History Film / TheThing1982

26th Jun '17 6:00:05 PM SkidTroper
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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: showed Nauls' death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, Mac and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene would've been Nauls' death scene occurring just before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then the rest of Nauls' body would rise out, ''[[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones]] and missing a hand''. While Mac stared horrified, '''[[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth]]''', silencing his cries. Nauls' head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open, killing him.]]

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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: showed Nauls' death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, Mac and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene would've been Nauls' death scene occurring just before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then the rest of Nauls' body would rise out, ''[[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones]] and missing a hand''. While Mac stared horrified, '''[[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth]]''', silencing his cries. Nauls' head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open, killing him.]]
26th Jun '17 5:58:00 PM SkidTroper
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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: showed Naul's death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, Mac and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene would've been Nauls' death scene occurring just before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then the rest of Nauls' body would rise out, [[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones]] and missing a hand. While MacReady stared horrified, [[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth]], silencing his cries. Nauls' head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open, killing him.]]

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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: showed Naul's Nauls' death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, Mac and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene would've been Nauls' death scene occurring just before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then the rest of Nauls' body would rise out, [[ImMelting ''[[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones]] and missing a hand. hand''. While MacReady Mac stared horrified, [[BodyHorror '''[[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth]], mouth]]''', silencing his cries. Nauls' head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open, killing him.]]
26th Jun '17 5:55:52 PM SkidTroper
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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: showed Naul's death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, Mac and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene would've been Nauls' death scene occurring just before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then the rest of Nauls' body would rise out, [[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones]] and missing a hand. While MacReady stared horrified, [[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth]], silencing his cries]]. Nauls' head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open, killing him.]]

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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: showed Naul's death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, Mac and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene would've been Nauls' death scene occurring just before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then the rest of Nauls' body would rise out, [[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones]] and missing a hand. While MacReady stared horrified, [[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth]], silencing his cries]].cries. Nauls' head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open, killing him.]]
26th Jun '17 5:55:10 PM SkidTroper
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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: shows Naul's death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, Mac and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene would've been Nauls' death scene first before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then his body would rise out, [[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones]] and missing a hand. While MacReady stared horrified, [[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth, silencing his cries]]. His head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open.]]

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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: shows showed Naul's death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, Mac and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene would've been Nauls' death scene first occurring just before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" me!" Then his the rest of Nauls' body would rise out, [[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones]] and missing a hand. hand. While MacReady stared horrified, [[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth, mouth]], silencing his cries]]. His cries]]. Nauls' head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open.open, killing him.]]



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Assimilation by a Thing counts as this by default. In addition to that, [[spoiler: Windows]] is ''brutally'' mauled by one of the Things (and then set on fire for good measure), [[spoiler: Copper]] bleeds to death after having his forearms bitten off, [[spoiler: Garry]] gets a Thing arm down the throat and is dragged around by the [[spoiler: Blair]]-Thing as additional biomass for a OneWingedAngel transformation, and [[spoiler: Fuchs]] is impied to have set himself on fire to avoid assimilation.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Assimilation by a Thing counts as this by default. In addition to that, [[spoiler: Windows]] is ''brutally'' mauled by one of the Things (and then set on fire for good measure), [[spoiler: Copper]] bleeds to death after having his forearms bitten off, [[spoiler: Garry]] gets a Thing arm down the throat and is dragged around by the [[spoiler: Blair]]-Thing as additional biomass for a OneWingedAngel transformation, transformation [[spoiler: which also happened to Nauls in a more graphic in a deleted scene]], and [[spoiler: Fuchs]] is impied implied to have set himself on fire to avoid assimilation.



* EatenAlive: In a strange but very real way, once the Thing gets ahold of you, it devours you from the ''inside out'' and leaves a perfect-looking copy of you, ready to explode into a monster at any time. This is ''especially'' apparent with the Dog-Thing, as one of the dogs is obviously being ''digested alive'' by the malformed Dog-Thing, whining piteously in pain.

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* EatenAlive: In a strange but very real way, once the Thing gets ahold of you, it devours you from the ''inside out'' and leaves a perfect-looking copy of you, ready to explode into a monster at any time. This is ''especially'' apparent with the Dog-Thing, as one of the dogs is obviously being ''digested alive'' by the malformed Dog-Thing, whining piteously in pain. This was [[spoiler: also Nauls' fate in a deleted scene]]
26th Jun '17 5:49:23 PM SkidTroper
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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: shows Naul's death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, MacReady and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene, instead of the final form of the Blair-Thing appearing in front of MacReady after taking the plunger, it would've been Nauls' death scene first. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then his body would rise out, skin and flesh melting off the bones and missing a hand. While MacReady stared horrified, small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth, silencing his cries. His head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before the tentacle burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open.]]

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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: shows Naul's death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, MacReady Mac and Nauls split up. up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. arm. The next scene, instead of the final form of the Blair-Thing appearing in front of MacReady after taking the plunger, it scene would've been Nauls' death scene first. first before the final form of the Blair-Thing appeared in front of Mac. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then his body would rise out, [[ImMelting skin and flesh melting off the bones bones]] and missing a hand. While MacReady stared horrified, [[BodyHorror small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth, silencing his cries. cries]]. His head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before the tentacle it burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open.]]
26th Jun '17 5:42:11 PM SkidTroper
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** A horrifying deleted scene [[spoiler: shows Naul's death, but it wasn't filmed due to time and budget constraints. The scene is shown in storyboard and takes place in the final act; after the Blair-Thing assimilates Garry, MacReady and Nauls split up. Nauls goes down a narrow hallway and eventually stops in front of a large cabinet. He find Garry's body then looks up and is grabbed by Blair, looming above him in a tentacled, blob-like form with a malformed arm. The next scene, instead of the final form of the Blair-Thing appearing in front of MacReady after taking the plunger, it would've been Nauls' death scene first. After the floor burst open, Nauls' head emerged from the hole, rolling and crying out "Help me!" Then his body would rise out, skin and flesh melting off the bones and missing a hand. While MacReady stared horrified, small tentacles would pop out all over Nauls' body while a large one moved up his throat then out his mouth, silencing his cries. His head rolled around as the large tentacle ballooned before the tentacle burst Nauls' jaw and ribcage open.]]
31st May '17 12:57:49 AM SkidTroper
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* BodyHorror: This film is infamous for its transformation sequences. Once a Thing is forced to reveal itself, EldritchAbomination is the most charitable way of describing what pops out - a head growing extra eyes on stalks and skittering away on spider legs is perhaps the most ''tame'' example.[[note]]That particular scene had such a level of {{Gorn}} and NauseaFuel that Carpenter actually had to cut in a PrecisionFStrike to make it watchable by his standards, and was extremely unhappy cable airings cut it out.[[/note]]

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* BodyHorror: This film is infamous for its transformation sequences. Once a Thing is forced to reveal itself, EldritchAbomination is the most charitable way of describing what pops out - a severed head growing extra eyes on stalks and skittering away on spider legs is perhaps the most ''tame'' example.[[note]]That particular scene had such a level of {{Gorn}} and NauseaFuel that Carpenter actually had to cut in a PrecisionFStrike to make it watchable by his standards, and was extremely unhappy cable airings cut it out.[[/note]]
14th May '17 11:10:52 PM Scabbard
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* {{Novelization}}: by Creator/AlanDeanFoster.

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* {{Novelization}}: by By Creator/AlanDeanFoster.
14th May '17 11:06:05 PM Scabbard
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* IdiotBall: People make a lot of mistakes throughout the movie, [[TropesAreTools which is really what drives a good part of the horror - people are fallible, and, under this kind of pressure, will almost inevitably screw up a lot]]. Special notice should go to Nauls at the end of the film, who walks towards a moving form ([[spoiler: The Blair-Thing pulling Garry's body]]) without telling [=MacReady=], who's literally 3 or so feet away from him at the time. [[spoiler: We never see Nauls again]]

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* IdiotBall: People make a lot of mistakes throughout the movie, [[TropesAreTools which is really what drives a good part of the horror - people are fallible, and, under this kind of pressure, will almost inevitably screw up a lot]]. Special notice should go to Nauls at the end of the film, who walks towards a moving form ([[spoiler: The ([[spoiler:the Blair-Thing pulling Garry's body]]) without telling [=MacReady=], who's literally 3 or so feet away from him at the time. [[spoiler: We never see Nauls again]]again]].



* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Said by Palmer [[spoiler:when he sees the Norris-spider head walking away]]

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Said by Palmer [[spoiler:when he sees the Norris-spider head walking away]]away]].
14th May '17 10:48:11 PM Scabbard
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* DownerEnding: In some versions edited for broadcast on TNT/TBS, an AlternateEnding is included that is much grimmer than the original cut. After fading to black on the [[spoiler: burning camp, the camera fades up again on a husky running across the Antarctic landscape. So not only is everyone dead but the Thing definitely survived.]][[http://youtu.be/2Xu2cFljkPw?t=3m32s Can be seen here.]] Blair did say earlier that a dog couldn't make it very far, so there may be hope yet.

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* DownerEnding: In some versions edited for broadcast on TNT/TBS, an AlternateEnding is included that is much grimmer than the original cut. After fading to black on the [[spoiler: burning camp, the camera fades up again on a husky running across the Antarctic landscape. So not only is everyone dead but the Thing definitely survived.]][[http://youtu.]] [[http://youtu.be/2Xu2cFljkPw?t=3m32s Can be seen here.]] Blair did say earlier that a dog couldn't make it very far, so there may be hope yet.
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