Happy Birthday Palmer! David Clennon turns 70 today.
May 08, 2013
'Harbinger Down' Kickstarter project - an all practical effects movie by
Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated.
We have the enormous pleasure of being able to make an exclusive announcement, a privilege we share with our friends at
www.thulestation.com, about a major development which
will be of interest to all fans of The Thing and of the incredible work of illustrious effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (ADI), who were responsible for the practical creature effects in The Thing (2011.) We were lucky enough to do a
Q&A with founders Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis last year.
Many of us were dismayed by the replacement of Tom and Alec's wonderfully imaginative and skilfully constructed creature set pieces by digital counterparts in the final movie, especially after having viewed the many behind-the-scenes videos released by ADI. Seeing such phenomenal work go to waste filled our hearts with sadness. Even though the digital Things were praiseworthy in their own right, they were nevertheless felt by many fans to be out of place in The Thing universe, whose parameters were established in John Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece and in particular by the oozing, visceral qualities of Rob Bottin's astonishing practical creature effects. There is a larger concern here, that of the indiscriminate marginalisation of in-camera effects by CGI throughout the movie industry, irrespective of which technique is more appropriate for the portrayal of a given subject or setting.
Tom and Alec intend to do something about that, and without further ado, here is
Alec's video greeting to Outpost #31 describing their plans:
'"Harbinger Down: A Practical Creature FX Film", is a labor of love inspired by the overwhelmingly positive response from your site about ADI's work on THE THING 2011. The support that you and your members have given ADI has been truly tremendous and inspiring. So much so, Alec and Tom decided to do a film 'The Thing' inspired. Things they wanted to do on 'The Thing' will be put into effect. There will be no digital creatures in this film. Alec will write and direct. Tom will produce.
We'll be seeking 350K, but are hoping for more as it would help us in every aspect of the project. We want to prove that good movies don't have to cost 100 million dollars. We want to prove that there are non-traditional alternatives for filmmakers. We want to prove that practical creature effects still has a place in modern film-making.'
350K? By contemporary movie budgeting standards, this is a truly modest amount, and yet think of the possible payoff: a fantastic creature horror movie that shows us what we wanted to see in The Thing (2011) and provides a more fitting tribute to Bottin's seminal work. It may even spark a full-blown renaissance in practical creature effects, who knows? If anyone can do it, Tom and Alec can, so
please show your support by contributing to their campaign.
Some former members of Computer Artworks, who developed the 2002 The Thing
PC/console game, have reunited for an exciting new project:
Mark Tew has let us know about a short
comedy, based on The
Thing, he has recently directed.
Zombie Partisan has let us know about his
Blogspot page, which features some fantastic Thing-inspired artwork.
Finally, for this update, we have some excellent new artwork in our
section: a Splitface by Glen Eyer and a Bennings montage by mythology1.
April 30, 2013
This Thursday, there will be a very rare screening, at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, of The Thing with a discussion before the film with John Carpenter. See
details. Thanks to Eliot for the heads up.
April 24, 2013
Courtesy of those superb people at ADI, we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes
video giving a look at how the Jonas-Thing in The Thing (2011) was made. Head over to
www.thulestation.com to see a related,
again exclusive, interview.
March 06, 2013
We are very grateful to Joel Polis (Fuchs) for doing a fascinating interview
with us which we enjoyed immensely. Head over
here to download the full audio file.
March 05, 2013
We have an excellent new piece of fan fiction for you to read:
Diary by M. N.
March 03, 2013
Lots of updates this weekend:
We have finally completed the reorganisation of the fan artwork and related
parts of the site. Check out the updated Fan Images, Fan Tattoos and Cool
Stuff pages, along with the new Halloween and Fan Models pages. Lots of great
fan contributions have been on hold until this update. Now you can see
Dean Cundey has done a lengthy retrospective interview with Craft
2) focusing on his illustrious career as a cinematographer. In part 1,
he provides interesting anecdotes about his work on John Carpenter's The Thing.
Rob Ager has produced this (parts
1 and 2) intriguing
outline treatment of a sequel to John Carpenter's The Thing. We would love
to see this written up as a full screenplay.
March 01, 2013
We found this: a great
interview with Richard Masur, Joel Polis and Thomas Waites about the making of
John Carpenter's The Thing.
February 28, 2013
We are doing a interview with none other than Joel Polis. Maybe
we'll finally get to find out what happened to Fuchs! Join in and ask your
questions on our
February 13, 2013
Checkers Wizard has created a wonderful rendition of the opening theme music
from John Carpenter's The Thing. You can download it
February 05, 2013
FORUM MIGRATION: Our migration to Yuku has now taken place. The new URL for the Outpost #31 discussion forums is:
Existing members should follow the instructions given in the email they
will have received, this having been sent to the address they used to subscribe
to the forums. New members can join by clicking 'Sign Up' at the top of
the forums page.
The current skin is only temporary. Rest assured that it will be
replaced with something more suitable in due course.
February 02, 2013
FORUM MIGRATION: Our migration to Yuku is expected to take place early next week. All forum members are requested to check
thread for information concerning this migration, where they will find details
of what is required of them in order to ensure that they are properly registered
on the new platform.
January 31, 2013
The Outpost #31 discussion forums are to be migrated from the phpBB2 to the
Yuku platform, so please expect some downtime. More information is
here. We will provide further details as we obtain them.
"Hi folks. Thulestation.com has lined up a fan Q&A with Jørgen Langhelle who
plays Lars in the Prequel. Post your questions
the end of January or email them to
We'll be posting Q&As with Kim Bubbs (Juliet) and Paul Braunstein (Griggs) in
the next few weeks."
A new Java Thing game! Check out
thread on our forums.
January 16, 2013
Happy Birthday to the Master of Horror! John Carpenter turns 65 years old today.
Our friends at The Thing Prequel Facebook
this. More news as we get it.
Also, the Outpost #31 webmaster is moving house this week, so please be
understanding if this results in any delays regarding correspondence and
September 27, 2011
Happy birthday to Wilford Brimley, who turns 78 years old today.
September 18, 2012
tells us about a Thing-inspired musical project:
"I am the head of the band CROSS OF AMMO. 2
months ago, together with an on/off member, we decided to write an
instrumental track based on the 1982 Carpenter film, as the great fans we are
We wrote it with the intent of making it represent the movie,
rather than simply have someone write lyrics "about" the movie, or some other
shit relation. We feel that we've accomplished that task.
Here is a
link to the video, which is accommodated by pieces of the movie that each
part of the song is based on. I hope that you can present this to the members
and followers of Outpost 31. I hope that you enjoy this, as we did bust ass on
Ever wondered what a line of action figures for John Carpenter's The Thing would
look like? Wonder no more - the answer is
In related news, John Carpenter's Halloween is being
re-released in theatres, with the biggest run it has had since it was
September 16, 2012
At long last, and not a moment before time, we have a
See also the link to your right. We have some goodies there already and
there's plenty more coming soon.
John Hitchcock has written to us to let us know about this
short documentary he
made for a school project about the films of John Carpenter.
Interestingly, he tells us that he met Mr. Carpenter himself and gave him
Tobias Kessler tells us that Joel Polis, Richard Masur, Thomas Waites and Keith David will attend the German
Weekend of Horror in November.
August 27, 2012
We have an excellent new story, Who Went There: the
Assimilations, by Andrew Lopez, in our
Fan Fiction section.
A full colour version of Joey Vegas's Thing Generations fan art.
Fred Christensen tells us (with photos) of how he and his son met John Carpenter
and Dick Warlock at this month's Flashback Weekend in Rosemont, IL.
Kyle Cassidy has sent us a
link to a video he made of a recent photoshoot he did with John Carpenter.
August 26, 2012
Today is the 30th anniversary of the UK release of John
Carpenter's The Thing!
August 07, 2012
Our Q&A with John Carpenter is still in progress, and you can
read the answers he has sent to us so far
Some more great news about Q&A's. We've been talking to David Clennon ('Palmer')
and he would like to do one with us. We'll give an update on this when details
have been determined.
AICN have also done an
interview with John Carpenter celebrating the
30th anniversary of The Thing.
Cracked.com have published a hilarious
review of John Carpenter's The Thing.
July 28, 2012
Today would have been Charles Hallahan's 69th birthday.
Rest in Peace, Norris.
Steven Lennon Resendez has contacted us to let us know about a
cartoon series he makes called Odd Clyde, with the latest episode being a spoof
of The Thing.
July 21, 2012
Lots of news and updates!
Firstly, our Q&A with John Carpenter has been going very well.
He has sent us some answers which you can read on our forums. We hope he
sends us more and we will, in due course, be doing a full write up in the
Some good news for French and Italian speaking readers: you might
find these books to be of interest:
Thanks to Stuart Cohen for pointing out the first of these to us.
On the subject of books about The Thing, Jez Conolly has written
in to let us know about a book about The Thing he is currently working on.
He has kindly given us some details which can be found on our forums.
Former Outpost #31 webmaster VanMan has written in to let us know
about Municipal Waste's sensitive ballad The Thing.
The lyrics can be found here
if you want to sing along. Go on, you know you want to.
We found this: an interesting essay on John Carpenter's The Thing
and why, after 30 years, it still matters.
Daniel Rourke has written in to let us know about a fascinating
blog entry he has written about The Thing.
htmlsam1 has informed us about an intriguing game he is
currently developing which is partly inspired by The Thing. The game is
called Morphyxs and many related links can be
found on our forums here.
Finally for today, French sculptor Cyril Roquelaine
has sent us some amazing work-in-progress photos of his Norris-Thing. Head
off to the cool
section to see them.
June 25, 2012
Today is the 30th Anniversary of the release of John Carpenter's The Thing!
What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than by seeing how this
timeless classic continues to inspire a new generation of highly-talented and
We have a fantastic new The Thing/Sherlock Holmes short story
'You See, But You Do Not Observe' in our
Fan Fiction section.
Over three years in the making,
this wonderful tribute movie 'The
Things' has finally been released.
Here's to the next 30!
June 17, 2012
Apologies for the current inaccessibility of our discussion forums. Our hosts, Forumer, have been informed about this issue and we have been assured by them
that they are working to address it.
June 11, 2012
Today is the 30th anniversary of the cast & crew screening of
John Carpenter's The Thing. You can find out from co-producer Stuart
blog how it went and can discuss it on
this thread on our forums.
June 07, 2012
Alamo Drafthouse & Fandago present - The Summer of 1982:
The Thing. Opens June 22.
Sean Hogan has directed
this short but highly-effective tribute
to The Thing. See also the homages to other John Carpenter movies on this page.
June 04, 2012
Keith David turns 56 years old today. Happy Birthday Childs!
While submissions are currently being taken for our own Q&A with
John Carpenter, you might want to read this very nice interview recently
conducted with him by Daily Grindhouse.
Ross Murdoch from Scotland has written in to let us know about
homage to the music and movies of John Carpenter.
Darren Brand has contacted us to tell us about this link to a
trailer for 'The Thingy Macready Recordings' - full project coming soon!
Some great news for all Scandinavian fans: Rasmuss Wichmann has
told us that Danish fansite
Planet Pulp will have a Thing theme from 15th June-14 July.
June 01, 2012
We are pleased beyond words to be able to announce that John Carpenter has agreed to do a Q&A with us.
Naturally, we'll be focusing on The Thing but the scope will encompass his
career as a whole. The question thread is
here. If you are not a member of our forums but still wish to submit
questions, please send them to our
email address. The deadline for questions is the 30th June.
Apologies for the lack of updates recently. A broken PC (no J&B on the rocks involved, although it might as well have been)
set us back a bit. We're much better now and getting back to business.
Two great new updates to the Fan
Tattoos and Cool
sections. Sadly, we've also had to update the
in memoriam page. Finally, today is the last day to submit
questions for our Anne Billson Q&A.
April 08, 2012
Anne Billson, novelist, film critic, photographer and author of
the indispensible monograph
The Thing (BFI Modern Classics) has very kindly agreed to take questions submitted to our
discussion forums. The question thread is
April 01, 2012
Rob Bottin, creator of the majority of the creature effects for John Carpenter's The Thing, turns 53 years old today. Happy Birthday Rob!
The Master of Horror himself is very active on Twitter these days.
You can follow him
March 31, 2012
Our Q&A with Image Engine is now
up. Many thanks to
jayneandd for carrying this out.
March 30, 2012
Richard Dysart turns 83 years old today. Happy Birthday Dr. Copper!
Tobias Kessler has written to tell us about an interview on his
blog that he conducted with German director Christian Petzold who has just won
the director’s prize at the Berlin Film Festival with his film “Barbara”.
At the end, he speaks about John Carpenter and The Thing.
Happy 66th Birthday to Dean Cundey, director of cinematography in
John Carpenter's The Thing.
March 06, 2012
Having taken a little break after last week's Q&A, we're back
with some cool links for you:
one's for fans of the long-running UK quiz show Countdown - great work
Ltwoulf sent us videos (here
of a Thing-based Far Cry 2 map for the XBox 360. He writes:
"If people still have this game then I am sure they want to hear
about this. I used the timeline map that you guys posted up a while back and
used that as a reference guide to complete this work. Unfortunately I was unable
to get the basement level made and I wasn't able to make the sign that said U.S
Outpost # 31 but other than that its still a very good level. To get it, all
that a person has to do is just have the game and search for the author of the
It's Lt wolf but just be sure the L is lower case then the map
its self should say updated U.S outpost. Upon download this person has the
ability to do what ever he or she pleases to the level. if it gets published by
the new user the original creator still gets credit as the author and the new
author becomes the co author. So someone else can't steal another persons work
and call it their own."
Matt Barrios has told us about the Thing-inspired
music video he created for Brandon Schott's song "Early Morning Night."
February 28, 2012
Our Q&A with Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is now
up. Don't say we're not good to you!
February 27, 2012
We would like to express our enormous gratitude to Matthijs van
Heijningen Jr. for sending us his answers to our questions, which we'll be
putting up in full very soon. We have already put his poignant tribute to
Steve Crawford on Steve's Memorial page (link to your right.)
February 21, 2012
Paul Kane has contacted us to let us know about
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, a collection of "25 stories of
transformation, mutation and contagion" that he has compiled with fellow
award-winning horror and dark fantasy writer Marie O'Regan. Besides including
the seminal "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell, which needs no introduction
to frequent visitors to this site, this remarkable volume includes contributions
from genre luminaries such as Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, James Herbert, Stephen
King, H. P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley.
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror is due for UK and Kindle ebook release on the
1st March with the US paperback coming out on the 26th June. We're very
grateful to Paul for sending us an advance copy and we hope to be interviewing
Paul and Marie about this project soon.
Outpost #31 continues it own tradition of publishing exclusive, quality,
Thing-related stories with Garry's Memories by Sanders, which can be found in
our Fan Fiction
Felix Gilfedder has written in to let us know about
Popcorn Horror, a short horror film app he has created for Android and iOS.
February 12, 2012
So, as you can see to your left under Literature, we have a new Interviews
section. The Q&A with Stuart Cohen (who continues to answer questions on our
forums and so expect to see his page updated from time to time) is there, as are
the answers to the questions we submitted to Amalgamated Dynamics Inc..
As you'll also see on this page, we're currently taking questions for Marco
Beltrami, composer of the magnificently brooding The Thing (2011) soundtrack.
And you still have a few hours left to submit questions for the director himself
- deadline today midnight GMT.
We've also been corresponding with Thomas G. Waites ('Windows') and hope to be
special involving him in the near future.
We have a great new short story, 'Unfinished Business', by John Hitchcock, in
our Fan Fiction
Simon Jago has contacted us to tell us about his 60 second parody of The Thing
'Recently myself and my film making production team "Movie Maniacs Comedy" made
a 60 second parody of the 'The Thing' prequel for the International Jamesons
Empire Done in 60 Seconds competition. Well my entry was successful in reaching
the shortlisted top 20 UK entries and is now subject to the public vote in order
to make the top 5 that go through to the International Final.
I was wondering if I could ask a favour, and ask if you could advertise our
entry on your site, maybe make a post and get your fans to help us by voting?
You can see the video on YouTube at this address:
Finally, for today, Peter Divito has sent us pics of his superb Thing tattoo.
Check them out in the Fan
February 01, 2012
The Thing (2011) has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. Jack
from Minneapolis has pointed out to us that Outpost #31, yes this
Outpost #31, gets a mention in the commentary! At approximately 34:15, director
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. acknowledges our
map of the Norwegian camp, which was based on what was seen in Carpenter's
movie, and that it was used to help recreate it as Thule Station in his own
movie. We're glad to have been of service.
On the subject of home media, Justin Bartlett has informed us of
this VHS case/T-Shirt combo he has created. He has a hundred of these for
sale, each at $20.
January 30, 2012
Tobie Hill has sent us a picture of his rendering of the
spaceship discovery scene from The Thing (1982) and Jacob has sent photos of
some Lego Things he has created. Both are in the cool
Blake (who wrote the short story
The Tape) has brought to our attention Cinemassacre's Top Ten
list of horror movie remakes. Is Carpenter's film there?
Watch it to find out.
January 21, 2012
Sean Anderson has written in to inform us a beautifully
typeset version of John W. Campbell's 'Who Goes There?', which can be downloaded
in PDF or XeLaTeX source form here.
Fen has contacted us to let us know about some Thing-based board and card games.
I don't know
if you're aware of them, at least I couldn't find mentions of them on your site
but there are two board games you might be interested in mentioning to fans of
The first is
Panic Station - which is a game clearly inspired by The Thing.
Players need to move both their Androids and Troopers through the base,
exploring and gathering equipment that will help them to complete their mission:
to find and destroy the Parasite Hive hidden somewhere in the inner depths of
this hell. When a player manages to get his Trooper into the Hive location and
play three gas can cards to fuel his Flamethrower, he wins the game for the
However, one of the players is a Host.
He must keep this identity secret, infecting as many team members as possible to
gain allies and prevent the humans from completing their mission. Only players
who carefully watch the behavior of team members and find a good balance between
cooperation and paranoia will stand a chance against the infected players and
should be even more interesting, it's a direct translation of the game into card
form for 2 - 4 people (with an expansion that allows for up to 6 players):
"Based on the 1982 horror movie
Carpenter's The Thing", and simulates the paranoid members of an
American Antarctic research facility (Outpost 31) being overrun by - or
conquering - a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its
victims. One player begins as the Thing - all the other players start as human."
Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., who created the practical creature
effects for The Thing (2011), have also agreed to answer questions on our
discussion forums. Thanks again to jayneandd for taking the initiative to
A slightly edited version of Blake's 'The Tape' can be found at the previous
January 17, 2012
Fans of the 2002 The Thing computer game know that Blake found
MacReady's tape. A transcript of MacReady's recording can be found in our
Image Engine, who created the CGI effects for The Thing (2011), have agreed to
answer questions on our
discussion forums. Thanks to jayneandd for setting this up.
January 16, 2012
Happy Birthday to the Master of Horror! John Carpenter turns 64 years old today.
January 15, 2012
Here is a round up of a few recent news items:
Both parts of a superb, moody, audio-visual rendition of Peter Watts's short
story The Things can
be found here
and here. Kate
Baker's reading of the story can be downloaded in mp3 format here.
Some release dates for The Thing (2011) Blu-Ray/DVD: US, 31st January 2012. UK,
26th March 2012.
A very interesting featurette on Amalgamated Dynamics's practical effects work
for The Thing (2011) can be found
January 08, 2012
Thomas G. Waites turns 57 years old today. Happy Birthday Windows!
We have two excellent additions to our cool
stuff section: a 30th anniversary poster by MonsterThing and a photo of
Richard Roylance's Norris-Thing tattoo.
Also, thanks to everyone who let us know about
this Pingu remake of The Thing.
January 01, 2012
Happy New Year everyone! We have a great piece of news for you: Matthijs van
Heijningen Jr., director of The Thing (2011), has agreed to answer questions
from us about his film. The deadline for question submissions is the 12th
If you are a member of our discussion forums, please submit all questions to
thread. If not, you are of course welcome to join but you can also send them to
email address. In either case, please read the questions that have
already been posted in order to avoid duplication.
We are also pleased to announce the winner of our Christmas competition:
Jean-François Berreville with his Santa-Thing:
December 13, 2011
You down there? Cpl Ferro's got somethin' for ya: a vivid, poignant study of
Nauls and it's in our
fan fiction section.
We have also updated the
books section, having moved there some German The Thing/'Who Goes There?'
cover scans and added some new Hungarian The Thing cover scans sent to us by
December 10, 2011
We are pleased to announce the first Outpost #31 Christmas Competition! See
here for details.
December 07, 2011
We have a excellent new piece of
fan fiction on the site: 'That Thing Killed Them' by Clark.
DISCUSSION FORUMS UPDATE: The latest development in the continuing saga of
the migration/upgrade of our discussion forums is that we have reverted back to
the old forums to allow for further development and testing of the new forum
platform. New registrations, having been briefly suspended while we sought
clarification from Forumer on the next steps to be taken in this process, have
been re-enabled. We have been assured by Forumer that new subscribers, and
those who subscribed while we were on the new platform and who wish to
re-subscribe before we migrate back to it, will not have to worry about user
conflicts when the permanent migration takes place.
November 23, 2011
Peter Maloney turns 67 years old today. Happy birthday Bennings!
Tobias Kessler informs us that on the 17th December, German Thing-fans will have
the opportunity to see 'Ein unverschämtes Zelluloid-Doppelprogramm mit
kaltblütigen Überraschungen' (A cheeky celluloid double feature with
Richard Masur turns 63 years old today. Happy birthday Clark!
Finn Pette writes to inform us about his Thing-inspired
T-shirt design and the availability of MacReady-style
Loki Chan has sent us some interesting Thing-related news from Mexico. Loki
"I have a bit of info you might find interesting: Previously, the last drive-in
movie theatre in all of Mexico closed almost 25 years ago (Robocop was the last
movie that was exhibited, if I remember correctly). But now people have found
the idea intriguing and someone has decided to resurrect them by building a
full-fledged retro 50's style drive-in movie theatre right in the middle of
For their first month of operations they are showing five cult movies and The
Thing is among them, scheduled to be exhibited on the 25th of this month.
See? South of the border The Thing still lives!"
Some more cool stuff: Karl
Jones has sent us some Thing/Predator/Marvel Comics-related artwork and Cat has
sent us a photo of a Lego version of the 'Lightface-Thing'.
DISCUSSION FORUMS UPDATE: A big welcome on board to ChariotsOfTheGods who is
now a moderator. The new-look Outpost #31 discussion forums are working well
although we have been having a few teething problems. Status information can be
this thread on our own forums and on
this thread on Forumer's forums.
November 15, 2011
More cool stuff: a neat
MacReady sculpture and nice illustrations of the main protagonists of both Thing
DISCUSSION FORUMS UPDATE: If you go down to the boards today, you're sure of a
November 14, 2011
Eliot Brodsky, organizer or Monsterpalooza, has contacted us
to let us know that next year's event will focus on John Carpenter's The Thing.
"My name is Eliot Brodsky.
II produce an event in Burbank called Monsterpalooza. This year the show will be
taking place April 13-14.
Last April I focused on The Howling. I had Joe Dante, Dee Wallace, Belinda
Balaski, Robert Picardo and effects artist Margaret Prentice. Rob Bottin was
invited by all of the above but was a no show.
This year I will be focusing on John Carpenters The Thing. As of this date
Thomas Waites will be joining us as well as Joel Polis and Peter Maloney. Next
week I hope to reach out to TK Carter, Keith David and David Clennon. I will
also have a few of the FX artists involved. The plan is to have signings all
weekend as well as a panel concerning the film....very FX driven.
ScarecrowBlog has written a
review of The Thing (2011) that highly recommends this site. We repay the
complement: you're doing a great job on a number of subjects very dear to our
Matt Giaquinto sends us a
link to his astute yet unfavourable review of The Thing (2011) .
DISCUSSION FORUMS UPDATE: Contrary to what we believed, Forumer server 11 (on
which our discussion forums run) has not yet been migrated after all. See
this thread on Forumer's own forums for a discussion of the current
situation that affects many forums besides ours. We apologise for our
misinterpretation of the phrase "The
current servers being migrated are: 11 and 46."
October 19, 2011
Stuart Cohen, co-producer of John Carpenter's The Thing, has
answered our questions. Head over
Emeritus Outpost #31 webmaster Vanman has informed us that Discovery Channel
Canada have done a segment on the animatronic effects used in The Thing (2011)
October 16, 2011
Another addition to the
cool stuff section: Holger Heissig's fantastic Thing collection.
October 15, 2011
As promised, lots of updates with many new fan contributions
have now been made and thanks to all contributors for their patience during this
busy time. There are still a few to go but we should have these up soon as
Check out the cool stuff
section for lots of great new fan artwork and the
fan fiction section for a remarkable piece that took its author more than a
year to complete. At 15MB, it's a big download, but well-worth it.
October 14, 2011
Lots of links:
A new, limited release
re-recording by Alan Howarth of Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to John
Carpenter's The Thing.
guide, in the Canadian National Post, to spotting The Thing. Thanks to the
author Andrew Barr for letting us know.
The Thing, The Musical.
Thanks to Robert Long for the heads up.
Skewed & Reviewed's assessment
of The Thing (2011). Thanks to Von Kallenbach (Editor/Owner) for sharing.
October 12, 2011
Residents of Chicago will have an opportunity to see John
Carpenter's The Thing on the 25th October at the
Portage Theater. Thanks to Thomas Sigmon for letting us know.
What with one Thing and another, there's been a lot going on at the Outpost over
the past couple of weeks. As a result, we have bit of a backlog of fan
submissions, but we are starting to get through them. Not only will you have a
new Thing movie this week, but plenty of groovy Things from your fellow fans
coming soon too. Check the
cool stuff section for photos of a great Palmer-Thing sculpture by Dave
October 10, 2011
discussion forums are back online.
We have an update from clothesinfurnace on the screening of The Thing (1982) he
"We will not be using a Blu Ray disc of John Carpenter's The Thing. Universal is
providing us with a digital version of the 1982 film!! So, the quality will be
absolutely stunning — just like it was 1982 all over again!
There's still a ton of room if anyone wants to come to the morning screening of
the 1982 JC version. Just email:
Actual start time will be determined this week.
As a reminder, the screening will take place on October 15th at the
AMC Mercado 20 Theater
in Santa Clara, CA. The address is: 3111 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara,
October 06, 2011
We are very pleased to bring you some great news about the
progress of an eagerly-awaited project many of us have seen mentioned in various
Thing-related contexts: a book, perhaps
the book, about John Carpenter's The Thing, currently being written by
UK writer and journalist Michael Doyle. Very little information about this
project has been made public, until now! We are very grateful to the author for
providing these details:
"Hi XidiouX and everybody at Outpost 31,
Here are a few brief words about a book I've been writing for more than three
and a half years about the making of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Though I’d like
to keep some details secret at this point, I can tell you that I’ve interviewed
well over 100 people who have either worked on the film or were connected with
it in some way. There is even a special section of the book where noted
directors, writers, FX artists and actors have contributed essays on The Thing
or simply shared their opinion of it.
I have unearthed some fascinating never-before-heard anecdotes and information
about the creation of this masterpiece that I promise will delight and surprise
you all. Although I am still a fair distance from finishing this exhaustive book
(and there are still some important people who contributed to The Thing that I
have not yet spoken with) rest assured I will continue to update you on my
progress in the near future.
The working title for the book is The Complete History of John Carpenter’s
The Thing, and my aim is to give you all nothing but that. Keep watching
This site was used to help make The Thing (2011). Director Matthijs Van
Heijningen Jr has mentioned, in an interview with
Spinoff Online, that he used our
map of the Norwegian camp as the basis for its portrayal in his movie.
Thanks to Michael Newell for bringing this to our attention.
There is a yet another opportunity for people to see Carpenter's movie on the
big screen, this time for residents of Toledo, Ohio. Matt Cannon informs us that
it will be showing at the
Rave Motion Pictures Franklin Park, at 9pm on the 13th October, the day
before the prequel is released. Thanks Matt!
If you can't wait until next Friday,
are holding a competition for tickets to an early preview screening.
While we're waiting for our forums to revive, there's plenty of quality
entertainment out there to keep us occupied:
DISCUSSION FORUMS DOWNTIME. The discussion forums are
currently being moved to a new server. This is resulting in a hopefully short
downtime. We expect that this move will address the performance issues that have
been affecting the forums recently.
October 03, 2011
Happy 60th birthday to Joel Polis. Be careful blowing out
those candles, Fuchs!
October 01, 2011
The last day for submissions for the Q&A with Stuart Cohen
will be the 14th October. Please have all questions submitted by midnight GMT.
There is to be a cast and crew reunion screening of The Thing (1982) and panel
discussion on the 13th October. See
here for details. This event is open to the public and tickets are
available here. This is
not one to miss if you can make it although, naturally, tickets are limited.
There is a further opportunity to see The Thing (1982) on the big screen at
Brewvies in Salt Lake City on the 10th October. This is a free showing.
Samples of Marco Beltrami's soundtrack to The Thing (2011) can be found
here and here.
A new, free Thing game, Station Survival, has been
released on the official The Thing (2011) site.
September 29, 2011
Brian Brooker has told us about opportunities to see The Thing
(1982) on the big screen in Dallas. There will be three showings on the 6th, 8th
and 9th October. See here
for details. It might be worth contacting this cinema to find out how they
obtained a 35mm print, which some of you have been looking for and which are
tough things to come by these days.
September 28, 2011
Stuart Cohen has very kindly agreed to answer questions about
The Thing sent to Outpost #31. Forum subscribers may submit their questions to
this thread. Questions may also be submitted by emailing them to us at
email@example.com. The deadline for submissions will be
Alan Fox has informed us of an opportunity to see The Thing (1982) on the big
screen in Dublin. It opens at the
Screen Cinema on the 3rd October.
September 27, 2011
Wilford Brimley turns 77 years old today. Happy birthday
September 26, 2011
Stuart Cohen, co-producer of The Thing (1982), has contacted
us to inform us of his blog,
which is devoted to his reminisces on the experience of making the film. This is
a very interesting site giving a unique perspective by one of the key figures of
the production team and answers to many long-standing questions.
September 25, 2011
The Russian HD trailer for The Thing (2011), with new
'Split-Face' footage towards the end, can be found here.
The Thing (2011) soundtrack by Marco Beltrami will be released on the 11th
October and is available for
. A short interview with the composer can be seen
September 13, 2011
Lots of additions to the
section: a custom ice-cube video case, some more scans from Germany and
something with lots of legs and fingers.
September 12, 2011
Bay Area residents will be pleased to know about a double bill
showing of The Thing (1982) and The Thing (2011) that has been organized by
clothesinfurnace. He sends us these details:
"1. The key thing for people to know is that this is not a
public screening. So, people cannot purchase tickets or just show up. I am
personally funding a private screening but am opening that screening up to fans
on a first-come, first serve basis. No charge. It's actually my birthday that
weekend, so this is how I choose to celebrate. However, those that want to come
just need to send me their name and email address so I can compile the list for
the theater manager. There are definitely a limited number of seats in the
2. The screening will take place on Saturday morning, October
15th, prior to the first showing of the new 2011 film. It will likely be at 9am,
but the time could be earlier or a bit later depending upon when they schedule
that first showing of the new film. They won't know until a week or two prior to
3. The screening will take place at the
AMC Mercado 20 Theater
in Santa Clara, CA. The address is: 3111 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara,
4. Those that can definitely make it need to email me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. I will confirm the exact time with them as I get more
5. Everyone staying for the 2011 film will need to purchase a
ticket to that showing. "
September 11, 2011
GhodiGirl has sent us another of her fabulous creations:
Agony. Check the cool stuff
Also in this section are photos sent to us by Fausto Ferrante
of the First Italian THING Fan Fest. He hopes for this to be an annual
event and their Facebook page is here.
September 04 , 2011
Another great addition to the
section. Jean-François Berreville has sent us a complete
storyboarding of The Thing which he has produced.
September 02, 2011
Mr. Carmichael has sent us scans of the legendary
Cinefantastique issue devoted to The Thing. We also have scans of an
article on The Thing from the German magazine 'Cinema'. Follow the links
Some great pieces of Thing-related artwork by GhodiGirl,
Holger Heissig and Zombie partisan have been included in the
August 22, 2011
At various locations in the US and for one night only
(25th August) there will be a rare opportunity to see The Thing on the big
We have a distinctly spooky addition to the
cool stuff section in form of a Thing-inspired illustration by Burt Durand.
August 21, 2011
section has been updated with entries for Jeff Kennemore and Dale Kuipers.
post on the discussion forums giving an indication of how the 'dogtown' scene
might have looked had it used Dale Kuiper's creature concept.
August 19, 2011
Two fantastic, high resolution backstage monster photos added
section. Thanks again to Jean-François for sending us these.
He also informs us of the sad passing of two further people involved in the
production of The Thing: Jeff Kennemore, a special effects technician and Dale
Kuipers, the original creature concept artist who left the production following
a traffic accident and was replaced by Rob Bottin.
August 11, 2011
section of the site has had to be updated. James Cummins, RIP.
This is his blog and
here is an informative obituary. Thanks to Jean-François
Berreville for letting us know, and also for more positive things which you will
August 09, 2011
Lots of additions to the
section. Also, pictures of a terrific Thing-inspired Halloween costume and
book jacket have been sent to us by Brian Ellis. Check them out in the
Meet the Master of Terror! John Carpenter will be a special guest at
MONSTER-MANIA CON 20, September 16-18 2011.
Web comedy series Dealership season 1 finale: an homage to The Thing. See it
LINKS section updated
to revise/remove dead links.
July 29, 2011
Charles John Hallahan (July 29, 1943 - November 25, 1997.)
July 27, 2011
NEW WEBMASTER: The new webmaster of the Outpost #31 site is
XidiouX, who is also the administrator of the Outpost #31 Discussion Forums. See
HERE. More news soon.
July 19, 2011
HAPPY 29th Birthday to The THING! This Saturday
the 25th of June marks the 29th Anniversary of John Carpenter's classic The
In celebration of this, The Thing returns to LA on June 23, 2011 at the
Bigfoot Crest!! See
From their site:
Discussion following with actor David Clennon, producers David Foster and
Lawrence Turman, and cinematographer Dean Cundey (schedules permitting).
Fangoria Magazine writer Justin Beahm sent in
this sneak peak THING inspired cover for issue #303.Sadly no THING
articles inside, but it will have an interview with John Carpenter and composer
Alan Howarth. Check the site out
Justin Bartlett sent in a link to tribute VHS and DVD covers he made. Check
Alexander Stania from Germany wrote a THING based novel. See his website
April 2nd, 2011 GEEKPLANETONLINE out of Ireland
did a posdcast special about "The Thing" and John Carpenter. Check it out
HERE. Thanks for Alan Fox for letting us know about this!
THE THING card game designed by Mark Chaplin is
HERE for your gaming enjoyment!
Oct. 30th, 2010: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Cool carving by
Patrick J. Kennedy!
June 25th, 2010: 28th Anniversary of the film today..... June
25th, 1982 - 2010.
April 7th, 2010: A first look at the set from the prequel, a
shot of the Norwegian camp.....
March 31st, 2010:
Prequel to THE THING shooting in Toronto, ON
and Stewart, B.C!
Sorry for the lack of an update the past while, I
spent the winter hiding out in Australia. I've been out of the loop quite a bit
on all things THE THING; lots of e-mails into the site regarding the prequel,
which has apparently wrapped filming in Toronto and also at the original site up
in Stewart, B.C. If anyone can send
info/updates on the prequel's status for Outpost #31 that would be great!
Oct. 28th, 2009: 35mm screening in Calgary, Alberta at the Plaza
Theatre - 1133 Kensington Rd NW.
Thurs. November 5th, 2009 9:30pm showtime.
Texas Frightmare Weekend salutes legendary filmmaker John
Carpenter April 30th -May 2nd, 2010 in Dallas, Texas! This movie maverick
staggered audiences in 1978 by unleashing suburban boogeyman Michael Myers into
our collective nightmares with Halloween. Carpenter's continued to chip away at
frayed nerves with The Thing, Christine, The Fog and Escape From New York. We
are tremendously honored John Carpenter has graciously accepted our invitation
and we eagerly await his latest fright flick, The Ward!
June 25th, 2009: Today is the 27th Anniversary of the film, 1982 - 2009.
April 29th, 2009: Premiere of metalalien's fan film, THE
THING II. This film project is 5 months in the making, complete with many
complex monster scenes and old school SFX props from liquid latex to
stop-motion. A "mainlad infection" breaks out in Nevada, winter 2009. HUGE kudos
to everyone involved on this awesome fan film project! Check it out.....
March 30th, 2009: Actor Richard Dysart, who played Dr.
Copper, is the oldest of the cast and he turns 80 today.
16th, 2009: John Carpenter turns 61 today! Best wishes to him from everyone at Outpost
Nov. 12th, 2008: It is with great sadness that on Nov. 4th, 2008
Steve Crawford a long-time contributing member of this site passed away suddenly
and unexpectedly in his sleep at the age of 38. Our deepest condolences and
prayers to all of Steve's family members and friends. Steve (who went by the
handle of SPC) submitted absolutely incredible contributions to this site. He
was the person who single-handedly found Outpost #31 on our trip to the remote
filming location in northern B.C. There is a memorial page with photos and more
Steve in front of Salmon Glacier on the 2003 trip to Stewart,
Oct. 18th, 2008: Rue-Morgue's Cinemacabre THING-FEST is a
huge success with the largest turn-out to date! Actor Thomas G. Waites who
played Windows in the film attends to meet fans, sign autographs, and do a Q&A
following the screening. Memorabilia and props from the film were also on
display. Photos and video from the event can
Dec. 10th, 2007: Some very cool news into the Outpost today, both Tom Waites (Windows) and
Keith David (Childs) will be appearing at the Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill,
New Jersey on the March 14th - 16th weekend.
Oct. 30th, 2007: We had our annual 35mm screening of THE THING this past weekend at
THING-FEST 2007 in London, Ontario. The past couple of years there has been a
small turn-out of fans and this year was no different but everyone was very
appreciative of this rare opportunity to see the film in the theater. There's a
handful of photos from the TF7 Weekend up HERE.
We will do it again next October and I am currently working on the possibility
of moving the 'FEST to Toronto. Hope to see some fans out for TF8:THING-FEST
Oct. 22nd, 2007: I have just returned from Orlando to see THE THING: Assimilation at
Halloween Horror Nights - Universal Studios. I went down there with a blank
slate on what to expect and I was blown away. As possibly one of the biggest
THING fans I was more than impressed, the guys who created this and set it up
did a fantastic job. A+ This is a creepy walk-thru of Outpost #31 including the
rec room, infirmary, kennel...dark, spooky, and full of scary THING's! Get an
Xpress Pass - you'll want to go through twice! This event runs until Sat. Nov.
Oct. 4th, 2007: Rue- Morgue magazine issue #72 hits newsstands with a special 25th
Anniversary Retrospective on THE THING. New in-depth interviews with Carpenter,
Russell, Keith David, Rob Bottin and yours truly. This article is a must-see for
all fans - check it out!
June 25th, 2007: Today marks the film's 25th Anniversary, THE THING opened on June 25th, 1982
- 25 years ago! Happy 25th! Watch the Oct. issue of Rue-Morgue magazine for
special coverage on the film, Outpost #31, and
Also Tim Palgut has created an awesome
insert booklet for the 2004 DVD (that did not come with one). It is a printable
.pdf file however it is large at 58MB. Find it here: Fan Images
May 20th, 2007: An incredible addition to the site today, Dan Fowler has submitted a 5-page
prequel comic covering the events at the Norwegian outpost. A must-see, check it
out in the Fan
Images section. Also check out a very cool Jed artwork by James Wolf.
April 18th, 2007: Unbelievably two more fan tattoos have
been sent in the past month, (Spider-Head and the Norwegian-Thing split faces!)
Be sure to swing by the Fan Tattoos
section and check them out! SFX foam latex master Rob Burman has contacted us
and answered questions from the fans. You can read what he has to say about his
involvement and work on the film in the
Special FX section.
March 15th, 2007: Just added to the Fan Tattoos
section: Zalus from Hungary has sent in a pic of his new tattoo, an awesome
inking of the glow-face poster artwork. Incredible! Also, if you haven't been by
our Disc. Board, James Russell also known as the "Movie Man" in Hyder, Alaska
will be screening THE THING for us at the Bearden Theater on the August 2009
Return to Stewart Trip. We'll be watching the film just down the road,
literally, from where the movie was shot. How cool is that?
Jan. 11th, 2007: I got a first hand look at the SOTA Toys MacReady Vs. Kennel-Thing box set
today and let me tell you, it is awesome! A HUGE thanks to Jed Haigh @ SOTA for
sending this new figure into Outpost #31. More photos and a report can be found
on our Disc. Board. It is available to order now on the
SOTA Toys for only $24.99!