The Thing from Another World (1951) Poster


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The Thing (1982)
The Thing (2011)


Sergeant York (1941)
When asked about his accuracy with a weapon, one of the character says "I saw Gary Cooper in Sergeant York".

Referenced in 

M*A*S*H: Operation Noselift (1974) (TV Episode)
Henry mentions this movie.
The Horror Hall of Fame (1974) (TV Movie)
A prop claw from the film is featured.
Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom: Part One (1976) (TV Episode)
The first two episodes of this serial were heavily influenced by both the setting and storyline of The Thing from Another World (1951).
Nightmare in Blood (1977)
Two characters discuss the monster's death in this film while trying to figure out a way to kill B.B.
Giger's Alien (1979) (Short)
H.R. Giger mentions The Thing from Another World
Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog' (1980) (TV Movie)
Sneak Previews: Invasion of the Outer Space Movies (1980) (TV Episode)
Example of a sci-fi movie of the 50s
The Howling (1981)
The Thing (1982)
Utilizes same main title graphics
The Deadly Spawn (1983)
mentioned in a line of dialogue
Creature (1985)
Wendy Schaal describes the way the "carrot from another planet" (the Thing) was destroyed. She then tries to do the same thing to the Creature.
The Twilight Zone: Monsters!/A Small Talent for War/A Matter of Minutes (1986) (TV Episode)
Mr. Michaels tells Toby, and the alien ambassador tell those who wish for a demonstration, to keep watching the skies.
Chopping Mall (1986)
Lobster Man from Mars (1989)
The Simpsons: Lisa's Substitute (1991) (TV Episode)
Martin says, "Keep watching the skies!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: War of the Colossal Beast (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Keep watching the skies!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Keep watching the medicine cabinets!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: Keep watching the skies.
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Væsener fra fremmede planeter (1996) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann recaps the history of aliens from other worlds featured in sci-fi films, comic books and other fiction, the poster is shown
The Simpsons: The Springfield Files (1997) (TV Episode)
The line "Keep watching the skis!" spoofs "Keep watching the skies!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Mantis (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: Keep watching the skies, Eleanor.
Milo (1998)
Lobby cards seen on attic wall of doctor's house.
Pinky and the Brain: The Pinky and the Brain Reunion Special (1998) (TV Episode)
The director says, "James Arness was in 'The Thing.'"
Farscape: I, E.T. (1999) (TV Episode)
Crichton tells Lyneea to keep watching the skies upon his good bye to her.
Bob Came from Outer Space (2000) (Video)
Referenced in dialog/visuals
The American Nightmare (2000)
Poster is shown.
Alien Evolution (2001) (TV Movie)
Ice Age (2002)
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Made the list and was talked about.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
This film is mentioned during one of the radio conversations.
Guy X (2005)
The film is shown in the base
Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
Morton tells Horton "Keep watching the skies!"
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Mothra vs. Godzilla (2008) (TV Episode)
James made a joke that the title "Godzilla Vs. the Thing" appeared to be refering to The Thing from this movie.
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - Blood of the Cybermen (2010) (Video Game)
The Doctor asks Amy if she's referring to the Howard Hawks version of The Thing
The Mentalist: The Red Mile (2011) (TV Episode)
Jane tells Van Pelt to "watch the skies."
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.14 (2011) (TV Episode)
Roger says that the 1951 version was scarier than the 2011 version
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Halloween (2011) (TV Episode)
mentions the movie watched in Halloween as well as Carpenter's influence.
Edición Especial Coleccionista: La Cosa (2012) (TV Episode)
poster shown
The Blockbuster Buster: Top 10 Movies People Want Me to Talk About (2013) (TV Episode)
Erod admits that this movie was better then the 2011 Thing Prequel
Escape from Planet Earth (2013)
The Thing is among the graffitti names
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
The Menace with Five Arms (2013) (Video)
The newspaper man Scotty is a direct reference to The Thing From Another World
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIV (2013) (TV Episode)
The title monster appears in the opening sequence.
Discussing the Pod (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
It Follows (2014)
Direct reference when the creature comes through the door and they smash his hand.
Doctor Who: Last Christmas (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on list
Pixels (2015)
Iwatani unsuccessfully tries to reason with Pac Man the same way Carrington tried to with The Thing.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Is It Horror? (2015) (TV Episode)
James and Mike discuss it
31 (2016)
Shown on marquee
FantastiCozzi (2016)
Movie is mentioned; poster shown

Featured in 

Hollywood and the Stars: Monsters We've Known and Loved (1964) (TV Episode)
Scenes from the feature are shown and commented.
TJ and the All Night Theatre: The Thing (1978) (TV Episode)
Film featured on this episode.
Halloween (1978)
It's being watched on TV by the children while the teenagers are being attacked by Michael Myers
TJ and the All Night Theatre: The Thing (1979) (TV Episode)
Film featured on this episode.
Monsters, Madmen & Machines: 25 Years of Science Fiction (1984) (TV Movie)
Electrocution of Thing
Explorers (1985)
A clip from the film is shown.
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
The Twilight Zone: The Road Less Travelled (1986) (TV Episode)
Jeff and Denise watch the film on television.
Scream (1996)
100 Years of Horror (1996) (TV Series)
Monsterama Sci-Fi Late Night Creature Feature Show Vol. 1 (1996) (Video)
This film's theatrical trailer is featured.
100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996) (TV Episode)
100 Years of Horror: Blood-Drinking Beings (1996) (TV Episode)
Monster Mania (1997) (TV Movie)
Film clips included
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #87 on the list.
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
The Dead Will Walk (2004) (Video)
clip shown
Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) (TV Movie)
clip shown
Ride the Wild Side (2005) (Video)
clip shown
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (2005) (TV Movie)
Excerpt shown
Cheezy Fantasy Trailers (2006) (Video)
features clips from the trailer of the film
Halloween (2007)
Clips from this are repeatedly seen on television.
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)
It is mentioned and discussed. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Halloween II (2009)
Clip shown (verified in end credits).
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Salt/Ramona and Beezus/Summer Doc Round-Up (2010) (TV Episode)
George A. Romero's #4 favorite film
Estrenos Críticos: La Cosa (2011) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Atop the Fourth Wall: Starstream #1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Linkara talks about the Thing series
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Alien (1979) (2013) (TV Episode)
James compares the plot of being trapped away from civilization in this movie to Alien
The Real History of Science Fiction: Invasion (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Money Monster (2016)
Clip is shown as part of the Money Monster TV show
Requiem for a Shapeshifter (2016) (Video)
The Men of Outpost 31 (2016) (Video)

Spoofed in 

Dead End (1985)
pods growing in garden
Fright Show (1985)
"The Thing in the Basement" is a spoof.
Galactic Gigolo (1987)
Basic plot element of vegetables from another planet.
The Naked Monster (2005)
Kenneth Tobey and Robert Cornthwaite recreate their characters "Colonel (then Captain) Pat Hendry" and "Dr. Carrington." Narration is by George Fenneman, who also appeared in "The Thing."
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
When the General is showing the footage about Missing Link, we briefly see a block of ice, which had held him, with a hole melted in it and next to a broken window leading to a frozen landscape. This is almost identical to the scene in 'The Thing From Another World' referring to how The Thing escaped being frozen.

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