The Bit Players rev up their flamethrowers and head to the Arctic for this week’s podcast on John Carpenter’s influential 1982 horror movie, The Thing. The guys look at 1982 as a whole in examining why The Thing was unsuccessful at the box office despite its high quality and eventual influence, how Carpenter and Kurt Russell are a match made in movie heaven, films that came both before and after that compare with the terrifying isolation story, what they’d do if they themselves were in a similar situation (hint: it involves liberal flamethrower use), and more. More specifically, the guys compare The Thing with Jaws and how the two films offer completely oppositional views on how to deal with a movie monster, but how each seems to achieve equal levels of terror.

The Thing (1982)
Director
John Carpenter
Stars
Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

Selected By
The Bit Players

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Aired Monday, October 31, 2016

The Bit Players rev up their flamethrowers and head to the Arctic for this week's podcast on John Carpenter's influential 1982 horror movie, The Thing. The guys look at 1982 as a whole in examining why The Thing was unsuccessful at the box office despite its high quality and eventual influence, how Carpenter and Kurt Russell are a match made in movie heaven, films that came both before and after that compare with the terrifying isolation story, what they'd do if they themselves were in a similar situation (hint: it involves liberal flamethrower use), and more. More specifically, the guys compare The Thing with Jaws and how the two films offer completely oppositional views on how to deal with a movie monster, but how each seems to achieve equal levels of terror.