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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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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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A Wonderful Documentary On A Wonderful Film
21 January 2004 | by esstee55See all my reviews

As a huge fan, since its release, of John Carpenter's now-classic "The Thing," I was ecstatic to find out that this was included in the DVD version of the movie, but I have to admit that I was also disappointed as well. There'd been a rumor for nearly two decades (perpetrated by Fangoria magazine) that the brilliant Rob Bottin had actually made much more of a dynamic final scene than the one we now see, but that Carpenter had "chickened out" and cut alot of it at the last minute. So, I figured this documentary would show the "real" ending, especially since the DVD box advertized that there were "deleted scenes." Alas, all you see, when it comes to that final scene, is some home-movie footage of a tiny model being animated by the stop-motion process. I guess we'll never know if that rumor was true or not. Oh well, as stated above, the doc as a whole is still wonderful, with Director Carpenter, star Russell, and several others of the cast and crew, reminiscing and recanting. Rob Bottin rules!!!


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