John W. Campbell Jr’s 1938 novella Who Goes There? (originally published under the pseudonym, Don. A. Stuart) was the basis for the 1951 RKO Picture, The Thing From Another World. The plot sees US Air Force men and scientists defending themselves from an alien at a remote arctic outpost.
Credited to editor-turned-director Christian Nyby, the science fiction film is often attributed to its producer, Howard Hawks. The film has all the hallmarks of Hawks’ work as director – though men, tougher women and witty and overlapping dialogue.
Whatever the case, The Thing From Another World is one of the best sci-fi films of the 1950s. Expertly shot, brilliantly acted and well-written. The film is infused with the paranoia of its day, but it also has humour and romance.
That film was used as the starting point for John Carpenter’s 1981 classic, The Thing and the director has been so enamoured with the film that it appears fleetingly on a television in 1978’s Halloween and he even did a commentary for the film on a DVD release.
This image shows The Thing actor, Will Arness in costume along with makeup expert Lee Greenway and Billy Curtis as he takes me time out from filming The Thing From Another World‘s climax.
Source: American Cinematographer