Skip to main content
The Thing film image

The Thing

This event has passed

We invited Slash/Back director Nyla Innuksuk to curate a couple of films which influenced her debut feature. She came back with John Carpenter’s icy horror classic (“love The Thing, the girls and I watched it together the night before we started filming”) and Jonathan Kaplan’s cult teen movie Over the Edge (screening Saturday 25th).

Filmed in Stewart, British Columbia, Carpenter’s film is the second adaptation of John W Campbell’s novella ’Who Goes There?”, previously filmed by Howard Hawks and Christian Newby in 1951 as The Thing From Another World.

Set in American Antarctic research station, the film follows the discovery of a similar Norwegian site, the scene of some recent unexplained horrors that claimed the lives of everyone on the base. Records show that the Norwegians recently came across a UFO buried in the ice…

Legendary for the shocking creature fx created by Rob Bottin, the 1982 The Thing is now widely perceived as a classic in its own right, one of the scariest films ever made.

The Thing is one of [Carpenter’s] greatest moments, creating a terrifying atmosphere of claustrophobia, suspense and paranoia. And Kurt Russell is as good as he’s ever been, wearing one of the best beards in movie history.

Total Film

Director

John Carpenter

Cast

Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, T.K. Carter, David Clennon

Credits
Country of Origin

USA

Year

1982

Language

English

19+
109 min

Book Tickets

This event has passed.

Credits

Executive Producer

Wilbur Stark

Producer

David Foster, Lawrence Turman

Screenwriter

Bill Lancaster

Cinematography

Dean Cundey

Editor

Todd Ramsay

Original Music

Ennio Morricone

Also Playing at VIFF Centre

Slash/Back

Indigenous History Month 2022 Rupture

Sleepy Pangnirtung, Nunavut transforms into a battleground when Inuit teens confront shapeshifting alien invaders. Drawing from Hollywood classics and traditional Inuit stories, Slash/Back boasts a warrior spirit that's as endearing as it is indomitable.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre