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The Thing by BryanBaugh The Thing by BryanBaugh
My tribute to one of the greatest horror films ever made, John Carpenter's 1982 version of "The Thing".

This is easily Carpenter's best film. All the elements - the writing, direction, acting, special effects, and music work together perfectly. It's got the fear of isolation AND paranoia, and some of the most brilliantly insane horror sequences ever put on film - thanks to Rob Bottin who, like Carpenter, was also doing the best work of his whloe career here. A perfect movie by any standard.
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amadeus450 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
I agree one of the best horror film ever
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AskTheGreySkull Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist
I remember this movie.
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tsumefan2 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i wonder what the movie would be about if it was called

the thang (slang for thing)
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   General Artist
probably the same thang, but in the geto. 
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tsumefan2 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i bet it would be full of ghetto
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   General Artist
I wish that was a movie know.
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E3TV Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I that movie and I lone this picture!!
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Marxand02 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
This is my absolute favorite horror film ever made. :iconrainbowVomitplz: 
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Mr-Illusionist-1331 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice:badassplz: rewamp 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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attackman123136 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this film!
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Ragnar0z Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
"I take every failure hard. The one I took the hardest was The Thing. My career would have been different if that had been a big hit. ..The movie was hated. Even by science-fiction fans. They thought that I had betrayed some kind of trust, and the piling on was insane. Even the original movie's director, Christian Nyby, was dissing me." 

-John Carpenter on the reception of The Thing

ET hit theaters around the same time, and perhaps people were more interested in family friendly alien visitation at the time. Either way, The Thing is damn fine film.
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CyrusGrissom Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Very awesome drawing to one of the best sci-fi/horror movies of all time.

I don't consider John Carpenter's The Thing to be a "remake" of The Thing From Another World because they are completely different films. They use the same source material, which comes from a short story entitled Who Goes There, but the movies take different directions with that material and are nothing alike because of it. I would consider Carpenter's version to be a remake if he had tried to reinvent the 1951 film and borrowed aspects from it, but he did not. 


A remake to me is The Blob or Hills have Eyes because they uses the same plots, takes aspects from it, and what not. Carpenter didn't do that. He made his own movie. He did not remake The Thing From Another World, which is why, and I repeat, they are entirely different films with different themes. 

In 1951, Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby made a film called "The Thing from Another World" and it was the first adaptation of the novella "Who Goes There" and it was a terrible terrible adaptation that hardly resembles anything like the book, there never was a film called "The Thing" in 1951. 

In 1982 John Carpenter unleashed a film called The Thing, sure there were 2 homages to the Howard Hawks film like the similar title card sequence and circle of men but everything about the 2 films like the location (one in the north pole and the other being the south), the characters, the discovery and origin of the spaceship, the discovery of the alien, the nature/methods of the alien including the monster itself (one is a humanoid plant frankenstein alien being that has only one form being that as it could reproduce itself/suck blood but it wasn't the shapeshifting bodysnatching being that imitated anyone or any creature like the actual "thing" in the novel where the other creature is a organism that could imitate other lifeforms by cell structure) etc. are worlds apart from each other. 

I consider them 2 separate and completely different adaptations of the same original source material "Who Goes There", the 1951 film was the first adaptation of it as it was quite a good movie but in truth it was a terrible terrible adaptation and Carpenter sticked closely. Carpenter has stated that it's not a remake but it is it's own independent film and a separate adaptation. 

Calling The Thing a "remake" is like saying every Dracula film is a "remake" of Nosferatu 1922 or Dracula 1931 or saying I Am Legend is a "remake" of Omega Man or saying Omega Man is a "remake" of Last Man on Earth, NO they are all separate adaptations of the same original source materials as even the I Am Legend movies have nothing to do with each other and very different from each other too. 

I consider remakes and re-adaptations to be 2 separate things, remakes are only for those based on original films and original screenplays not based on source material like say The Blob for example which is a TRUE remake. Re-adaptations are based on source material (books/comics/novellas) like say The Thing, Dracula, I Am Legend, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Carrie etc. 

This film is the quintessential faithful adaptation of the novella
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love all 3 movie versions of The Thing.

The original 1951 version is a classic, with some great scares (even if the physical appearance of James Arness as the walking vegetable Frankenstein leaves something to be desired). Plus I'm a Howard Hawks fan and the human characters in the original have that great, rapid Hawksian dialogue banter. It's like His Girl Friday in the Antarctic with a monster from outer space trying to kill you... I LOVE that vibe.

John Carpenter's 1982 remake of The Thing is simply one of the greatest horror films ever made, and easily Carpenter's best film. All the elements - the writing, direction, acting, special effects, and music work together perfectly.
One of my all-time favorite movies.

I went into the 2011 Thing prequel with very low expectations, but ended up enjoying it a lot, too. It not only does a beautiful job of recreating the world of Carpenter's film but also answers questions and offers explanations to many of the Carpenter film's most tantalizing mysteries - the origin of the melty two- faced monster being the best of them.
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CyrusGrissom Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013

Carpenter's film was NOT a "remake" it's a different movie, it was a remake in name only, it wasn't the same as the first movie. Even Tobey Kenneth agrees that the film should had not been called "the Thing" but "Who Goes There" and that he said "Carpenter is smarter than that and he should had never used references to my film".

They are 2 separate completely different movies
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay well maybe you and Tobey Kenneth should go yell at Carpenter about this, instead of me!!

Sorry, but I am not an English teacher. Quibbling over different peoples' definitions of the word "remake" doesn't interest me very much. I just love The Thing!
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MaxHamee Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
While some of the stylistic tendencies of the 80's it was accused of at the time hold true in the 2010's, it is one of the few films where genuine terror and desperation can be felt in both the audience viewer and those characters for which the actors conveyed. The special effects were at best minor and nowhere near as overly-grandiose as those of that era, they fit the scene and atmosphere perfectly.  
Your work was impeccable, a grand tribute to such an overlooked cult classic. Perhaps my only criticism I can offer you, the artist, is that the dog in my opinion was less animalistic then you have allocated such time to convey. I felt that you could've offered a higher degree of terror from that part of the piece, but overall it is fantastically done.  
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I just draw and it turns out, however it turns out. Thank you very much for your equal-parts very flattering and somewhat bizarrely heady analysis. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on any of my other images.

I would only disagree with your opinion that Carpenter's The Thing was overlooked. I am old enough to remember when this film was actually a new release playing in theaters. It may have tanked at the box office (Speilberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was out at the same time and people were a little more taken with "nice" alien life forms at the moment), but from the start the talk about The Thing among monster movie fans and the discussion in the scifi and horror fan magazines was pretty positive. Genre fans seemed to recognize right away that this was a modern classic that had flown right over the heads of the general public.
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Ragnar0z Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Awesome! Absolutely awesome. 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much
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bryosgirl Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know about "best", since The Fog was pretty damn good too. Still, to this day JC's version scares the crap out of me. :XD: Kinda wish Blair Thing was incorporated, but love that you got both of the Norris Things, and amazing work on the Palmer Thing! Always thought that Palmer's suffered because of the pacing of the scene; it certainly didn't get as much attention as the other forms, but it was one of the scariest forms, imo. :D

Anyhoo, rambling aside, I love it! Amazing work!
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razgriz1011 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
till brings me to chills everytime i watch this movie 
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Synxthe1st Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be eaten and then replicated. Such a... Dreadful way to die.
The 1980's "The Thing" was much better than the newer prequel. Not because it came first, but because it actually made one who watched it feel as if this creature could actually exist. No fancy lights, no alien tech, and no telling who was the next to croak (I found it terribly obvious in the prequel).

As a comment on the artwork, I don't see anything I cannot compliment, except for the dog-head. I know this creature was horrid to set sight upon, but the dog, as far as I remember, did not have eyes (correct me if I am wrong). Also, wasn't it a green-ish colour?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I liked the prequel a lot, actually. It surprised me by how good it was, and how in-touch with Carpenter's film it was.

And to answer your question - yes, the mutated dog did have eyes, and it was a meaty, brownish-pink color.
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Synxthe1st Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Goes to show how long it's been since I watched that movie.
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MRWHITE81 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
amazing
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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hunterXIII Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student
Gore-tastic.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SonicFan1155 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tribute, man! I love this movie so much!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I love it too!
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SonicFan1155 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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AllpineJuganot Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Spooooooooooky
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Kev-La Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I’d rather not spend the rest of the winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
haha I love movie quotes!!!
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Kev-La Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Donald Moffat's delivery of that line is absolutely spot on, too :alientwo:
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zpci1 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I love this so much. The thing (1980`s) was my favorite and scared the crap out of me when I was young ^_^ Amazing art work So detailed and sleek.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your very kind words! Much appreciated!
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG this is EPIC!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
THANKS, friend!!!
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you are much welcome buddy, can't wait for more THINGS from you :)
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kaburninator Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
what thing are we talkin about?
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MasterEvilDom Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
This is awesome. All your art is amazing.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thanks for your compliments!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for those very kind words!
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
FUCK YOU TOO!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I assume you are quoting the movie, not talking directly to me!! Haha.
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Of course! Finally watched it for the first time in my life the other night. It was great, much better than modern horror. Very well made, and I'm a good film critic!
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NickMaster64 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
i have not seen the new one but did you see it? if so what do you think about it?
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