Did You Notice This Secret Way To Spot Who Wasn’t Human In John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’?

Entertainment Editor
09.07.16
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John Carpenter’s The Thing is re-releasing as a two-disc, special edition 2K Blu-ray on October 11, along with new commentary from cinematographer Dean Cundey. The commentary was moderated by Rob Galluzzo of Blumhouse, who revealed part of the commentary about a hidden detail in the movie which makes us want to watch it all over again looking for it. Specifically, the secret to telling who is or isn’t The Thing is hidden in their eyes:

“So we were looking for some kind of a subtle way, to say which one of these (men) might be human. You’ll notice there’s always an eye light, we call it, a little gleam in the eye of the actor. It gives life.”

Cundey was speaking of the blood test scene, in which every actor has that subtle reflection of light in their eyes, except for Palmer (David Clennon) who is no longer human. Although it makes us wonder if the same hint was given during the ambiguous ending, in which R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Childs (Keith David) are trying to figure out if the other man is The Thing, and they’ll just have to see what happens:

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