The shapeshifting alien in John Carpenter's The Thing is easily one of the most terrifying monsters in cinematic history — we get goosebumps just thinking about the scene where the infected Norris' (Charles Hallahan) head tears itself apart from the body, sprouts spider-like legs, and skitters away — and it was created by creature designer Rob Bottin well before the advent of CGI technology. In fact, the "thing" in The Thing has become such an iconic creature that producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman made the decision to use as many practical effects as possible when depicting the creature in the upcoming The Thing prequel.
We only get to see a few glimpses of the creature in the trailer and TV spot that recently began airing, but some close-up shots of the creepy critter appeared in a recent article in Make-Up Artist Magazine (via director Matthijs van Heijningen's Facebook page). The article also contained a brief interview with Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., creators of the make-up effects that brought the new "thing" to life, as well as with Linda Dowds, make-up department head of the production. what did Gillis and Woodruff, Jr. say about creating the "thing" in The Thing? >> Posted 09.18.11 by BrentJS