In the era of CGI, it's worth remembering that not all special effects are created with computers, green screens, and tracking suits. Our eyes quickly adapt to ever-changing technology, and it can be easy to pick out "older" CGI from its contemporary counterparts. The same cannot be said of the practical effects of John Carpenter's The Thing, which are still celebrated by horror enthusiasts to this day.
One of the film's most memorable scenes is the defibrillator scene, affectionately known as the "chest-chomp" by fans. The scene was an arduous process to create, with each of the creatures - including the one that chomps off Dr. Copper's arms - painstakingly made by hand and operated using radio controls, puppetry, and even hydraulic rigs.
The Thing's chest-chomp still makes audiences squeamish, despite the fact it uses over 40-year-old special effects techniques.
The Idea For The Scene Came From Special Effects Creator Rob Bottin - And It Was Initially A Joke
The Effects Team Spent 10 Days Creating A Prosthetic Norris
The Scene Took 10 Hours To Set Up And An Entire Day To Film
John Carpenter Thought The First Take Looked Like 'A Las Vegas Fountain'