Fathom Events bring John Charpentierit is The thing back in theaters last Sunday night, and although the first night of the two-night event was a disaster – to begin with, the film was shown on the big screen in an incorrect aspect ratio – Fathom Events is making it right correctly for the second wave of screenings, which will take place tonight, June 22.
But first, let’s back up a bit. Even though the presentation wasn’t great, how The thing playing in theaters last Sunday night? Well, the 1982 horror classic ended up hitting the box office charts all weekend at #9, Indiewire reports, scaring up around $500,000. This comes from the film playing in just 730 locations across the United States in a single night, with only one showing in each of those theaters. It’s damn impressive!
Although it might be considered a beloved horror classic today, Carpenter’s The thing was not quite a hit in 1982. Negative reviews at the time led to The thing earning $19.6 million on its first theatrical release in North America, with the production budget being $15 million. It was considered a flop at the time, which subsequently hurt Carpenter’s career.
Here we are 40 years later, and The thing still puts asses in the seats. The weather was kind to the film, rightly considered one of the best horror films of the 1980s.
If you missed it last Sunday night, you can catch Carpenter’s The thing back on the big screen nationwide tonight, June 22. Get your tickets now through Fathom Events.
With breathtaking practical effects from Rob Bottin, The thing starred Kurt Russell, Keith David and Wilford Brimley, setting off a monstrous nightmare at Outpost 31.
In the film based on the short story by John W. Campbell Jr, a research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien who takes on the appearance of its victims.
“In the winter of 1982 at a research station in Antarctica, a twelve-man research team discovered an extraterrestrial being that had fallen from the sky and remained buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon he is unfrozen and unleashed, creating havoc and terror as he changes shape and becomes one of them.
This special event will also feature the Terror takes shape documentary!