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#101 Posted by TruthTellah (9475 posts) -

But... but... maybe there's really -bad- whiskey in the bottle at the end! Boom!

#102 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

I... never picked up on that, sadly.

#103 Posted by Beanpants (64 posts) -

Clearly John Carpenter has been replaced by the Thing! See Ghosts of Mars for proof.

(I was wrong.)

#104 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1791 posts) -

Yeah, the thing can perfectly imitate its host. It can tell the difference.

#105 Posted by AckbarTheGreat (419 posts) -

Is anyone else blown away that John Carpenter went to Giant Bomb? That has to be some sort of milestone!

#106 Posted by Velutha (52 posts) -
@AckbarTheGreat Ya that's super cool! ThatEscalatedQuickly.mp3
#107 Posted by Vexxan (4614 posts) -

Quickly, we must inform everyone!

#108 Posted by LiquidSwords (2738 posts) -

Call me crazy, but I remember as a kid watching a TV versions and the ending had a narrator saying that people arrived and not finding any survivors. Dark Horse comics did a great series of The Thing which takes place right after the movie.

In the comic, Childs turns into a thing.
#109 Edited by ThePhantomnaut (6201 posts) -

One of the most distinctive pieces regarding if Childs was infected was because of his coat for most of the film and at the final scene.

I don't think the bottle was filled with gas or anything like it. It's whiskey like when MacReady was playing Chess against the computer. Both the introduction scene and the finale mirror each other. Chess is a very dynamic game with surprises much like how Mac was struggling to discover which fellow crewmen (pawns) were assimilated (taken out). It ends in a full circle with Mac doing exactly the same thing towards a different enemy.

#110 Posted by TheIronYuppie (120 posts) -

Despite Carpenter disproving the theory, this thread has completely absolved the internet of any wrongdoings up to this point!

#111 Posted by ninjakiller (3405 posts) -

Bah, I prefer the gasoline/whiskey bottle ending theory no matter what Carpenter says. If I was him I would have went with it and looked like a super genius of film. Seriously..wtf happened to that guy?

#112 Posted by Frumpa (100 posts) -

Also, Childs rocks up with a flame-thrower and Macreadys already looking on his last legs. If Childs is the Thing he has all the cards at that stage.

#113 Posted by Woodroez (346 posts) -

@Frumpa said:

Also, Childs rocks up with a flame-thrower and Macreadys already looking on his last legs. If Childs is the Thing he has all the cards at that stage.

Yeah, that's always been the deal as I saw it. There's no reason for Childs to even hesitate to finish off Mac. Mac even says it.

Man, that was a rockin' theory though. Re-watching the clip, I can definitely see where the theorist was coming from.

#114 Posted by Sarnecki (693 posts) -

I hate to dump on the parade as it's a REALLY mind blowing cool take on the ending... But The Thing would know whiskey from petrol. It has all of Kieth Davids experiences and memories, as well as all of the other mens in its genes. It could FLAWLESSLY imitate human speech, behavior patterns not just of humanity but specific to the person. There's no way in hell it would make that huge glaring mistake. I saw a very convincing youtube video arguing for David as the Thing, and I'll post it if I can find it. I'm sure it's made an appearance already. Any way one key thing that I know you guys brought up is that David is in a completely different coat for that last scene.

#115 Posted by Sarnecki (693 posts) -

http://theoriginalfan.blogspot.com/

Here's an AMAZING The Thing blog for any body that's interested. Well worth a gander.

#116 Posted by Village_Guy (2664 posts) -

I never watched the Thing, the Norwegians at the start of the movie kinda ruins it for me since they say that it is the dog... Or something like that, I can't remember honestly.

#117 Edited by Velutha (52 posts) -

Well at least this led me to see who JC follows on Twitter so I now know this:

#118 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6201 posts) -
@Frumpa said:

Also, Childs rocks up with a flame-thrower and Macreadys already looking on his last legs. If Childs is the Thing he has all the cards at that stage.

Interestingly enough, the screenplay by Bill Lancaster suggested that Mac also had a weapon with him. If I can recall, Mac had a flamethrower too hidden in what can keep him warm.
Nonetheless, Mac seemed to be at his end similar to that of the chess game with the computer.
#119 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

Fuck. This makes the movie awesome-er.

#120 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2494 posts) -

@patrickklepek said:

Holy shiiiiiiiiit.

My sentiments exactly!

#121 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

Gentleman, you have arrived.

#122 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

That solves that.

#123 Posted by Red12b (9085 posts) -

FUUUCK!

#124 Posted by bmeason (45 posts) -

what nice thread to find just relaxing after a twelve hour shift.

if anything. childs is most definately "the winner" of the situation.

#125 Posted by TooWalrus (13257 posts) -
@Video_Game_King

Wait, so the key to getting a shout-out from the staff is to blow their mind about the plot of a well-loved piece of media? Well, let me tell you a few things about Ocarina of Time...

I'm way more interested in this- want a shout-out from me?
#126 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@TooWalrus:

You do realize that you're, like, the twelfth person to ask me about this, right?......I'll get started on the banner.

#127 Posted by TooWalrus (13257 posts) -
@TooWalrus
@Video_Game_King

Wait, so the key to getting a shout-out from the staff is to blow their mind about the plot of a well-loved piece of media? Well, let me tell you a few things about Ocarina of Time...

I'm way more interested in this- want a shout-out from me?
Or are you just gonna tell me that if you get a butterfly to land on a deku stick it turns onto a fairy? 'Cause I already know that.
#128 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@TooWalrus:

No, it's got a lot more to do with Link's motivation to get the Master Sword, or the utter lack thereof.

#129 Posted by TooWalrus (13257 posts) -
@Video_Game_King

@TooWalrus:

You do realize that you're, like, the twelfth person to ask me about this, right?......I'll get started on the banner.

Nope, I didn't read most of the comments. I'm on my phone, taking turns with my cousin killing monsters in Shadow of the Colossus. This is a hell of a game, man.
#130 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@TooWalrus:

Probably. (I've never played Shadow of the Colossus. Or ICO. Or...ICO, again, because I don't think they made a third game for me to use as an example.)

#131 Posted by TooWalrus (13257 posts) -
@Video_Game_King neither have I, 'till now. Seems pretty good, it's all green and... Aztec-y
#132 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@patrickklepek: That is cold water on fire if I've ever seen it. Damn!

#133 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

The truth is out there.

#134 Posted by Pibo47 (3166 posts) -

@JJRage said:

This just changed my life forever.

Im not sure if i can sleep tonight.

#135 Posted by Beanpants (64 posts) -

I think Carpenter's memory is suspect based on the most recent photo taken of him:

GAME ON.

#136 Posted by Castiel (2742 posts) -

What? I didn't want to know that! I liked the way I saw the ending before: bleak and ambigious.

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#137 Posted by Sarnecki (693 posts) -

@Castiel: It's Whiskey according to the director. Good enough for me Cas.

#138 Posted by KevinK (198 posts) -

I love Vinny, but he is all wet about The Thing. That movie is a classic. Scary, suspenseful, well written, well acted, well paced. Yeah, it has some early 80s practical effects business but everything else was amazing about it. Besides, even though some of the monsters are janky as hell, the stuff they do is creepy. The chest opening up, scary! The tentacles coming out of the dog, scary! The head scurrying away still gives me chills and the blood testing scene is a classic. Carpenter's magnum opus in my opinion, though I understand why some might say it's Halloween and Escape from NY also has a place in my heart.
 
I haven't watched the 2011 The Thing yet but I have not heard good things about it, so am not really interested.

#139 Posted by probablytuna (3824 posts) -

That is one awesome theory, but personally I still feel the ambiguous nature of the ending to be the greatest and leaves the answer for the viewer to decide, like Inception.

#140 Posted by Sarnecki (693 posts) -

@KevinK: Watch the prequel. It's okay to good, and if you can't get enough Thing content it could be a lot worse.

#141 Edited by D0tti (786 posts) -

So I just finished watching it, this thread gave my reason enough to rewatch it(at least I thought i've seen it before, but after watching it now, I realized i've always caught it near the end). So as far I saw at the end, the bottle they were drinking from was a bottle of scotch that Macready was drinking all through the film. How do I know it was that bottle, well if you look very closely as Childs takes a sip off the bottle you can see the label. Also Macready never used those bottles as molotovs, he was using dynamite, so don't know were that dude with the theory got molotovs from. 
 
That's just my two cents.

#142 Posted by Mattharrier (1 posts) -

I watched The Thing for the first time about a week ago (I'm 34. I've already handed in my Nerd Card), and nothing like this occurred to me at all. I feel embarrassed that I don't come up with this kind of goddamned amazing idea, and proud-by-association that I am a geek (on probation - I'm earning that card back) like the people that do.

#143 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1606 posts) -

I’ve never seen The Thing — I don’t even know what it’s about — but I knew about this. I could have sworn I heard about it on the Bombcast, but it must have been somewhere else.

#146 Posted by cooljammer00 (2047 posts) -

I mean, the Thing game was written by Carpenter and so it should be canon, and that throws this entire theory out anyway, so...yeah

#147 Posted by Slaps2 (287 posts) -

Fuckin Keith David id in The Thing!? Why haven't I seen this movie?

#148 Edited by AlisterCat (5726 posts) -

I just bought this print, so this thread is highly relevant for me at the moment. I'd love to know if it's meant to be ambiguous if one of them is the thing, since he is so straight forward in saying it's whiskey...

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