Originally Posted by Mickiana
Saw an interesting Youtube clip Analysis of The Thing which dissected the plot and demonstrated the importance of certain themes that supported the plot. One point the fellow made was to argue that Childs was most likely taken over by the thing by the end when he appears with MacCready. This would leave it wonderfully open ended and ripe for a sequel, not that anyone might bother with that now, especially after two attempts that were flops. Carpenter's version stands well on its own without the need for prequels or sequels, but I don't mind if people end up making them.
Two attempts? What was the other one?
As for Childs, I automatically suspected him as the infected party, purely because Macready seemed to be the likely hero. Nevertheless, Carpenter's ending was wonderfully sombre and open-ended, because you never really knew for sure what would happen next.
It was only after reading the plot summary of the 1938 novella, Who Goes There?
, that I realized how close Carpenter's film was to the original story.
The novella was first published in the Astounding Science-Fiction
magazine, and from what I recall of those stories they often had twists in their tales. Who Goes There?
didn't, but Carpenter added one.
I don't know how old I was when I first saw Carpenter's film, but a school friend's older brother had rented it from the video shop. I think they had a Betamax VCR.
The film left quite an impact, which is why I don't hope for a sequel.
There's a text interview with the director of the prequel here:
And if anyone wants to read the 1938 story by John W. Campbell, I found the text here: