The Thing (1982) Poster



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Followed by 

The Thing (2011)

Version of 

The Thing (2011)

Remade as 

Pingu's the Thing (2012) (Short)
Claymation version of the film

Edited into 

The Twilight Zone: Cold Fusion (2003) (TV Episode)
opening helicopter scene
Deep Freeze (2003)


The Thing (2002) (Video Game)
The Thing video game picks up several weeks after the movie ends


The Thing from Another World (1951)
Utilizes same main title graphics
Alien (1979)
The Fog (1980)

Referenced in 

Starman (1984)
Miami Vice: Made for Each Other (1985) (TV Episode)
A poster of The Thing is clearly visible in a window at least twice.
The Wraith (1986)
Skank says of the Wraith, "whoever he is, he's weird and pissed off"
Wicked City (1987)
Transformation scenes
Lily C.A.T. (1987) (Video)
Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987) (Video)
'Happy' is seen reading an issue of Fangoria that features a cover story about this film.
Video Violence (1987) (Video)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Rambo III (1988)
Often uses Thing scream sound effect during explosions.
Akira (1988)
Tetsuo's out-of-control mutating heavily resembles The Thing's many transformations
The Blob (1988)
Leviathan (1989)
A person is attacked by the monster and it gestates inside him, just like Norris in The Thing.
Baoh the Caller (1989) (Video)
a parasitic organism can be destroyed only by fire.
Clarissa Explains It All: Haunted House (1991) (TV Episode)
references the title and basic plot
Hiruko the Goblin (1991)
Has a scene with a decapitated head moving around using its tongue to latch onto things and to pull itself around.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror II (1991) (TV Episode)
"Sonny 'The Thing' King" is listed in the closing credits.
Blood Massacre (1991)
Video box seen in video store.
Fear in the Dark (1991) (TV Movie)
John Carpenter is identified as the director of this
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go Go (1993) (TV Episode)
"No it's like the Thing"
The X-Files: Ice (1993) (TV Episode)
Episode plot features many similarities with the movie.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Adversary (1995) (TV Episode)
The crew of USS Defient use a blood test to find the changling, just as the crew of the science station did in The Thing
Bio Hunter (1995) (Video)
creature transformation scenes.
Shivers (1995) (Video Game)
Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV Movie)
Video case is shown.
Event Horizon (1997)
Phantoms (1998)
The dog in the church is a clear reference to kennel/ dog sequence in "The Thing" and in fact there are a number of references to John Carpenter's movie throughout.
Parasite Eve (1998) (Video Game)
Dog transformation scene is more than likely a reference to The Thing's dog transformation scene
Mørkeræd (1998) (Short)
The X Files (1998)
Similar shaped space ship buried in ice at Antartic
Free Enterprise (1998)
Movie poster on the wall of Mark's office.
The Faculty (1998)
The alien test scene is a direct recreation of the blood test scene.
Asylum of Terror (1998) (Video)
a girl at the haunted house wants to create a "Thing room" based on the movie (then she goes into an explanation about how the creature will burst out of a body)
Jakten på en mördare (1999) (TV Series)
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) (Video)
Copied line from the script
Futurama: Love's Labours Lost in Space (1999) (TV Episode)
There is an animal on the planet that the crew are trying to save that shifts into the shape and mimics anyone whom they are observing
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
M:I-2 duplicates the cell destruction computer imaging scene
Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV Movie)
A t-shirt is shown.
Spaced: Leaves (2001) (TV Episode)
Tim quotes the line "You've gotta be f****ing kidding!" in the exact same manner as it's said in this film. The camera angle and music mimick the moment in this film too.
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
'Pam Grier asks 'Who goes there?', title of the original novel. The character Dr. Arlene Whitlock is named after Visual Effects Supervisor Albert Whitlock of The Thing.
Meat Market 2 (2001) (Video)
The Making of 'Casualties of War' (2001) (Video)
mentioned once
Eye See You (2002)
Ice Age (2002)
Cabin Fever (2002)
Karen is unhappily banished to a tool shed by the group, because of her disease, such as Dr. Blair was unhappily banished to the tool shed by the group because he was suspected to be the Thing. Further more, the words cabin fever are mentionned in the very first dialogue of "The Thing" and both films open on an infected dog.
Dreamcatcher (2003)
Chimera (2003) (Short)
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 3 (2003) (Video)
Mad Man Pondo wears a The Thing T-shirt.
ER: Forgive and Forget (2004) (TV Episode)
Open reference by a character
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
The title is displayed on a magazine cover.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
There is a shot of a wolf as it tries to escape the pen it is being held in. In the shot, the wolf tries to bite off a bit of the fence. A direct reference (camera angle and all) to John Carpenter's The Thing.
Christine: Finish Line (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
Resident Evil 4 (2005) (Video Game)
The dogs with mutant tentacles is a direct reference to a similar scene in The Thing.
Film Geek (2005)
Title of this film appears on screen. Also, Scotty talks about this movie and a video case is shown in a video store.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Poster on wall
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Land of the Dead: A Day with the Living Dead (2005) (Video)
A man can be seen wearing a "The Thing" cap.
Undead Again: The Making of 'Land of the Dead' (2005) (Video)
Somebody wears a The Thing T shirt.
The Combat (2005) (Short)
Opening credits
The Remake (2006)
Referenced during a conversation about horror movie remakes.
Slither (2006)
One of the shops seen in the beginning of the movie is owned by "R.J. MacReady", which is the name of Kurt Russell's character in The Thing (1982).
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (Video)
Video case is shown.
NCIS: Witch Hunt (2006) (TV Episode)
Abby, McGee and Tony are having a discussion about whether zombies should be fast or slow. Several movies are mentioned during the conversation. Among them The Thing.
White Noise 2: The Light (2007)
movie poster in Abes office
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Thing/Hocus Pocus (2007) (TV Episode)
The episode "The Thing" is named after this movie.
Ben 10: Benwolf (2007) (TV Episode)
At some point, the werewolf's muzzle peels back, referencing the alien dog in 'The Thing'. The werewolf also ends up building its own equipment in an underground cave, much like the thing in 'The Thing'.
South Park: Lice Capades (2007) (TV Episode)
Kyle tells Cartman that he got his blood test from this movie. Also, the blood test scene is recreated.
Grindhouse (2007)
the transformation of the infected rapist in "Planet Terror" is a reference to this movie
Ben 10: The Return (2007) (TV Episode)
At some points in the episode, the alien werewolf's muzzle peels back, referencing the alien dog in 'The Thing'.
Planet Terror (2007)
The transformation of the infected Rapist #1 is a reference to this movie
Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
The Mist (2007)
A design in David's room is that of the poster of John Carpenter's The Thing.
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Kreeg's response when he sees Sam's disembodied hand crawl across the floor.
The Many Masks of Michael Myers (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Jellyscream! (2008)
Referenced in the score.
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)
Mentioned, poster shown.
Fallout 3 (2008) (Video Game)
the mayor of little lamplight (RJ Macready) is named after Kurt Russell's character.
Futurama: Bender's Game (2008) (Video)
The Monster's (Zoidberg's) head detaches itself and sprouts tentecles when its body dies.
Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009)
video case seen behind Emily in an interview
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
The scene where The Missing Link, from Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) , is found frozen in a block of ice but thaws and escapes is similar to the discovery an escape of the being in this Movie and in this Movie.
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
poster seen on a bedroom wall
Skeleton Crew (2009) (Video)
One of the characters has a T-shirt with this movie's logo in it.
The Big Bang Theory: The Monopolar Expedition (2009) (TV Episode)
Howard suggests watching this while at the North Pole.
[Rec] 2 (2009)
Blood testing scene
Eureka: Have an Ice Day (2009) (TV Episode)
After getting the cold shoulder, Deputy Lupo complains that Zane is behaving like the Thing after his return with the Arctic core sample.
Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009)
The possessed dogs forming into a monstorous tentacled beast is a reference to The Thing.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Fly (2009) (TV Episode)
James regards the remake to The Fly as one of the best Sci-Fi remakes next to The Thing remake.
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - Blood of the Cybermen (2010) (Video Game)
The Doctor asks Amy if she's referring to the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell version of The Thing
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) (Video)
It is mentioned by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act. Also, video case is shown.
Community: Basic Rocket Science (2010) (TV Episode)
Pierce saying "I'm feeling much better now", mimicking Wilfred Brimley's character
The Psycho Legacy (2010) (Video)
Mentioned in documentary
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: ...Obu Za Deddo/Ippiki no Ikareru Gosuto (2010) (TV Episode)
One of Wife Petter's transformations resembles the alien creature Palmer becomes in this film.
Scream 4 (2011)
Poster on the classroom wall.
Destination Truth: Ghosts of Antarctica (2011) (TV Episode)
Josh Gates: "I feel like Kurt Russell in The Thing."
Hollywood's Top Ten: Monster Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention
Masterclass of Horror (2011) (Video)
One of the films spoken about by Garris
Apollo 18 (2011)
It is referenced.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.14 (2011) (TV Episode)
Roger says that the 1982 version paid more attention
The Cinema Snob: Badi (2011) (TV Episode)
"It's playing the theme from The Thing."
Grabbers (2012)
as seen from space, a UFO disappears into the Earth's atmosphere
Anime Abandon: Wicked City (2012) (TV Episode)
"She arrives in the nick of time to help Rock Lee fight John Carpenter's The Thing."
Dead Weight (2012)
The female lead Samantha MacReady was named after R.J. MacReady in the thing. The filmmakers admit to "an unhealthy obsession with Kurt Russell", the actor who portrayed R.J. MacReady.
Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
Alex mentions director John Carpenter.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Ghosts of Mars (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned among John Carpenter's masterpieces
South Park: A Nightmare on Facetime (2012) (TV Episode)
Sharon mentions a friend of hers is watching this film.
Midnight Movie Review: The Thing (2012) (TV Episode)
the film op this episode's topic.
The Blockbuster Buster: Top 10 Movies People Want Me to Talk About (2013) (TV Episode)
Erod says to watch this movie instead of the 2011 prequel.
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian: Scott Ian Sets Sh*t on Fire with Ron Trost (2013) (TV Episode)
Scott shouts "that Thing wanted to be us!" before he fires the flamethrower.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Eva Longoria/Terry Crews/Cavalia's Odysseo (2013) (TV Episode)
Terry Crews says the film was the first R-rated movie his mother let him watch
Tell 'Em Steve-Dave Puppet Theatre (2013)
A faux title sequence appears at one point during the film that directly parodies the title sequence from The Thing.
Found Footage (2013) (Short)
A fan of John Carpenter
The World's End (2013)
Survivors must prove to each other that they are still human
Dean of Darkness with Dean Cundey (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
Zombie dog turns insideout with mutant tentacles coming out of his body
Futurama: Murder on the Planet Express (2013) (TV Episode)
The concept of a shape shifting alien that can mimic a person perfectly after killing them.
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Culling: Teen Titans #9 (2013) (TV Episode)
"Sure would've helped McCready and the rest of the gang from The Thing if the outpost had escape pods."
Almost Human (2013)
Title typography and intercutting with opening shots is almost exactly the same as in The Thing.
Starters: Ditto Disaster (2013) (TV Episode)
A monster assumes the apparence as one of the characters
The Cinema Snob: Xtro (2013) (TV Episode)
Snob says he likes this movie
The Cinema Snob: Halloween (2013) (TV Episode)
"Why aren't they watching John Carpenter's The Thing... even though it wasn't made yet?"
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian: Face Melting with Vincent Guastini (2013) (TV Episode)
Vincent Guastini references Rob Bottin and The Thing as the high watermark for practical effects.
JonTron: Goosebumps: Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Poster is seen.
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian: The Legacy of Stan Winston (2013) (TV Episode)
Effects in the 1980s are described as the era of An American Werewolf in London and The Thing.
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
Discussing the Pod (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
Haunted House on Sorority Row (2014)
The opening title card appears on screen in the same way as the title from "The Thing"
Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014)
One of the additions to Disc 3 of Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, Part 2 Box Set as one of the 82 Section 3 "Nasties". Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014) features on Disc 1 of this Box Set.
Hypnagogia (2014) (Video)
Leviathan: Monster Melting Pot (2014) (Short)
mentioned once
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Thing from Another World: Eternal Vows #3-4 (2014) (TV Episode)
Linkara reviews a Thing comic
The Smiling Man (2014) (Short)
poster shown
Face Off: Monkey Business (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Better Call Saul: Hero (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Kill Your Killer (2015)
Main title peel away effect is a direct homage.


Let's Make a Deal (1963) (TV Series)
Asteroids Deluxe (1981) (Video Game)
Game unit appears

Featured in 

Coming Soon (1982) (Video)
main title
Veerana (1988)
brief clip from this movie
100 Years of Horror (1996) (Video)
100 Years of Horror: Aliens (1996) (Video)
Masters of Horror (2002) (TV Movie)
clips from thes movie are featured throughout the show
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh (2008) (TV Movie)
Talked about, clips used.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Monsters vs Aliens/The Haunting in Connecticut/12 Rounds (2009) (TV Episode)
Brett's #2 Monster/Alien in Movies
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) (Video)
Footage of this movie is shown.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Best of Science Fiction Movies (2010) (TV Episode)
The Thing takes the #2 Monster & Aliens in movies
Estrenos Críticos: La Cosa (2011) (TV Episode)
clip shown
The Thing Evolves (2012) (Video)
clips of film
Special Collector's Edition: La Cosa (2012) (TV Episode)
clips shown
At the Movies: Ennio Morricone in Conversation (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips shown during the interview.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Starstream #1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Linkara talks about the Thing series
Brows Held High: 9 Songs (2012) (TV Episode)
"...and am now hoping that The Thing pops up and eats the guy."
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Thing from Another World #1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Linkara talks about the movie and reviews its comic book sequel
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Thing from Another World #2 (2012) (TV Episode)
Linkara talks about the movie and reads the comic follow-up
What If (2013)
Wallace and Felix watch this on TV.
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Thing from Another World: Climate of Fear #1-2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Linkara still holds this film in high regard and reviews the comic follow-up
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Thing from Another World: Climate of Fear #3-4 (2013) (TV Episode)
Linkara reviews a comic sequel
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian: Stan Winston: Advanced Studies (2013) (TV Episode)
The scene of Stan Winston's "dog monster" from The Thing is featured.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1 (2014) (TV Episode)
A character says "you've gotta be fucking kidding me."
Atop the Fourth Wall: ROMtrospective: ROM Spaceknight #1-40 (2015) (TV Episode)
"Naturally, they also try to use The Thing approach."

Spoofed in 

The Faculty (1998)
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998) (Video Game)
Lara Croft fights for her life against humans being consume by alien life forms in Antartica.
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: Huge Reversal?! Abenobashi Hollywood Shopping Arcade (2002) (TV Episode)
Satoshi's mother transforms into the Thing.
Knight of the Living Dead (2005) (Video)
The Thing by John Carpenter is spoofed through out the film.
The Tivo (2009) (Short)
Opening title sequence is exact.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Starstream #1 (2012) (TV Episode)
The opening title sequence mimicks this movie's
El enigma de otro fruto (2014)
The title and the plot is a spoof of Carpenter movie
Frozen Blood Test (2015) (Short)

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