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The Thing's missing blow-up doll and other deleted scenes

Ryan Lambie Nov 9, 2017

Character deaths, screwdrivers and blow-up dolls: John Carpenter’s The Thing had some fasinating scenes cut before release...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Thing.

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Critically mauled on release and largely overlooked in cinemas, John Carpenter’s The Thing has only grown in stature since 1982. What were once condemned as deficiencies - its graphic gore and violence, icy tone and low-key characterisation - are now generally regarded as positives. Its simple story about a group of scientists and misfits who encounter a shape-shifting alien in their Antarctic outpost, The Thing has aged remarkably well for a 35-year-old film: Rob Bottin’s practical effects are still extraordinarily imaginative, and fans still debate the finer points of its action today. Who sabotaged the fridge full of blood samples?
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Blu-ray Review – The Thing (1982)

The Thing, 1982.

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Richard Masur, Charles Hallahan, and Joel Polis.

Synopsis:

A group of researchers in Antarctica fall foul of an alien organism that can mimic anything it comes into contact with, resulting in paranoia as the trust between the team crumbles.

Given that the special editions of this title sold out within a couple of hours, prompting Arrow Video to run out a few extra to satisfy demand, you can be sure that John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi/horror The Thing still remains a popular title amongst connoisseurs and collectors alike. So with that in mind, does this movie really need to be sold to you? Does it need a plot analysis? Of course it doesn’t, because you already know what you’re in for when you put that shiny Blu-ray disc into your player
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October Horrors 2017 Day 10 – The Thing (1982)

The Thing, 1982.

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, and David Clennon.

Synopsis:

The crew of an American research facility in the Arctic is forced to battle with a shape-shifting alien life form that is able perfectly to mimic the appearance and characteristics of any living thing it comes into contact with, including various members of the crew themselves.

For horror fans, John Carpenter is a legend. From the pioneering slasher horror of Halloween to the cult hits of Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, Carpenter has crafted an eclectic career of numerous cinematic cult classics (and let’s face it, more than few duds).

I heaped praise on his iconic Halloween in last year’s October Horrors, and this year I thought I’d continue the trend, so this time around we’re going to be spotlighting a whole
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PaleyFest Fall TV Preview Includes Fox’s ‘The Orville,’ ABC’s ‘The Mayor’

PaleyFest Fall TV Preview Includes Fox’s ‘The Orville,’ ABC’s ‘The Mayor’
PaleyFest announced their Fall TV preview on Tuesday, which will include upcoming shows like ABC’s new comedy “The Mayor” and Seth MacFarlane’s new Fox sci-fi series “The Orville.”

Running from Sept. 6-16 at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location, the previews begin with the cast and creative team of Showtime’s “Shameless,” followed by screenings and discussions with the cast and creators of Univision’s “El Chapo;” Hulu’s “Future Man” and “The Mindy Project;” ABC’s “The Mayor;” The CW’s “Valor” and “Dynasty;” NBC’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders;” CBS’ “Me, Myself & I;” Fox’s “The Orville” and “Ghosted;” Netflix’s “Big Mouth” and “Fuller House;” Bet’s “Tales;” and will conclude with Epix’s “Berlin Station.”

“PaleyFest Fall TV Previews is the place where TV enthusiasts not only get a first look at the most exciting new shows of the television season, but
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Runaway Train

Cannon Films knocks one out of the park: Jon Voight and Eric Roberts escape from prison only to end up on a huge, speeding, out of control juggernaut of a freight train plowing through the Alaskan wilderness. It's both an action bruise-fest and an existential statement, and it's still a wild thrill ride. Runaway Train Blu-ray Twilight Time 1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date October 11, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95 Starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan T.K. Carter, Kenneth McMillan, Edward Bunker, Hank Worden, Danny Trejo, Tommy Lister, Don MacLaughlin, Loren James, Dick Durock, Dennis Franz. Cinematography Alan Hume Original Music Trevor Jones Written by Djordje Milecevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. Produced by Yoram Globus, Menachem Golan Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I stumbled into The Cannon Group on
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John Carpenter’s The Thing

Look out: John Carpenter's chilly tale of shape-shifting chaos at the South Pole creeps back with a new transfer and two fully stocked discs of extras old and new, including the bowdlerized Network cut, just for laughs. The picture still works like gangbusters -- the best monsters are still the gooey, rubbery pre-cgi kind. John Carpenter's The Thing Collector's Edition Blu-ray Scream Factory 1982 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 109 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 34.93 Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis. Cinematography Dean Cundey Production Design John J. Lloyd Special Makeup Effects Rob Bottin Film Editor Todd Ramsay Original Music Ennio Morricone Written by Bill Lancaster from the short story "Who Goes There?"by John W. Campbell Jr. Produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman Directed by John Carpenter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's been eight years since
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Blu-ray Review – The Thing Collector’s Edition

The Thing Collector’s Edition

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas Waites.

Synopsis:

The Thing arrives on Blu-ray again in a comprehensive two-disc set from Shout! Factory. All the previously released bonus features are included, along with about two-and-a-half hours of new interviews and two new commentary tracks. This Collector’s Edition also offers a new 2K scan of the film print. Highly recommended.

Did you notice that The Thing movie poster on the basement wall in Stranger Things? (Of course you did.) Interesting that the creators of that series chose that bit of 80s ephemera, rather than a poster for E.T. or Poltergeist, two films that crushed Carpenter’s now-classic movie at the box office in 1982.

Sure, that Thing poster was a gun on the mantelpiece alluding
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Blu-ray Review – Southern Comfort (Shout! Factory)

As big of a fan of Walter Hill as I am, it is shocking to me that I made it to the age of 36 without seeing Southern Comfort along the way. In fact, I’m not even certain I knew of its existence until I saw that Shout! Factory was releasing it to Blu-ray. This is the service that Shout! Factory provides. With their Scream Factory banner, they are providing the new generation of horror fans with an expert education in the genre, by establishing a brand that they trust, and then introducing them to titles that they probably wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. Apparently, even a genre veteran such as myself can be taught a thing or two by the label as well, and have pointed out for me that such a great “lost-in-the-woods” film exists. With a genre legend like Hill behind the camera, and acting legends such as Peter Coyote,
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Three New Clips Offer a Heaping Helping of Southern Comfort

On tap right now to help you get through your Tuesday are three clips from Walter Hill's backwoods masterpiece Southern Comfort, which is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD from the lovable sickos from at the Shout! Factory. Check them out!

Southern Comfort Release Details

Shout! Factory brings you the 1981 thriller Southern Comfort on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring a new high definition transfer, with bonus features including a theatrical trailer, stills gallery, and ‘The Making of Southern Comfort.’

From Walter Hill, the director of The Warriors and 48 Hrs., comes this gut-wrenching tale of backwoods terror that "draws you into the eerily beautiful Louisiana bayou...then has you running for your life" (Pauline Kael, New Yorker)! Keith Carradine (The Duellists) and Powers Boothe (Sin City, The Avengers) lead a "first-rate ensemble" (Newsweek) in this "exciting, arresting, and tautly told suspenser" (Variety).

Nine National Guardsmen enter the Louisiana swamp for routine training,
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Southern Comfort Gets Cozy on Blu-ray

Here's the thing... if you make the wrong decision at the wrong place at the wrong time, you can bring down the possibility of ending up on the cold side of the slab. Never has that fact been better illustrated than in Walter Hill's backwoods masterpiece Southern Comfort.

From the Press Release

Shout! Factory brings you the 1981 thriller Southern Comfort on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring a new high definition transfer, with bonus features including a theatrical trailer, still gallery, and ‘The Making of Southern Comfort’ featuring new interviews with director/writer Walter Hill, producer/writer David Giler and actors Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Peter Coyote and Lewis Smith.

From Walter Hill, the director of The Warriors and 48 Hrs., comes this gut-wrenching tale of backwoods terror that "draws you into the eerily beautiful Louisiana bayou...then has you running for your life" (Pauline Kael, New Yorker)! Keith Carradine
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Acting Coach Ivan Markota Dies at 86

Ivan Markota, longtime acting coach who taught several of today’s high-profile stars, died August 6 of natural causes at L.A.’s Cedar Sinai Hospital. He was 86.

Markota’s pupils including Emmy-winners Bryan Cranston, Mariska Hargitay and John Larroquette, along with performers including Sherri Shepard, Mary Hart, T.K. Carter and Rick Dees.

He was CEO of the Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture & Television Acting and the former president of the Acting Coaches & Teachers Association. After opening the Van Mar Academy in 1967, he earned a reputation as an effective no-nonsense teacher.

He was also an actor himself, appearing in 1967’s “In Like Flint,” 1992’s “Waxwork II: Lost in Time” and the 1960s ABC series “Land of Giants.” Throughout his acting career, he studied at 22 different schools and workshops.

Markota also served as a paratrooper in WWII.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 16 at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village,
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Acting Coach Ivan Markota Dies at 86

Ivan Markota, longtime acting coach who taught several of today’s high-profile stars, died August 6 of natural causes at L.A.’s Cedar Sinai Hospital. He was 86.

Markota’s pupils including Emmy-winners Bryan Cranston, Mariska Hargitay and John Larroquette, along with performers including Sherri Shepard, Mary Hart, T.K. Carter and Rick Dees.

He was CEO of the Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture & Television Acting and the former president of the Acting Coaches & Teachers Association. After opening the Van Mar Academy in 1967, he earned a reputation as an effective no-nonsense teacher.

He was also an actor himself, appearing in 1967’s “In Like Flint,” 1992’s “Waxwork II: Lost in Time” and the 1960s ABC series “Land of Giants.” Throughout his acting career, he studied at 22 different schools and workshops.

Markota also served as a paratrooper in WWII.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 16 at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village,
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R.I.P. Acting Coach Ivan Markota

Veteran acting coach Ivan Markota, whose clients included Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston and Law & Order‘s Mariska Hargitay, died August 6 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 86. Markota was CEO of Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture & Television Acting, which he opened in 1967. A former actor himself, Markota studied at 22 schools and workshops before deciding to open Van Mar. His credits include the 1960s TV series Land Of The Giants and feature films Waxwork II: Lost In Time (1992) and In Like Flint (1967). Markota’s other students included Sherri Shepherd, T.K. Carter, Rick Dees, Miguel Nunez, John Larroquette, Traci Lords, Denice Duff, Glenn Withrow, Walter Olkewicz, Casper Van Dien, Stephen Nichols, and Mary Hart.
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Blu-ray Review: Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort

Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales, T.K. Carter, Lewis Smith, Peter Coyote, Alan Autry, Brion James, Sonny Landham | Written by Michael Kane, Walter Hill, David Giler | Directed by Walter Hill

There is something about Walter Hill’s style of storytelling that just gets me. I’m a big fan of The Warriors, even though it took me long enough to finally see the film. Once I finally got to see it though it turned into one of my favourite films. Southern Comfort is a film very much like The Warriors, written and directed by Hill it very much mirrors the style with a group of men out of their element and fighting for survival, though the city and the bayou are two very different “jungles”.

When out on a training exercise in the Louisiana swamp a squad of National Guard soldiers arrogantly decide to steal
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The Whitest Blaxploitation You Know: Doctor Detroit (1983)

I’m fairly certain that when you think actors in blaxploitation cinema, Dan Akroyd doesn’t top the list of performers to excel in the genre. For one, he’s not black. Furthermore, he doesn’t fit the role of the heroic African American man or woman who is trying to seek vengeance, fight crime or afford justice to a group of downtrodden individuals. And even further, Akroyd is a nerd. Yes, I said it. The man is one great big nerd pants. Hardly befitting of the kind of hero portrayed in blax films of the 1970’s, but one film crossed over the border between blaxploitation and fish out of water comedy in the early 80’s. That film is about a man with an M.D. from the north shore of Michigan. Say Hello to Doctor Detroit.

Doctor Detroit released in 1983 is the story of Clifford Skridlow (Dan Akroyd), a
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Cult Movie of the Week: Ski Patrol

In honor of snow falling in NY for the first time this year, the cult movie of the week is Ski Patrol, from 1990.

Roger Rose (better known now for voice over work) plays Jerry, the senior member of The Snowy Peaks ski patrol. He lives to ski and is in love with fellow instructor Ellen (Yvette Nipar – who is hot but has only really done guest stars on tv). They are joined by T.K. Carter as Iceman – fans of The Thing will recognize him as Nauls. Also on the team are a demolitions expert (George Lopez!), a misfit who can’t make the patrol team and a foreign exchange patroller… It all adds up to mayhem on the slopes. The plot is pretty standard fare amped up with typical late 80′s/early 90′s comedy flare – the troop is trying to save the lodge from greedy land developer Sam Maris… played by Martin Mull.
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God of Clay and More Upcoming Horror Flicks at the Bigfoot Crest Theater

We recently received a metric ton of updates about upcoming events at the Bigfoot Crest Theater in Los Angeles so strap in because there's a lot for you guys to check out - including what could be The Greatest Monster Of All Time!

The Bigfoot Crest is going to be putting on some very cool screenings over the next two months, including showings of Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster, The Thing, a new H.P. Lovecraft film (The Whisper in Darkness) and what wins the award of most unique looking new monster The God of Clay (see images below and know that somewhere The Foywonder is giving high fives to random strangers).

Check out all the details below, and see even more at the Bigfoot Crest website.

From the Press Release:

The historic Bigfoot Crest Theater in Westwood – recently hailed by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the best screens in
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Van Heijningen Confirmed for New Thing

Rumors recently hit the web and now the trades have officially confirmed it - Matthijs Van Heijningen will direct Universal’s upcoming prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing. Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ron Moore is writing the screenplay. The new project borrows heavily from the John W. Campbell Jr. short story "Who Goes There," the basis of the Carpenter film and 1951 Howard Hawks original The Thing From Another World. It is set in a Norwegian camp and chronicles how the shape-shifting alien was first discovered and overcame the inhabitants of that camp. Strike Entertainment's Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing. David Foster will be executive producer. Van Heijningen is an accomplished commercial director, having worked for such brands as Toyota, Pepsi, Heineken, Bud Light and Visa. He is also in the process of developing Army of the Dead at Warner Bros. with producer Zack Snyder Carpenter’s
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The Thing Prequel May Have a Director

John Carpenter's The Thing is a near perfect film – excellent direction, great characters and groundbreaking special effects – so, I’m not sure if a prequel is entirely necessary. Nevertheless, Hollywood is moving forward with one and today comes word on who may be directing it. The folks over at Bloody Disgusting are reporting Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is in talks to helm the untitled project. Heijningen Jr., an accomplished commercial director, is also attached to helm Army of the Dead, a zombie flick being produced by Zack Snyder. Carpenter’s film centered on a group of scientists in Antarctic as they are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. It starred Kurt Russell, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Wilford Brimley and Keith David. The prequel will follow the group of Norwegians who battled the shape-shifting alien before it made its way to Kurt Russell’s camp.
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