Top 27 The Thing Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Thing facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Thing film message.

At the end of The Thing (1982) Kurt Russell hands a whiskey bottle to Childs which he drinks from. Earlier in the film Russell filled them with gas to burn down the camp. The Thing wouldn't know the difference and the musical cue hints at this.

At the end of The Thing (1982), Childs' breath isn't visible. MacReady's breath is clearly visible with the same lighting.
At the end of The Thing (1982), Childs' breath isn't visible. MacReady's breath is clearly visible with the same lighting.

The Thing Trivia

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  1. The title effects sequence was made using an animation cell with "The Thing" written on it placed behind a smoke filled fish tank which was then covered with a plastic garbage bag. The burning effect was created once the bag ingited.

  2. When the creature "roars", it is rumored that John Carpenter himself said that it is emitting the screams every of every creature it has consumed thus far

  3. For the scene where Dr. Copper gets his arms bitten off, two shots that each lasted only a few seconds, had an actual amputee standing in Richard Dysart's place wearing a mask in his likeness

  4. Before the dog goes into the dorm room you see a shadow on the wall. This was supposed to be Palmer, but since David Clennon's silhouette was too distinct, stunt coordinator Dick Warlock was used instead.

  5. (1982) when Copper's arms are torn off by Norris-Thing, Richard Dysart was replaced by an amputee lookalike missing both of his arms. They then attached fake arms made with Jello, wax bones and rubber arteries for the astounding effect.

The Thing Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Ice structure detail - Alien homage
    Ice structure detail - Alien homage

The Thing Hidden Details

MacReady calls the chess computer a cheater and pours liquor on it. This is supposed to show what kind of person he is, but due to an editing mistake, the computer did actually make an impossible move

1 - Windows dropped the keys when he saw the assimilation in the storeroom, leading to the blood storage being sabotaged.
Windows dropped the keys when he saw the assimilation in the storeroom, leading to the blood storage being sabotaged.
1 - During the scene where the monster reveals itself in the dog and absorbs the other dogs, the petals on it's fuller form are made up of dog tongues.
During the scene where the monster reveals itself in the dog and absorbs the other dogs, the petals on it's fuller form are made up of dog tongues.
1 - Childs and MacReady are the only two characters who kill a Thing - and are the only two to survive through the whole movie
Childs and MacReady are the only two characters who kill a Thing - and are the only two to survive through the whole movie
1 - This poster hangs prominently in the base's rec room warning, "They aren't labeled, chum!" to humans hunted by shapeshifting aliens.
This poster hangs prominently in the base's rec room warning, "They aren't labeled, chum!" to humans hunted by shapeshifting aliens.

Was able to sabotage the blood bags

1 - The camera makes a deliberate pan towards the generator room (down the stairs), suggesting that Childs (hidden from view on the right) was attacked and assimilated from behind.
The camera makes a deliberate pan towards the generator room (down the stairs), suggesting that Childs (hidden from view on the right) was attacked and assimilated from behind.
1 - In this scene of the film, Blair is fully assimilated as the Thing. When before he was heavily distraught about the situation, in this scene he says he's "a lot better now." The noose shows that either he was about to kill himself and the Thing killed him or succeeded hanging.
In this scene of the film, Blair is fully assimilated as the Thing. When before he was heavily distraught about the situation, in this scene he says he's "a lot better now." The noose shows that either he was about to kill himself and the Thing killed him or succeeded hanging.
1 - The Thing, disguised as a dog, immediately goes up to greet Bennings as it is being pursued by the Norwegians. Bennings is the first member of the research station to be assimilated by a Thing onscreen.
The Thing, disguised as a dog, immediately goes up to greet Bennings as it is being pursued by the Norwegians. Bennings is the first member of the research station to be assimilated by a Thing onscreen.

Main character Kate Lloyd is first introduced listening to the Men at Work song "Who Can It be Now?" which foreshadows the alien's shapeshifting abilities.

1 - Windows is sent to lock up the blood bank and after returning finds Bennings being converted. In his shock he drops the keys and its not shown only audio of the keys dropping is heard. Later in the movie the blood bank is destroyed when everyone was away.
Windows is sent to lock up the blood bank and after returning finds Bennings being converted. In his shock he drops the keys and its not shown only audio of the keys dropping is heard. Later in the movie the blood bank is destroyed when everyone was away.
1 - During the blood test scene there's a sign barely in focus that says "They aren't labeled chum", possibly alluding to the question of which is human and who is a Thing.
During the blood test scene there's a sign barely in focus that says "They aren't labeled chum", possibly alluding to the question of which is human and who is a Thing.
1 - The song "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder is played, foreshadowing the paranoia that befalls the characters
The song "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder is played, foreshadowing the paranoia that befalls the characters

Mac makes sure Bennings is okay and leaves his booze with him. The moment Mac looks away Bennings drinks from the bottle

1 - Palmer-Thing (a few mins before it was discovered) was actually pretending to be breathing as the rise of its chest looks to be exaggerated due to the fact that the thing hasn't learnt how to normally breathe like a human yet
Palmer-Thing (a few mins before it was discovered) was actually pretending to be breathing as the rise of its chest looks to be exaggerated due to the fact that the thing hasn't learnt how to normally breathe like a human yet
1 - When a husky runs into the American camp, a Norwegian stranger -- whom they ignore -- yells in his native tongue, "That's not a dog, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a dog, it isn't real!"
When a husky runs into the American camp, a Norwegian stranger -- whom they ignore -- yells in his native tongue, "That's not a dog, it's some sort of thing! It's imitating a dog, it isn't real!"

ARE CONNECTED!!!

: Blair destroyed the radio, helicopter and snow mobiles because it is in a shared universe with Transformers and he was disabling the Decepticons who where trapped in the ice with Megatron.

The Thing poster
The Thing poster

The Thing Plot

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Thing. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director John Carpenter
Stars Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon
IMDB score 8.1