Making John Carpenter's 'The Thing' Was Almost As Dangerous As Its Body-Snatching

John Carpenter’s The Thing is the apex of both the sci-fi and horror genres. In just over an hour and a half, Carpenter crafts a tense, bleak story about the downfall of humanity that also manages to contain some of the most amazing creature designs ever set to film. Many consider The Thing one of the best movies of all time. However, good art rarely comes without a price, and the filming process of The Thing was almost as treacherous as the film's eponymous creature.

Behind the scenes of The Thing, Carpenter was an absolute workhorse. He essentially shot the film twice, pushed his actors (including Kurt Russell) to the edge, and went toe to toe with Universal Studios over the cost of his film. Meanwhile, the cast had to deal with the constant risk of blasts, a dog known to turn "spooky," and freezing conditions that almost ended them in more ways than one.