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Dead or Alive: Escaping from The Thing
by Staff
Who are we kidding? There's no escaping from The Thing. Your only hope is to confront this strange creature face to face and save yourself and humanity. But do you know enough to stop it? Find out in this quiz.

The original movie, 1951's "The Thing from Another World," was based on a short story called "Who Goes There?" Who wrote it?

  • Don A. Stuart
  • John W. Campbell Jr.
  • All of the above

Where was the 1951 version of "The Thing" filmed?

  • the North Pole
  • Antarctica
  • Glacier National Park

"The Thing from Another World" featured which amazing stunt?

  • a man on fire
  • a plant / human combat scene
  • the biggest explosion in Hollywood history (to that point)

How did the production crew of the 1951 film start the stunt man on fire?

  • they wadded newspaper under his feet
  • they used a flamethrower
  • they soaked him in kerosene

Why did the director refuse to include close-up shots of the monster in "The Thing from Another World"?

  • He thought the costume was too cheesy.
  • He thought it would be scarier if you couldn't see much of the monster.
  • He thought the plant-monster idea was stupid.

How long did it take the makeup artist to come up with a look for the original film's monster?

  • five weeks
  • five months
  • one year

It may have featured a slightly cheesy monster, but "The Thing from Another World" did garner which honor?

  • three Emmy awards
  • entry into the National Film Registry
  • a Grammy

What unusual approach did "The Thing from Another World" take for credits?

  • There were no acting credits before the movie.
  • They used a scary font.
  • They were in color.

The 1982 version of "The Thing" is renowned for what?

  • its basis in reality
  • its groundbreaking effects and makeup
  • its realistic blood

British Antarctic researchers have which tradition related to "The Thing"?

  • They all watch it together every year.
  • They mock it relentlessly.
  • They build a plant-monster snowman.

What was one of the selling points of the 1982 version of "The Thing"?

  • It was in color.
  • It remained truer to the original story.
  • It was less gory than the first film.

The original "Thing" movie was released in what year?

  • 1947
  • 1949
  • 1951

The dramatic and paranoid mood of "The Thing from Another World" matched American society's fears of what menace?

  • nuclear annihilation
  • communist invasion
  • radioactive, fanged trees

Who was the biggest star to emerge from "The Thing from Another World"?

  • Bruce Willis
  • James Arness
  • John Carpenter

The 1982 adaptation of "The Thing" featured which huge Hollywood star?

  • Bruce Willis
  • Kurt Russell
  • Pee-wee Herman

The 2011 version of "The Thing" stars who?

  • Bruce Willis
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Brad Pitt

From a biological standpoint, why is it unlikely that a plant-based creature could intertwine with human cells?

  • Plants and humans are simply too different.
  • They already do but we just don't know it.
  • People are allergic to chlorophyll.

James Arness wasn't fond of his monster costume. He complained that it made him look like what?

  • a giant carrot
  • a huge turnip
  • a delicious grilled asparagus

In addition to Kurt Russell, 1982's "The Thing" featured which other well-known person?

  • Wilford Brimley
  • David Hasselhoff
  • Bruce Willis

The 1982 take on "The Thing" was filmed partially where?

  • on refrigerated soundstages
  • in the South Pole
  • in the North Pole