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Here are a few rare, hard-to-find behind-the-scenes shots of The Thing in production.  A few are exclusive to Outpost31.com and cannot be found anywhere else.  We're always looking for more.  If you have any please send them in!  usoutpost31@btinternet.com.  

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Pictures of the Norwegian 'Splitface' and mid-transformation dog. Thanks to Jean-Francois Berreville for sending these to us. There are comments on the creation of the Splitface monster on the blog of one of its creators, James Cummins. 

Pictures of the original Spider-Head being sculpted by the FX masters. 

Mike Ploog drawing of how the Spider-Head worked


Hilarious Mike Ploog drawings of the Norris-Thing in action


Building the Blair Monster miniature set








(Thanks to Ernest D. Farino, Blair Monster FX Crew, for giving us this picture.)





Palmer Explosion Audio Outtake

The following dialogue is the text from an audio outtake clip recorded by a production sound crew who worked on The Thing.  It is about a minute long and records the comments between Kurt Russell and the effects crew that set up the Palmer-Thing explosion.  It occurs after a particularly large blast goes off (when Mac tosses the TNT at the Palmer-Thing).  It turned out to be much stronger and closer to Kurt and the crew than anyone had anticipated.  If you watch that scene closely, you'll see Kurt almost gets knocked off his feet.  This clip is quite hilarious, but it has a lot of coarse language.  Unfortunately, we cannot post the audio clip on the site due to a strict copyright contract with Universal. 

Here is the text of the audio clip:

[An extremely loud BOOM!]

[The sound of many fire extinguishers and background people screaming and laughing.]

Kurt Russell: "Are you kidding me!?  Are you fucking with me!?  You're kidding me!"

Crewperson: "Are you alright!?"

Kurt: "Holy shit!  Yeah!"

Crewperson: "Are you alright!?"

Kurt: "You fucking asshole!  You gotta be kidding me!" (laughs)

Crewperson #2: "Are you alright!?"

Kurt: "Whoa!" (laughs)

Crewperson #2: "I didn’t expect anything like that!"

Kurt: "Holy fuck!  That shit blew by me sooooo fast man!  Boom!" (laughs)

Crewperson #3: "Holy shit!  A piece landed on my head!"

Crewperson: "Hey!  How was it over there for you?"

Kurt: "Cowafuckingbunga!" (laughs)

Crewperson #3: "Ha Ha!  Did you see that fucking piece burning on my head!?"

On-Location Photos

John and crewmember clowning around in the
burned-out hulk of the Norwegian chopper. In August 2003 Todd and Steve found these remains at the filming site just north of Stewart, B.C.

Shooting a scene at  the burned wreckage
of the Norwegian camp. 

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John behind the camera on location up in Stewart, B.C.  A candid silhouette shot of the director at work on The Thing.  Another shot of John in a publicity photo. 


Outpost 31: Location scouting and construction






















Shooting "Dogtown"


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Interior shots of Outpost #31 

Cinematographer Dean Cundey during a shoot. 

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What appears to be a rehearsal shot with the Norwegian victim.
Note that Norris is in short sleeves and Childs is wearing glasses.


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