It’s Episode 129! Illustrators Sam Gilbey and David Litchfield join Flixwatcher to review Sam’s choice, John Carpenters The Thing.

The Thing is a 1981 sci-fi horror directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell. Not to be confused with the 2011 version, The Thing or The Thing from Another World from 1951.

The film opens with a dog being chased across an ice landscape by a Norwegian helicopter, they fail to kill the dog and accidentally blown themselves up. What follows is a delicious mix of isolation paranoia, gross body horror and big action moments.

You may not have seen it, but you’ll probably be familiar with the line “you’ve got to be fucking kidding’ and the disembodied head spider scuttling across the floor.

With a score by Ennio Morricone and some excellent dog acting, The Thing has aged reasonably well. The Rob Bottin special effects are as ridiculous and gross as they were in the 80s, even if they do look a little rubbery now.


Scoring fairly high across all categories (with slightly less from Kobi) The Thing scores an impressive 4.27 overall. There was a lot of love/general terror for The Thing from Twitter too.

What do you guys think? Have you seen The Thing? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!


Episode #129 Crew Links


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More about The Thing


For more info on The Thing, you can visit The Thing IMDb page here or The Thing Rotten Tomatoes page here.


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