Thursday, May 19, 2022

Blog: The Original Fan

A few days after production on stage wrapped John Carpenter stood in the doorway of my office. He had just seen a rough assembly of THE THING for the first time, and he wasn't happy. The movie didn't work. Lacking the location footage and many special effects he found the cut to be long, dull, and, above all, lacking in tension - his biggest fear. The early scenes with the men were endlessly repetitive and dragged on forever. Most of the byplay and humor fell flat. The film felt formless and just seemed to drift along, with no one character breaking out of the pack to drive the action...

Click below for an extremely interesting account of how John Carpenter's The Thing used to be something entirely different...

Thanks, Mike!  I had NO idea about any of this stuff.  

Especially THIS...ugh: