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Who Goes There by John W. Campbell

Read the novella online.


Who Goes There:
The Elusive Faithful Adaption


Perhaps a story like 'Who Goes There' works best only in print and simply cannot migrate well on film regarding a truly faithful adaption. Nevertheless, there are intriguing plot concepts of the novella all three films had the opportunity to employ and chose not to. SFMZ analyzes the three films in comparison to the novella.


The Thing 1982 Bogus Goofs

SFMZ and the characters of The Thing take a poke at the available online goofs inaccurately attached to Carpenter's horror sci-fi classic.


SFMZ's The Similarities Between
Alien and The Thing


This feature is in our More Sci-Fi section since it involves two films from separate franchises. Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) and John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) just beg to be compared and SFMZ offers up a checklist on their shared concepts.





Resources: Wikipedia.org, imdb.com






In 1938, John W. Campbell wrote the horror sci-fi novella "Who Goes There," published in the August issue of Astounding Science Fiction. Campbell wrote the novella under the pen name Don A. Stuart. The novella was voted one of the greatest sci-fi stories ever written by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Three films have been based on the novella and all three portray their own versions of the story.


The Thing From Another World 1951

Considered one of the greatest horror sci-fi films of the 1950's, the film was loosely adapted by Charles Lederer, with uncredited rewrites from Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht. The film took full advantage of the national feelings of the time to help enhance the horror elements of the story. SFMZ highlights Hawks' classic with an extensive plot description along with a screenshot pictorial.


John Carpenter's The Thing 1982

Though it received mixed reviews and poor box office performance due to heavy competition upon it's release, John Carpenter's The Thing has elevated to cult classic via the home video avenue combined with re-appraisal reviews.




The Thing 2011

Considered a failure in just about all corners of the film community from critic reviews, to box office, to poor viewer ratings. Thing 2011 is a project of missed opportunities and chose instead to more or less unsuccessfully mimic many scenes of Carpenter's version.



John Carpenter's The Thing 1982
Enhanced Script Presentation


This presentation of The Thing 1982 script offers a robust display with highlighted dialog along with 600 screenshots in synch with the script.



The Thing 2011
Enhanced Script Presentation


To change 'things' up from our typical enhanced script presentations, this is actually the original The Thing 2009 script where the presentation is formatted to fit the screen writer's story rather than the final film presentation.



The Thing 1982 Plot & Screenshots

This feature is a one page condensed version of our enhanced script presentation. Also featured are character/cast highlights and more.



The Thing 1982 Commentaries

Was Palmer an alien when they were at the alien ship site? Would the Palmer-Thing be able to fly a helicopter? This and more topics on Carpenter's sci-fi horror classic, exploring various perspectives.



The Best of The Thing 1982 Practical Effects

In today's CG laden cinema world, practical effects are becoming an endangered species. Thanks to the stellar classics such as John Carpenter's The Thing, we can still enjoy this beloved cinema art form. Here's a pictorial highlighting the best of The Thing 1982 practical effects, enjoy!



The Thing 1982 Image Gallery

While our Thing 82 sections have various screenshots throughout, the image gallery highlights other visuals such as posters, behind the scenes, and more.



The Thing 2011 Image Gallery

This gallery contains images of ADI's practical effects for The Thing 2011





The Thing Main

The Thing 1951

The Thing 1982

The Thing 2011

The Elusive Faithful Adaption

Who Goes There



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