movie with a lot of invaluable research called Outpost 31. You can find some very thorough discussion of the movie, a timeline of the major events, and a frequently asked questions which goes over a lot of the mythology of the events in the film.
http://www.outpost31.com/

Producer Stuart Cohen wrote a series of blog posts at the start of this decade, which gives a timeline of the events surrounding the first half of shooting and Carpenter’s extensive rewrites to the script, among many other things including casting and budget.
http://theoriginalfan.blogspot.com.au

Jonathan Rosenbaum’s blog details his set visit in December 1981.
http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net

Joe Valdez has written a great piece called “Is this the most-hated film of all-time?” at This Distracted Globe. It runs through the production, release and reception of the movie very well.
http://thisdistractedglobe.com/2009/05/14/the-thing/

Anne Bilson wrote an excellent retrospective on the film in 2009, prior to the release of the prequel, for The Guardian.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/aug/27/the-thing-john-carpenter

There’s a lot of places on the web that hotly debate the ending of the movie. Some of the betters ones are listed here.

For a different perspective, writer Peter Watts wrote a short story “The Things” for Clarkesworld Magazine. It was nominated for or a finalist for the 2011 Hugo Awards, 2010 BSFA Awards, 2011 Locus Award for Best Short Story, and 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Award. It won the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award. It’s a story written from the viewpoint of the Thing itself and is available in its entirety on the Clarkesworld website.
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Luke also wrote an in-depth review of the film in June 2014 on his Letterbox account.
http://letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/film/the-thing/

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