The Thing

Trivia: Poor Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr.'s practical creature effects were nearly all replaced or so digitally-composited that, in frustration, they started a Kickstarter campaign that led to the film Harbinger Down.

Erik M.

Trivia: Much of the ending was reshot, including a scene where the alien pilots within the spaceship were witnessed by Kate Lloyd dangling from some sort of tubes; the body of one was replaced post-production by an odd Tetris-like display.

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Trivia: The director actually cast as many actual Norwegian actors as he could for authenticity, commenting that he assembled some of the best and most recognizable stars from there.

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Trivia: The showdown with the Dr. Sander Halvorson-thing was done as a disappointing rush job when the ending was hastily replaced - Kate Lloyd was meant to encounter the spaceship's pilots and a whole other confrontation was devised, along with Dr. Halvorson being dead.

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Trivia: Early script ideas for the plot included having MacReady and Childs rescued but frostbitten and then the horrid truth about one (or both) revealed, or having MacReady's helicopter pilot brother come by the camp and discover the disaster there. Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. wanted to remind the audience of MacReady with the character of helicopter pilot Sam Carter (played by Joel Edgerton).

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Trivia: The fire effects throughout were done practically instead of digitally via clever in-camera effects and the use of special suits, gels and rigs allowing for precisely-controlled burns and for stuntmen to remain aflame longer.

Erik M.

Factual error: Winter in Antarctica would not have a night and day as portrayed, with the amount of light changing so much during the course of 24 hours.

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Question: In the last part of the movie, how are they supposed to drive the snow vehicles? There is a scene before where they cut the wires of all the vehicles to disable them for the quarantine. Am I missing something?

Michele SoIntense Anghileri

Answer: By disabling the snow vehicles, they are making sure that the creature can't use them to escape from the quarantine zone. Since the creature can assimilate anybody, it would probably know how to use one.

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