The Thing 1982 Bogus Goofs
Now don't get me wrong, IMDB is a great resource for movie info online. But keep in mind, just like Lord Wiki, some sections are visitor submitted . . . which requires no cinematic expertise or authority to submit info such as Goofs seen in a given movie. It amazes me the goofs IMDB members have fabricated for John Carpenter's The Thing 1982.
So let's break down the inventory of discrepencies listed in IMDB and explore the alleged goofs they claim. And to add commentary flavor, I allowed the characters of John Carpenter's The Thing to give first response to these bogus goof accusations. After all, it is the actors of these characters being put on trial for . . . . .
"Allright, cut the bullshit!!!" . . . MacReady
Point taken. Let's begin!
IMDB GOOF: The front part of the rifle used by the Norwegian at the beginning is different than the rifle shown when he is seen from the front.
"You gotta be fuckin' kidding!" . . . Palmer
Bogus. The "front part of the rifle" is identical in both scenes. In the left image, this is when the Norwegian first extends the rifle outside the helicopter. The right image, or view from the front, the gun barrel is right up and close to the camera lens, giving the illusion it may look bigger. I can only guess that's what the goof submitter must be going on about. Perhaps that member doesn't understand the concept of depth perception.
IMDB GOOF: When the helicopter is chasing the dog, you can see two shadows that are not from the dog.
"This is a crock of shit." . . . Childs
There is only one scene where you can see two shadows that are not from the dog. It's the scene where the helicopter flies into view, seeing it's tail. The shadow is from the helicopter. Now the goof submitter is correct that it appears to be two shadows. But that's because of the low angle view, the pock mark snow drifts break up the helicopter's main shadow giving it the illusion there's more than one shadow.
An alternative explanation, the right pontoon is casting it's own shadow, the braces are too small to detect a shadow from them, giving the illusion the right pontoon is not "attached."
IMDB GOOF: When Mac Ready plays Chess Wizard, he spill his drink into the circuit board and we see one big ice cube. The problem is he had taken only 3 small ice cubes for his drink and also, they are almost fully thawed right before he spills the drink.
"Now I'll show you what I already know." . . . MacReady
This is just dumb. Almost thawed? You can clearly hear the clanking of the ice against the glass as he's moving it. Never heard of almost thawed ice still able to clank your glass. The left image, you can even see one of the cubes extending above the surface of the drink like a small iceberg. How that classifies as almost thawed is beyond me.
Secondly, the game moves made and MacReady losing to the PC, spans just a few seconds. I guess the goof submitter must think ice melts in a matter of seconds.
And lastly, it was not "one big cube", it was multiple cubes fused together (right image). Perhaps the only legitimate beef the goof submitter has - it's questionable the actual number of cubes.
IMDB GOOF: When the helicopter explodes there are almost no parts near it. Later while it is getting extinguished, there are many small parts burned near it.
"I just cannot believe any of this voodoo bullshit." . . . Childs
What? You can see several parts being blown every which way from the explosion.
IMDB GOOF: In the scene where the men are gathered around the dead Norwegian, Fuchs is seen standing among the group and Palmer is also there offering Copper a ride. In the very next scene, Copper is walking towards the helicopter wreck telling Mac to get his things on and Fuchs and Palmer are already standing by the wreck dressed in their snow parkas.
How much more of this crap is there? . . . Bennings
Wouldn't that fall under the script description of "CUT TO / SOMETIME LATER:"? Are today's viewers no longer able to distinguish instantaneous switch-to another scene and a different setting as a time lapse in the film story's time line?
IMDB GOOF: Right after MacReady and Copper bring the burned body from the Norweigian base. When they uncover the body on the table you see Blair and Norris standing directly in front of a series of cabinets on the wall. In the next shot, you can see there is an entire room behind them.
"This is pure nonsense. It doesn't prove a thing." . . . Garry
This one makes no sense at all. Of course the next shot you can see an entire room because it was a completely different camera angle. And it's not exactly "right behind them". You can still see glimpses of the cabinets further to the left.
IMDB GOOF: As Dr. Copper puts the defibrillator onto Norris' "chest mouth", in the next shot when the mouth bites Copper's arms, the defibrillator cord disappears.
"My God, what the hell happen here?" . . . Copper
Well duh. Did the goof submitter think those huge lethal canines can cut through human flesh and bone but can't cut a small electrical cord? The earlier frames clearly show the cords are directly behind Copper's arms. No way the goof submitter can prove the cut cords are not retracting back behind the Doc's arms.