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The Thing is episode 341 focusing on the 1982 film of the same name and part of the They Podcast miniseries on the films of John Carpenter. Posted September 12, 2021.


Here’s the thing about THE THING - it might be the best movie we’ve ever covered? Emily VanDerWerff joins us (and joins the five-timers club!) to discuss Carpenter’s Arctic paranoia classic, which was unfairly maligned upon release. Topics covered include the “Brimley COCOON Line,” the film as a trans allegory, and dogs getting their faces peeled back like bananas.

Checkout Emily’s podcast What to Watch on the Vox Quick Hits feed or the scripted series Arden! [1]

Milestones and Ephemera[]

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June 25, 1982

  1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  2. Blade Runner
  3. Firefox
  4. Rocky III
  5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Other films: Annie, Poltergeist, The Thing (at #8), Megaforce


  1. The Thing on Audioboom. Retrieved September 12, 2021.
  2. u/StephenStaunton, Every time someone says the word 'Thing' in 'The Thing' episode.... reddit. Retrieved October 3, 2021.