We all have movies we have to watch in October. It’s the horror-movie season where we dig up our most beloved horror films, and my annual watch every year is John Carpenter’s The Thing. It is a straight-up masterpiece, a sci-fi horror film that has aged remarkably well due to fantastic performances, a skin-crawling idea for a movie monster, and some of the best make-up effects of all time to back it all up.
For the horror fan faithful, here are some facts about The Thing you may not have known. (Also, I couldn’t keep these facts short, I love this movie more than most people I’ve met, so sorry in advance.)