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A various assortment of all THING's sent into Outpost #31.


Joey Vegas has sent us this full colour update of his Thing Generations fan art.

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Fred Christensen send us these cool photos of his encounter with John Carpenter and Dick Warlock (stuntman on The Thing.) He tells us:

 "My son and I had the great fortune of meeting the man, the legend, the great JOHN CARPENTER!!!! We met him at FLASHBACK WEEKEND in Rosemont, Illinois August 10TH-12TH. We joined him for a special screening of the 30th anniversary of THE THING!!!! I even met up with him for a smoke break, just he and I. We shot the breeze about what ever came to mind. He's very interesting to talk with.

 We even met up again with Dick Warlock, stuntman for many Carpenter films. He remembered Bruce and I from HORRORHOUND WEEKEND from March of last year. He remembered Bruce by name. He and his absolutely lovely wife, Kat, were very gracious and treated Bruce and I like family, not just people he met over a year ago."


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Cyril Roquelaine, a French sculptor, sent us these fantastic photos of a Norris-Thing he is working on.  He tells us:

"I'm working on a figure from the thing design for some collector people, and I would like just to tell you about this project, may be you're interested to follow it, it will be at 1/2 scale, a big statue, full painted at the end."

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Woodman sent us these pics of his fantastic MacReady costume.  See here for a discussion of it.

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Steven Resendez sent is these cool Southpark-style renderings of The Thing cast.

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Three stages of the creation of Ross Grant's wonderful Dog Thing.

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Joey Vegas has sent us this sharp and stylish digitally inked drawing of Kate.

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Jacob has created these Lego versions of MacReady and the Norris transformation scene.  Note the armless Dr. Copper on the floor.

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Tobie Hill has produced this rendering of the spaceship discovery scene in Carpenter's movie.

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MonsterThing has finally completed this stunning poster, whose development we have been eagerly following on the discussion forums.  It is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Carpenter's movie.  He has this special message for us:

 "Hello Thing fans, first of all I'd like to thank whole Outpost #31 community for support. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did when I was creating it. I'm huge fan of the original classic and based on what I saw on the internet The Thing fan base is very creative. So once again thank you and watch that poster because it can and it will take you over."

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Karl Jones has sent us some more artwork inspired by The Thing and other things.


Cat has sent us a Lego version of the 'Lightface-Thing' . I'm sure you'll be able to think of captions involving ice blocks!

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Joey Vegas has sent us two Thing-inspired illustrations that he has recently put up on his DeviantART page. They are both pencil drawings, with the first being colored and inked in Photoshop. The second is still a work in progress and we hope to see the finished article when it's done.

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Finn Pette has sent us these photos of his MacReady sculpture in construction and the finished, painted result. It took him 8 hours to create this using Fimo.

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Take one walnut tree, one chainsaw and voilà: the Blair-Monster! Thanks to Jason Gamble for sending us these pictures of his novel sculpture.

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Douglas Murphy has made these atmospheric, prequel-themed wallpapers.

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Gregory Slevin has produced this stunningly-detailed pencil-drawn Norris-Thing, and also produced a colour version with Photoshop.


Jesse Ohrn has sent us a very nice black and white Split-Face.

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Tim Utton has sent us photos of this highly-accurate Split-Face pumpkin carving.

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We're very happy to see Adam Stephenson's Blair-Monster Halloween costume in its complete form. Great job, Adam!

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Chris Wall has sent us these photos of his great R. J. MacReady Halloween costume. There is a flamethower there - the perfect trick for householders insufficiently stocked up on Mac's favourite treat: J&B.

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Brian McEnroe has sent us these photos of his sculpture of the Dog-Thing undergoing the beginnings of its transformation.

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Jon Kroll created these two Thing-inspired Google Chrome themes, one for each movie.

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Tobie Hill has produced these 3D models of The Thing's spaceship and trailers for both The Thing (1982) and The Thing (2011) .

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Brian McEnroe has sent us photos of his Thing diorama  - very nicely done.  He tells us that he will be making more Things over the next few months, which we're very much looking forward to seeing.

Adam Stephenson from Niagara Falls is making a Thing-inspired Halloween costume.  He is actually making a time-lapsed video of its progress and we hope to see this and photos of the finished article.  Can you tell what it is yet?

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Holger Heissig sends us pictures of his impressive Thing collection.

Tobias Kessler sends us this scan of a French review of The Thing (2011).  Seulement deux étoiles!  

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Steven Lennon Resendez sends us these brooding Thing pencil drawings touched up with a little Photoshop: further proof that practical and computer-generated effects can work very well together.  

Mark Maddox has sent us a scan of the cover he recently produced for issue #31(!) of Horrorhound magazine. He explains:

"Like you guys, I left the theatre in the Summer of '82 dazed, realizing I had seen one of the best movies ever made. I went back and saw it several more times before it was gone. I was ecstatic when Nathan Hanneman exclaimed he wanted me to do a Thing cover for his magazine. It was like a dream come true."  

Mark's website is Maddox Planet and he informs us that he does commissions.  So, if anyone wants a personal Thing piece, he is available. 


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Karl Jones from Hereford, UK, sent us scans of some beautiful Thing and Predator inspired oil paintings and a sketch of MacReady he has done.  


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Dave Lewis produced this wonderful, highly-detailed sculpture of the Palmer-Thing.  This sculpture, which measures about seven inches high, was created in Super Sculpey Firm.  Dental tools were used to create the fine details.

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Holger Heissig sends a revised, six-legged version of his pet. 

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Tobias Kessler has sent us these scans of German newspaper advertisements for The Thing. 

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Adam Pantofel has sent us photos of a custom ice-cube casing for his VHS copy of The Thing.

GhodiGirl has sent us another glorious monster: Agony.

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Fausto Ferrante has sent us photos from the First Italian THING Fan Fest, which he intends to make an annual event.  This first one comprised a group of friends but he hopes to see this event grow over the coming years.  The Italian THING Fan Fest has this Facebook page.

Jean-François Berreville has sent us this complete storyboarding of The Thing.

GhodiGirl has produced this beautiful, hand-drawn Ghodi Thing: a horse-Thing in mid-transformation.

Holger Heissig sent us these photographs of a diorama he has build depicting the pursuit of the Dog-Thing by the Norwegian helicopter.  He also sent us a charming little space oddity depicting, well, see for yourselves.

Zombie partisan is currently helping a director with his new short film and was asked to come up with simple designs for fake punk bands.  Going with a Thing-based motif, he produced these striking, stylish patches.  You can see more of his work over at his blog.

Burt Durand from LaFayette, LA has sent us this cool hand-sketched and digitally coloured Thing pic. He has produced lots of other great illustrations which can be found on his blog.

Brian Ellis has shared with us these pictures of his wonderfully imaginative 2002 The Thing Halloween costume.  He has also sent us the equally striking cover, inspired by Drew Struzan's classic poster for The Thing, for a graphic novel that he has co-created. You can check it out here where the four issue mini-series can be read for free!

Paul Anderson from Toronto got his gear on to become a near perfect imitation of R.J. MacReady for Halloween 2008!

Crew at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station watching THE THING before a long winter-over.

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Outpost #31 license plate!


Outpost #31 Goes To Antarctica!!

     Bob Zook, a radio operator who is going back to McMurdo Station in Antarctica for the summer rotation is bringing a copy of the DVD, video game poster and patch donated by Outpost #31 down to "The Ice". Bob is going to get us exclusive photos with these items in Antarctica. Viewing the film is an annual tradition on the mid-winter solstice, June 21st.

Bob in Antarctica (copyright Bob Zook.) 

The Thing DVD, video game poster (rear), and patch going to McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Byrd Camp, the REAL Outpost #31??

     There has been speculation among peoples who have been stationed in Antarctica that in the most popular movie on "The Ice", the fictional Outpost #31 is actually modeled after Byrd Camp, a remote U.S. outpost. Strange and eerie events have gone on there. The following recounts are by Bob Zook, a radio operator who works at McMurdo over the summer and has been stationed at Byrd Camp. 

     News I have heard on The Ice is that Outpost #31 was contrived from Byrd surface camp located on the West Antarctic ice sheet at 120E 80S. Back in the 60's they wintered small crews there and they had many problems. One year in the eternal darkness of mid-winter Carl Dish wandered into the rec room drunk and called everybody a bunch of unfriendly assholes. He said you can all fuck yourselves I want to go visit my friends at the south pole. Carl then wandered away from camp with one of the dogs never to be seen again. 2 years ago we started a traverse from Byrd camp. We were looking at the sub-surface layers with radar. We all spent hours looking at the radar screen hoping to see that blip that was Carl. But no such luck...

     Byrd camp has a really bad radio hole. One year we went two weeks with out any contact. They finally flew a plane over and we talked on the VHF radios to the plane just so they would know we were ok. They classified it as a SAR Search and Rescue mission even though they didn't land. Byrd camp has by far the most strange stories. Later that same year in McMurdo I stumbled on to an old tape from the TV station recorded in the early 70's. They were doing a weather forecast with the weather person in front of a map of Antarctica. Each stations location had a temperature on the map except Byrd camp it had a question mark. As the weather man worked his way through the camps talking briefly about the temp and weather at each one when he came to Byrd camp he simply said well we haven't heard from them in a while so we don't really know what's going on over there. It's like the place is in a time warp and it leaves the planet for a week or two every now and then.

     It's a strange place. Last year I was on the put-in team. We were the first deep field camp to go in, it was still real early in the summer, maybe too early. The temps were about -40 but the C-130 still landed on the ski-way and as they were still moving when they released our cargo pallets they simply slid out the back of the plane and plopped into the snow. The plane stopped, we got out, and as they kept the engines at about 20% power we were required to set up a tent, start a stove and set up a radio and contact McMurdo. This took about 15min as we had practiced it. With all that good they just waved good-bye and and got the hell out of there. We watched them fly over and waggle their wings then there was nothing...no noise, no sign of the camp, only 2 piles of gear and 5 people bundled up real well standing in the middle of the polar plateau
900 miles from the next living person. We had to find the camp and dig out the buildings. I was scheduled to stay there for 2 weeks but the next plane didn't come for more than 6 weeks! It is a real pretty place in a Kansas sort of way, flat and white in every direction. We each lived in normal tents because the current camp is only big enough for dining and the science equipment. The old camp itself is completely buried under 30 feet of snow.

Bob Zook

R.J. MacReady at Halloween F/X Party
MacReady costume. Thanks to Dan for the pic!!

THE THING Video Game Store Display
EB Games display for the video game in Orange, CA. Nice work guys!! 

Saucer in the ice homage in ICE AGE

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 Playboy's Julia Ann & Inari Vachs autographed pics to Outpost #31

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Jessica Rabbit is accosted by the Norris Creature...


Outpost #31 - The THING THONG


THE THING Drinking Game

1. Every time someone says "MacReady" - Drink 1

2. Every time some one says "Mac" - Drink 2

3. Write your favorite quote down, when it is said - Drink 3

4. When anybody say's "THING"- Drink 1, If you fail
to drink because you weren't paying attention,
taking a leak, etc. - Drink 2

5. Whenever some one dies - Drink 1

6. Whenever some one dies, WHO IS NOT A THING (No debating
FUCHS, he left a human corpse) - Drink 2

7. Whenever PALMER questions WINDOWS humanity - Drink 1

8. Whenever PALMER tokes up - Drink 2

9. Whenever any one THING's out - Drink 1

10. Anytime Mac has a bottle of J&B in his hands - Drink 1

11. Anytime a character mentions "BLOOD," - Drink 1

12. Anytime a character's identity is questioned or a fight breaks out...Drink!



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