Thing: The Musical aka Escape from the Shining Alien Thing from Beyond the Stars, The

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It is afraid. It is alone. It is three million light years from home.
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Original Release Date:
1982
Original Running Time:
109
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Fanedit Running Time:
119
Time Added:
10
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
This fanedit is my love letter to John Carpenter's classic horror film "The Thing" but also to that beautiful decade that was the 80s. There are many, many movie and pop culture references throughout; there's a new soundtrack, alternate dialog, new visual effects (some so subtle only the most hardcore The Thing fans will notice) and more Easter eggs than Palmer's got dutchies. Basically, I threw everything but the kitchen sink at this Thing.
Intention:
Like many of my mashups, this came from a single idea. It occurred to me that Norris' chest opening up kind of looked like the Sarlac pit in Return of the Jedi and when I added that iconic Jedi music to that defibrillator scene it was wildly inappropriate and I loved it and then it gave me another idea. What if the spaceship from the beginning of the movie crashed because there was a xenomorph on board? Then another; what if The Thing was a sequel to all of the actors' previous movies? Like what if MacReady was the used car salesman from "Used Cars"? And did you know that MacReady's boss in that movie is called "Fuchs"?

And that's how you end up spending a year on a remix project. I absolutely loved working on this. It was a blast.
Other Sources:
There are way too many sources in this to list all here and besides, it would spoil the experience. But to give you an idea of the vibe of this remix, there's footage, references or homages to The Thing from Another World (1951), Alien (1979), Predator (1987), Wargames (1983), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Airwolf (1984), Transformers (1985) and many others.

The new soundtrack includes music by David Bowie, Duran Duran, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Blondie, Queen, John Williams, James Horner, Alan Silvestri and more.
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to Dwight Fry for previewing this and for the feedback and support.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Deleted scenes and alternate takes (19 minutes)
Trailers
English subtitles.
Editing Details:
I use the "remix" button on Sony Vegas. It's easy!
Poster by blueyoda


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The Thing Super Special Edition Trailer

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This edit is amazing. ill admit ive only seen the thing 1 time awhile ago but i remembered the basics. this is like its own movie. it re writes the story in many places and it has so many easter eggs and laughible moments. i will say the only thing i was dissapointed about was i expected to see a scene from the shining when he was breaking down the door with an axe, otherwise i couldnt figure out why this edit has the shining in the name. but that doesnt take awhile from the movie at all

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Where to even begin?

This edit feels almost grindhouse. This is a post-grindhouse horror comedy.

The edit is well worth your while. I love The Thing. It is one of my favourite films of all time. If you love The Thing, this edit doesn't ruin it. If you think the The Thing is too goofy, this edit plays all that up. So it works for everyone I think. The edit embraces the fact that it's an edit, using that to it's advantage in so many hilarious ways. Even reused footage is used in an almost 4th-wall-breaking way. The edit knows it is reusing footage and makes it funny.

The editor was able to blend in shots from other films like the Preditor, some Alien Xenos and Facehuggers. Even some Requiem for a Dream! The Jaws theme plays for first person shots. ET is running around in the snow too. Absolutely hysterical.

You pretty much always know who The Thing is and you laugh rather than cringe in horror. The editor clearly knows how to make a joke and does so continually throughout the edit in many elaborate and eloquent ways. I was laughing so much during this.

This fanedit flips all the mystery and turns The Thing into an intentionally goofy, Saturday afternoon schlockfest, in all the best ways.

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Hilarious. Extraordinary. Outstanding. A proper movie fan fanedit parody.. Got me giggling for two hours straight. Almost keeled mwe.
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If you ever seen mix tapes from the 80's and like em, you will love this. Made an awesome parody and had everyone laughing. The post credit scene just put the icing on the cake. This well done and hope to see more soon.

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Love this edit! Its a great parody edit of the Thing, with so many references I was pausing it constantly to explain them to my wife, who missed a ton. I am sure I missed a ton myself. The video and audio FX work done to incorporate so many jokes was superb, and all the Quaker Oat jokes took me back. (Will BlueYoda make a Cocoon edit? I would kill to watch that!) This "slapstick fun" edit did stick to "The Thing" storyline than I was expecting, and I do kind wish the deleted scenes were incorporated to go full gonzo, as there were a few points in pacing that needed a little jolt, but these are minor requests. The amount of work and crazy passion so clearly evident here are why i love blue Yoda fan mixes so much!!

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