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Outpost #31 News

March 17 , 2014

Today is the 63rd birthday of Kurt Russell. Happy birthday Mac!

Eric Heisserer, writer of The Thing 2011 screenplay, has been very kindly answering questions about the movie on our discussion forum.

 

March 12 , 2014

Today is the 68th birthday of Dean Cundey, cinematographer on John Carpenter's The Thing. Happy birthday Dean!

 

January 26, 2014

We have lots of superb new fan artwork in the Fan Images section from Dan(?), Rhyn WIlliams, mythology1, Jean-François Berreville and Gareth Barrington.  Also thanks to Mr Carmichael for a very rare behind-the-scenes pic in our Cool Stuff section. Jean-François informs us of recent work he has been doing on his French blog.  In  his own words:

"Perhaps that you would be happy to learn than my first part of my article about The Thing on my french blog with automatic translator (dealing with the different beginnings about the movie, from the novela to the first attempts to put the story onto screen) was seen by a thousand people (http://creatures-imagination.blogspot.fr/2012/10/a-lorigine-de-la-chose.html). The second one about special effects was seen five hundred times (http://creatures-imagination.blogspot.fr/2012/12/la-chose-une-entreprise-monstre.html), but the third one is rather less beloved, because only a handful of people readed it ( it's about the critical reception, the destiny of its creators, the qualities of the movie itself and the several sequels by comics and movies : http://creatures-imagination.blogspot.fr/2013/02/the-thing-le-chef-duvre-mal-aime.html ).

After a huge tribute to Ray Harryhausen (including lost projects) on my blog, I made a little tribute to Dale KUIPERS, who designed first THE THING's monster (http://creatures-imagination.blogspot.fr/2013/10/en-souvenir-de-dale-kuipers.html)"

Felix Gilfedder writes to tell us that he has "developed a tool set designed to support independent horror filmmakers, artists, writer and photographers called Bolster. It would be great if you could promote it amongst your community and I am looking for testers if you are up for it?

You can see the Bolster site here  - http://bolster1000.herokuapp.com/

You can see a working Bolster button on Popcorn Horror here:

http://popcornhorror.com/zombie-employment-agency/"

Popcorn Horror project press kit:

FInally for today, a new Thing game!  José L. Serrano Silva is an Illustrator and he has written in to tell us about a new The Thing-based RPG he has written which is free to download.

Youtube Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cb0DKCaq0A

For more information, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.moddb.com%2Fgames%2Fthe-thing-2&h=vAQEsCUz8

 

January 17, 2014

We have another excellent behind-the-scenes video from ADI:  'Thing Juliette Show 'N Tell'.

Happy birthday to John Carpenter who has just turned 66. 

 

January 07, 2014

We have just done a Q&A with Jez Conolly, author of the Devil's Advocates monograph 'The Thing'. Jez's excellent book can be purchased via Amazon. The UK link is here and the US link is here.

 

December 18, 2013

The practical effects wizards at ADI have sent us an terrific early Christmas present -  a video showing the development of the Juliette-Thing from The Thing (2011.) 

Happy birthday to T. K. Carter ('Nauls') who turns 57 today.

 

November 20, 2013

Happy Birthday to Richard Masur, who turns 65 today!

 

November 10, 2013

Happy Birthday to Ennio Morricone, composer of the score to John Carpenter's The Thing, who turns 85 today.

A new book about The Thing, written by Jez Conolly, has just been published. We hope to bring you an interview with the author soon.

Our good friends at Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (ADI) have shared a new video giving a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at their work on The Thing 2011, this time at the Edvard/Adam-Thing burn rig mechanism.

Jared Tipton was lucky enough to visit StudioADI and have a life cast taken.  He shares with us this video of his adventure.

www.thulestation.com have just completed a fan Q&A with Jørgen Langhelle, who played Lars in The Thing 2011.  Very odd to read his intriguing answers in perfect English!

Sandy Leask writes in to inform us about GLEAMViz, a highly-sophisticated, state-of-the-art epidemic simulator.  Sandy writes:

"I would love it if you could spread the word to someone who knows or has a better idea how to make a model for The Thing getting to civilization.  It would make for an interesting simulation and we could see if it would really take 27,000 hours!"

Whogoesthere?! Podcast have created an episode about the 1982 and 2011 The Thing movies.

And lots of new fan artwork/creations coming soon!

 

September 11, 2013

Shio-Z have just released their latest album 'Science of The Night', for which they have made an excellent The Thing inspired mini promo video along with a hilarious commercial for the album.

Justin Saumier is working on an independent film adaptation of John W. Campbell's classic novella 'Who Goes There?', which formed the basis for the The Thing franchise. 

Cyril Roquelaine has sent us more superb Norris sculpture pics.   Head on over to our Fan Models page to see them!

 

August 27, 2013

From Todd Cameron, Outpost #31 founder:

"THE THING bigscreen this Sunday Sept. 1st - 8:45pm at Toronto International Film Festival. I will be there!!"

 

August 26, 2013

We're conducting some under-the-hood maintenance on the site in order to improve navigation.  In the meantime, you may find that some existing links are broken.  Rest assured, this job will be completed soon with all internal links working.

 

August 17, 2013

More awesome exclusives from ADI!

We're delighted that they've sent us an additional video of the Griggs Thing, focusing on the performance of the creature. 

 

Not what we saw in the movie! 

We've had the enormous privilege of being able to report to you, often exclusively, about the audacious and exciting creative steps ADI have taken in response to the misjudged replacement of much of their work on The Thing (2011) by inappropriate and less effective CGI.    

While there's no denying that CGI is a very powerful tool for creating certain kinds of cinematic illusion, it is by no means a panacea.  The most effective technology for the cinematic representation of living creatures often still is hand-crafted practical effects, both in terms of the convincingness of the illusion itself and also in being able to elicit the most natural response from the human actors in the scene.  Acting, as the saying goes, is reacting.  It would be insulting, and mistaken, to refer to practical  effects as 'old school', as this is a technology which has progressed in leaps and bounds even since Rob Bottin's day, as have the skills of its most eminent contemporary practitioners.

Fans of creature-based horror movies, all across the world, have been giving their backing to this position, in terms of voicing this opinion and also through their pledges to ADI's successfully Kickstarter-funded projects: Harbinger Down and, more recently, Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs, being directed by ADI co-founders Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. (performing the Griggs Thing in the above video) respectively.

There is still one day left to pledge to Fire City, with all contributions going towards enhanced production values and with great new prizes and gifts on offer if it meets its new stretched goal:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okaybyme/fire-city-the-interpreter-of-signs-a-demon-noir-fa

As a taster of what to expect, we can, again exclusively, show you some fascinating behind-the-scenes photos from this eagerly-awaited production.  Enjoy!

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

August 08, 2013

We bring you another exclusive video from those wonderful and very generous people at ADI - a behind the scenes look at the making of the Griggs-Thing from The Thing (2011): 

 

Not content to spoil us fans of practical creature effects with the eagerly awaited, successfully funded Kickstarter project Harbinger Down, ADI have another treat in store for us: Tom Woodruff Jr.'s directorial debut project  Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs.

Tom, besides being one of the world's premiere creature effects artists, is also one of the most famous actors you never knew you knew, being the human talent inside some of our most beloved cinematic monstrosities, including The Thing in the 2011 movie and the Alien in most instalments of this saga. 

Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs is also a Kickstarter campaign which is trending well towards its $100K goal.   They have an excellent project page here, full of cool stuff.  Please take the time to visit and, if you can, make a pledge towards helping them reach their goal.

The main demon in this movie, we're told, is 'The Molluck' shown in their Kickstarter page linked above.   Timothy Martin, who worked heavily on The Thing (2011), was behind this creation.   Thanks to frequent contributor Holger Heissig, we have some photos of more of Timothy's work in our Cool Stuff section: a Blair-Thing and a Leviathan.

 

July 30, 2013

Outpost #31 (finally!) has a proper presence on Facebook.

 

July 29, 2013

Today would have been Charles Hallahan's 70th birthday.  Rest in Peace, Norris.

 

July 28, 2013

Our Stuart Cohen Q&A page has been updated with answers to questions submitted to him on our discussion forums.

 

July 21, 2013

The Outpost #31 intro movie should now work on devices which are not Flash-enabled (iPad/iPhone etc.)

 

July 14, 2013

Jez Conolly's book 'The Thing' is available for pre-order on Amazon.  We can't wait to get our hands on a copy!

 

July 10, 2013

Scott V. Pensa sent us some fantastic photos taken at a The Thing cast reunion at Days of the Dead 2013.  Head on over to our Cool Stuff section to see them.

Our Behind-the-Scenes section has been updated to include a series of photos showing location scouting and the construction of Outpost #31.

 

July 09, 2013

Updates to the Storyboards and Behind-The-Scenes sections.  Thanks to Mr. Carmichael for the pics and for other Things we'll be putting up soon.

 

July 07, 2013

The Toronto International  Film Festival will be screening John Carpenter's The Thing on 01 September.  Outpost #31 founder Todd Cameron will be there!

Some great updates to our Fan Images section from James O. Cunningham (MADARTISTJOC.deviantart.com) and Mike Fiend.

The Script page has been updated to include other Thing-related screenplays for download.

 

June 27, 2013

If you happen to be in New York City over the next two months, you might wish to attend a performance, directed by acclaimed actor Thomas G. Waites ('Windows') of William Shakespeare's As You Like It.  Ticket and related information is available here.

Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. have very kindly shared with us another behind-the-scenes video of the making of The Thing (2011), this time focusing on the creation of the Henrik autopsy Thing. 

 



In related news, we're delighted to hear that Tom Woodruff Jr. from ADI will be making his feature length directorial debut with Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs.   Head on over to Dread Central for more news, including Woodruff's stand-alone film King of Miseries, to be hosted there on the 3rd July, which will set the scene for the longer feature. 

June 25, 2013

John Carpenter's The Thing is 31 years old today!  There's something about that number that we can't quite put a finger on.  Anyway, co-producer Stuart Cohen has given The Thing fanbase a wonderful 31st birthday present - more exclusive recollections about the making of the movie from his uniquely well-placed perspective.  You won't hear these stories from anyone else so what are you waiting for?  Go and visit his blog.  And if you're lucky, he might even answer some of your questions on our forums.

 

June 24, 2013

Thing fans should keep a keen eye on Stuart Cohen's indispensable blog.  Some great Things coming our way...tomorrow!

 

June 09, 2013

From Alec Gillis to Outpost #31 members:

"Dear Outposters,

When you were sitting in a theatre watching THE THING 2011, did you ever think that your disappointment could turn into action? Who knew? I sure didn't. But Tom and I thank you not only for helping make the Harbinger Down kickstarter campaign a rousing success, but for inspiring it in the first place! You've made our tentacles vibrate, our maws gape, our bladders pulsate with life! (that's just about the weirdest sentence I've ever written.) And this is only the beginning. You've entrusted us not just with your money, but your hopes. We take that seriously. We share your dreams of better nightmares! Ray Harryhausen told me 'nightmares cleanse the soul". If that's true, we hope to scrub your souls squeaky clean!

-alec"

 

June 07, 2013

Huge congratulations to Alec, Tom, Jen and everyone else at ADI on meeting their Kickstarter funding target for Harbinger Down.  And massive thanks to all members of the 'Street Team' and for all of your efforts in making this happen, and to everyone who pledged.  Now the real work for ADI begins and they will have our full and unfailing support.  We've been very lucky to have been as close as we have been to the action during this increasingly, indeed towards the end almost intolerably tense time.    Outpost #31's main focus will continue to be The Thing but we will also be bringing you news about the development of this original, all-practical effects monster movie, coming our way in 2014 from some of the best people in the business.

 

June 04, 2013

Amazing and very interesting interview with Alec Gillis from ADI about the movie business, the effects industry, The Thing and Harbinger Down.

Happy birthday to Keith David, who turns 57 years old today.

 

June 02, 2013

Ever wondered what John W. Campbell, author of the novella 'Who Goes There?' (which formed the basis for the entire The Thing franchise/mythos) thought about its first cinematic manifestation, in the Hawks/Nyby classic 'The Thing From Another World'?  Check our books page to find out and thanks very much to Edward Knowlton for sharing his story with us.

Maurice Noah tells us about how 'Who Goes There?' inspired this great music video he created for his song 'Skinwalker':

Maurice writes: 'The theme of metamorphosis always fascinated me. I see it as a central theme in the lives of all human beings, even though it lays under, mostly unconscious, so that it often needs mythological narrative to be decoded. We try and experience the pleasure of being someone else all the time. Every time we read a book, we watch a TV show or a movie, or we daydream about our champions, we become these characters, we identify ourselves in them. Perhaps there is something in the stories of other people, like a way out - a kind of peace.'

 

May 28, 2013

Those wonderful people behind the Harbinger Down project have offered to take questions from us: that's right, Tom Woodruff Jr, Alec Gillis and the legendary Lance Henriksen. Please submit them to our usual address or on our forums.  They also very kindly sent us this video about the making of the ice block Thing in the 2011 movie.

On the subject of Kickstarter, Dave Bryer send us an interesting update on his movie project 'Escape From Kurt Russell' which we mentioned here last year. This is also now a Kickstarter project and they are looking for funding so please visit their page and show your support.  

 

May 10, 2013

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:

 

 

From ADI: '"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.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1117671683/harbinger-down-a-practical-creature-fx-film

 

May 05, 2013

You can now follow Outpost #31 on Twitter.

Some former members of Computer Artworks, who developed the 2002 The Thing PC/console game, have reunited for an exciting new project: The Realm.

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 Fan Images 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 here for 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. MacLean.

 

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 them!

Here's an interesting little Thing montage: The Incident at Outpost 31.  Thanks to Checkers Wizard for the link.

Dean Cundey has done a lengthy retrospective interview with Craft Truck (parts 1 and 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 forums

 

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 here

 

February 05, 2013

FORUM MIGRATION: Our migration to Yuku has now taken place. The new URL for the Outpost #31 discussion forums is:

http://thethingfan.fr.yuku.com/

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 this 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 available here.  We will provide further details as we obtain them.

 

January 20, 2013

From our friends at www.thulestation.com:

"Hi folks. Thulestation.com has lined up a fan Q&A with Jørgen Langhelle who plays Lars in the Prequel. Post your questions here before the end of January or email them to admin@thulestation.com. 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 this thread on our forums.

 

January 16, 2013

Happy Birthday to the Master of Horror! John Carpenter turns 65 years old today.

We have added a fantastic The Thing sequel screenplay to our Fan Fiction section: The Thing II - The End of the World by Stuart Goodacre.

 

November 20, 2012

Richard Masur turns 64 today.  Happy Birthday Clark!

 

November 19, 2012

Nicolas Lettereux from France has a riddle for us:

"What happens when SpongeBob is infected by the Thing?   The answer is here!

 

November 06, 2012

Richard Dysart on his death in The Thing:

http://ww3.tvo.org/video/184064/richard-dysart-his-death-thing

Thanks to CplFerro for the link.

 

October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween everyone!

We have a great new short story from John Hitchcock, Irina's Memoir, which is a prequel to his earlier Unfinished Business.

Ever wondered what would happen if you gave The Thing LSD?  John Carpenter has told us in the final instalment of our Q&A with him.


October 23, 2012

We have a great new fan contribution, an epic 'choose-your-own-adventure' style story by OWWL.

Alan Fox informs us that:

 "A race course (horse) in Ireland are doing outdoor movies for Halloween week. On Halloween night they are playing ... THE THING!"

http://www.tattersalls.ie/movies/

Chuck writes in to tells us about a rare opportunity to meet members of the cast of The Thing:

"Not sure if you were aware of this but fellow Thing fans out there may want to know that Keith David and Thomas Waits will be at Days of the Dead in Chicago Nov. 16-18."

http://www.daysofthedead.net/chicago/


October 01, 2012

Our friends at The Thing Prequel Facebook page have created 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 updates.


September 27, 2011

Happy birthday to Wilford Brimley, who turns 78 years old today.


September 18, 2012

Matt Chalik 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 of it.

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 this!"

Ever wondered what a line of action figures for John Carpenter's The Thing would look like? Wonder no more - the answer is here!

In related news, John Carpenter's Halloween is being re-released in theatres, with the biggest run it has had since it was released originally.


September 16, 2012

At long last, and not a moment before time, we have a downloads page.  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 a copy!

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.

Some great cool stuff for you:

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 here.

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 29, 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 interviews section.

Some good news for French and Italian speaking readers: you might find these books to be of interest:

La question de la forme dans le film The Thing...

La cosa da un altro mondo...

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 stuff 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 creative people.

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 Cohen's 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!

Some links:

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 this 8-bit 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 usual email address.  The deadline for questions is the 30th June.

 

May 16, 2012

Our Q&A with Anne Billson is also now up

 

May 11, 2012

Our Q&A with Marco Beltrami is now up

 

May 10, 2012

David Clennon turns 69 years old today. Happy Birthday Palmer!

Marco Beltrami, composer of The Thing (2011) soundtrack, has sent us his answers for our Q&A, which we will be posting up on the site over the next few days.

 

May 08, 2012

Our best wishes for a swift and full recovery go to John Carpenter, who has had to have emergency eye surgery. 

Some great new Things in our cool stuff section: woodman's MacReady costume and Steven Resendez's Southpark-style Thing cast.

Head off to our store if you would like one of Darrin Hintz's fantastic MacReady bust sculptures.

To round Things off, some recent links:

Escape From Kurt Russell.  See also the project page here.

Pop Apostle's The Thing site.

Claycat's The Thing.

 

May 01, 2012

Introducing Outpost #31's prequel-specific sister site: www.thulestation.com.

 

April 30, 2012

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 Stuff 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 here.

 

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 here.

 

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!

 

March 25, 2012

The Outpost #31 store is getting a revamp.

http://www.outpost31.com/store.html

The new model for the store is a marketplace where any producer of Thing-related merchandise can advertise their wares.   Official Outpost #31 merchandise is still available.

Former Outpost #31 webmaster Vanman informs us that John Carpenter will be a featured guest at FanExpo Canada, Toronto, 23-26 August.

http://www.fanexpocanada.com/horror-guests/john-carpenter/ 

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.

http://www.meinsol.de/blog/show.phtml?cbID=35973  

Tobias also tells us about another blog entry about the soundtracks to both The Thing movies.

http://www.meinsol.de/blog/show.phtml?cbID=35785  

Both of the above links are in German.

Henry J. Alvarez's family have contacted us to let us know about a memorial/celebration of his life that will be taking place in Carson, CA on the 30th March.

images/HJAmemorial.jpg   

Joey Vegas has sent us a terrific B&W Kate illustration, which can be found our cool stuff section.

 

March 18, 2012

The new Universal Studios logo can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E98iTbFqRuM

The word 'epic' doesn't even begin to describe this.  The mind boggles when speculating on what it might look like in another 100 years time!

 

March 17, 2012

Kurt Russell turns 61 years old today! Happy Birthday Mac, have a few J&Bs on us.

Jean-François Berreville informs us of the sad passing of Henry Jesus Alvarez, creature sculptor on John Carpenter's The Thing.  Our in memoriam page has been updated.   Some links:

Biography:  http://makeupmag.com/featured/id/938/ 

Official site:  http://www.alvarezwax.com/index.html 

Interview:  http://latexmaskcentral.com/Alvarez1.php 

Tribute by his son:  http://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/topic/42616#.T2U1_9VW-tM

 

March 12, 2012

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:

This one's for fans of the long-running UK quiz show Countdown  - great work Peepholecircus!

Ltwoulf sent us videos (here and 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 level.

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 section.

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

Interviews!

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 doing something special involving him in the near future.

More updates:

We have a great new short story, 'Unfinished Business', by John Hitchcock, in our Fan Fiction section. 

Simon Jago has contacted us to tell us about his 60 second parody of The Thing (2011):

'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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=3_XXGaIi66A  

and the actual voting page on the Empire website is:

http://www.empireonline.com/awards2012/diss/  

and the entry is "The Thing by Simon Jago" '

Finally, for today, Peter Divito has sent us pics of his superb Thing tattoo.  Check them out in the Fan Tattoos section.

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 stuff section.

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.

"Hi,

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 show. 

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 humans.

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 roaming parasites."

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/69552/panic-station

The second 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 masterpiece "John 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."

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/75828/the-thing

It can be ordered online through the links listed here: 

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/565451/the-thing-card-game-now-available 

I'm not involved in either game, however I have recently created a redesign of the second game for my own personal use.  Details of that, including pictures, can be found here:

http://boardgamegeek.com/blog/1162

 Regards,

 -fen-"


January 19, 2012

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 arrange this.  

A slightly edited version of Blake's 'The Tape' can be found at the previous link.


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 fan fiction section.

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 here
.

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 February 2012. 

If you are a member of our discussion forums, please submit all questions to this thread.  If not, you are of course welcome to join but you can also send them to our usual 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:

FanImages/jeanfrancois/Christmas-Thing_color.jpg

 

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 István Feher.
 

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 cold-blooded surprises.)

http://www.buioomega.de/

We wonder what this could be? 
 

November 20, 2011

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 hats.

Loki Chan has sent us some interesting Thing-related news from Mexico.  Loki tells us:

"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 Mexico City:
 
http://www.autocinemacoyote.com/home/cartelera/
 
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 found on 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 movies.

DISCUSSION FORUMS UPDATE: If you go down to the boards today, you're sure of a big surprise! 
 

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. Eliot writes:

"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.

Just thought I would share these plans with your group. The website is just getting loaded and will be continuously added to over the next few months.
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/april2012/index.html

Eliot Brodsky

Monsterpalooza."

DISCUSSION FORUMS UPDATE: More work is currently being done in relation to the server migration.   

November 07, 2011

Jason Gamble has sent us photos of a highly-intriguing Blair-Monster sculpture he carved out of a walnut tree using a chainsaw! They're in the cool stuff section.

November 05, 2011

Some new fan artwork is in our cool stuff section: two great Split-faces, a superb Norris-Thing and some highly atmospheric wallpapers.

We will at some point soon begin reorganizing our burgeoning archive of fan artwork into a much more accessible form.  Watch this space.

November 01, 2011

'The Thing: Cold War - Episode 1: Outpost 31', a very tense script by Boomwolf, is up in our fan fiction section.

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from Outpost #31! We have some treats for you in the form of great costume photos sent to us by Adam Stephenson and Chris Wall. They're in our cool stuff section.

DISCUSSION FORUMS UPDATE: The server move is supposed to be taking place today.

October 26, 2011

More additions to our cool stuff section:

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

Jon Kroll has sent us links to two Thing-based Google themes he has created.

Tobie Hill has sent us pictures of a 3D model he has made of the alien spaceship and links to trailers he has created for both Thing movies.

DISCUSSION FORUMS UPDATE: Seem to be normal.  A hard drive replacement did the trick, apparently.  No word yet on when the actual migration/upgrade will take place.

October 20, 2011

Two great additions to our cool stuff section: Brian McEnroe's Thing diorama and the beginnings of Adam Stephenson's Halloween costume.

Mercy from Armchair Directors has contacted us to let us know that they have reviewed all three Thing movies.

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 hearts.

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 here.

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) on Daily Planet.

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 well.

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

images/The-Thing-2011-poster.jpg

Lots of links:

A new, limited release re-recording by Alan Howarth of Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to John Carpenter's The Thing.  

A 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 Lewis.

October 10, 2011

Our discussion forums are back online.

We have an update from clothesinfurnace on the screening of The Thing (1982) he is organising:

"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: jntipton@yahoo.com

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, CA.


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 the skies!

Sincerely,

Michael Doyle
"

More news:

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, Bloody Disgusting 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:

A featurette on the making of The Thing (2011).

An interview with the cast, director and producers of The Thing (2011).

The Thing (2011) production notes.

The Thing (2011) cast article.

The Thing (2011) crew article.

Stay tuned here for updates on the situation.

October 05, 2011

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.

The second part of the Dark Horse comic story  The Northman Nightmare is available.

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 usoutpost31@btinternet.com. The deadline for submissions will be announced soon.

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 Blair!


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.

September 23, 2011

The first issue of a new Thing-based Dark Horse comic story, The Northman Nightmare, has been released.

Universal have released several, free, Thing-related games:

A game based on Halloween Horror Nights can be found here.

Another game, Hunt The Thing has appeared. This is possibly the game we've been waiting for on the official site (no working link yet but a few nice, interactive updates.) 

The Thing: Flame Thrower is available for Android and iOS.

Thing-out on your friends with It Will Become You.

September 21, 2011

With the release date of The Thing (2011) drawing ever closer, prequel-related developments are coming in thick and fast. Here is a round-up of recent items:

The red band trailer for The Thing (2011) is available in HD here.

Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights, featuring attractions based on The Thing, opens in Orlando and Hollywood on the 23rd September.

Horrorhound issue #31 (coincidence?) has a feature on The Thing (2011) and a beautiful Thing-inspired cover illustration created by Mark Maddox

Make-Up Artist Magazine issue  #92 has a feature on the make-up effects used in The Thing (2011).

The Thing (2011) soundtrack by Marco Beltrami will be released on the 11th October and is available for preorder . A short interview with the composer can be seen here
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September 13, 2011

Lots of additions to the cool stuff 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 auditorium.

 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 opening weekend.

 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, CA.

 4. Those that can definitely make it need to email me at: jntipton@yahoo.com. I will confirm the exact time with them as I get more info.

 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 section.

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 cool stuff 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 here.

Some great pieces of Thing-related artwork by GhodiGirl,  Holger Heissig and Zombie partisan have been included in the cool stuff section.

 

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 screen.  See here.

We have a distinctly spooky addition to the cool stuff section in form of a Thing-inspired illustration by Burt Durand.  

 

August 21, 2011

The in memoriam section has been updated with entries for Jeff Kennemore and Dale Kuipers.  See this 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 to the  behind-the-scenes 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

Sadly, the in memoriam 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 see soon.

 

August 09, 2011

Lots of additions to the LINKS 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 cool stuff section.


August 01, 2011

The new contact email address for the Outpost 31 site and forums is usoutpost31@btinternet.com.

 

July 31, 2011

HEY, SWEDEN! 

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 HERE.

LINKS section updated to revise/remove dead links. 
 

July 29, 2011

Charles John Hallahan (July 29, 1943 - November 25, 1997.)  RIP Norris.

 

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 THING!

In celebration of this, The Thing returns to LA on June 23, 2011 at the Bigfoot Crest!! See HERE.
From their site:
Discussion following with actor David Clennon, producers David Foster and Lawrence Turman, and cinematographer Dean Cundey (schedules permitting).

Be there or be square!
 

May 23, 2011

The Thing  - Prequel Facebook Page  HERE.

Direct link to the outpost31.com forum for the Thing - Prequel  HERE.

May 7, 2011
Updates to Fan Essays and Fan Fiction! Check them out HERE and HERE.

A Danish translation of the John W. Campbell classic "Who Goes There?" has been published by Science Fiction Cirklen HERE. Thanks to Ramus Wichmann.

April 17, 2011
Catching up on updates today....

A double feature of THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD and John Carpenter's THE THING will be shown at The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre on April 30th, 2011. Check it out if you're in the area. Thanks to Richard Rivera for letting us know about this.

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 HERE.




Justin Bartlett sent in a link to tribute VHS and DVD covers he made. Check them out HERE.

Alexander Stania from Germany wrote a THING based novel. See his website HERE.

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 available 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! Thanks!

 

Oct. 28th, 2009:
35mm screening in Calgary, Alberta at the
Plaza Theatre - 1133 Kensington Rd NW.
Thurs. November 5th, 2009 9:30pm showtime. http://www.theplaza.ca/
Ph: 403-283-2222

 

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! http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/

 

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.....

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwAk1-QmBvw

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT-0fIL19pU

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOByim-1AUI

Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBLIkXtCG9A

Behind-the-scenes Making of Featurette

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxjObN8TG6E

Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z31A17OqB-s

 

April 1st, 2009:
A fan from Nevada has been working on some incredible props for his fan film, here is a video of the Blair-Monster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv9L8P3zt2E  


Photo of Metal Alien's Blair-Monster prop... More pics here: http://thethingfan.fr.yuku.com/viewtopic.php?t=2540
 

March 30th, 2009:
Actor Richard Dysart, who played Dr. Copper, is the oldest of the cast and he turns 80 today.

Jan. 16th, 2009:
John Carpenter turns 61 today! Best wishes to him from everyone at Outpost #31!
 

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 info HERE.


Steve in front of Salmon Glacier on the 2003 trip to Stewart, B.C.

 

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 HERE.


Todd and Thomas Waites at THING-FEST
 

August 11th, 2008
Excellent GI Joe/THE THING fan tribute video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=rT7AH4JyuNs   Also, THE THING will be released on Blu-ray DVD on Sept. 30th, 2008.

June 25th, 2008
THE THING turns 26 today, it opened on Friday, June 25th, 1982.

April 1st, 2008
Actor Richard Dysart (Dr. Copper) has sent us an e-mail! Richard celebrated his 79th B-Day on Sun. March 30th.

From: "Richard Dysart" 
Thanks for your message to Kathy D. and thanks for your birthday  
greeting to me!  What a trip, to discover all your great work.
Dr. COPPER

March 18th, 2008:
Keith David (CHILDS) and Tom Waites (WINDOWS) were at the Monster-Mania X Con in NJ over the weekend. A HUGE thanks to Ian and Chris for getting these photos for Outpost #31.



 

"I appreciate all my fans with great gratitude and enthusiasm. I respect and am honored you guys love the film so much. Cool. WINDOWS! Forever." ~ Tom Waites

 

March 6th, 2008:
The full 15 minute version of this fan film is up now: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4gsa0_john-carpenters-the-thing-full-swed_shortfilms

Some fans have made their own awesome 6-min short film of THE THING and it is submitted in Filmmaking Frenzy's Rewind Kindly contest! View the short and vote for it here: http://beta.filmmakingfrenzy.com/sites/filmfrenzy_beta/ViewFilm.aspx?FilmId=152 Huge kudos to Mario Restive and everyone who contributed on this film - excellent work guys!!
 

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. http://www.monstermania.net
 

Nov. 18th, 2007:
Recent interview with Keith David on horror website The Colonel's Crypt.

 

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 2008!

 

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. 3rd.
www.halloweenhorrornights.com

 

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 THING-FEST

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!


SOTA Toys MacReady Vs. Kennel-Thing Box Set
 

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