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[Random Cool] More Practical Effects That ‘The Thing’ Covered In CGI

Remember The Thing? The one from two years ago that shot with all practical effects only to have them painted over with CGI at the last minute? StudioADI has released another one of their awesome videos, this one’s called “The Thing Torso Puppet.”

While it doesn’t show a torso (at all), it does show a cool pair of robotic legs that were going to be used to represent half of someone whose torso is being eaten by The Thing. You just can’t recreate the physics on display here, the way these legs fight with gravity isn’t something easily approximated with CGI. Another look into the film that could have been.

Per StudioADI, “Built to show Henrick’s legs kicking as he’s being swallowed by the “Thing” under the shack, this cable-controlled puppet had a personality of it’s own. Would love to dress it up and shoot it somewhere in public. Coming soon to a railroad crossing near you!

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  • divisionbell

    It’s too bad. From these clips and interviews with the director, it seems like he really tried hard to go all practical and the studio just didn’t agree.

    • djblack1313

      divisionbell, i agree. i feel bad for the director who, by all accounts, really tried to make a really good, practical FX movie but got screwed over by the studio suits (yet the director gets all the blame). also, what a complete insult to these great practical FX guys and their studio. to do all that amazing work ONLY to have that hard work be covered up/changed.

  • Kroork

    That was awesome. That movie truly
    Could have been amazing if they didnt ruin it with so much cgi. Maybe use a little bit to fix some practical errors but keep the majority of it practical !!! It would be awesome one day for them to release a directors cut that is the way he intended it to be before the studio did what they do and ruin a perfectly awesome movie. Other then the horribly dated cgi, the thing remake was a pretty good movie.

    • djblack1313

      Kroork, i agree. i’d LOVE a director’s cut w/ the original practical fx intact. i really disliked the actual creature designs that were made for THIS movie. the creature designs used in THE THING 2011 (the 2 face/melted face creature and the torso, etc) they had from Carpenter’s film looked great but that’s it.

      shame because the entire cast was very good and the movie had some good tension and atmosphere.

  • HorrorFancy

    I say this without any backing, but I think the Studios would have made a lot more money on this film if they had gone practical effects.

    Agreed on a director’s cut with the practical effects.

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