John Carpenter's "The Thing" from 1951

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Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1982
Original Running Time:
109 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
99 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Arrow Parallel present, for the first time, John Carpenter's 'The Thing' from 1951. While some damage inevitably remains due to the nature of interdimensional travel, the content has been painstakingly restored and largely remains in excellent condition. Please enjoy this insight into an alternate history through what is, quite literally, "The Thing" from another world...
Intention:
This edit is presented as a real film from an alternate 1951 running parallel to our own, restored and made available by Arrow Parallel and PFI, organisations dedicated to traversing timelines and capturing film data for educational purposes. This is not a grindhouse edit; rather, it is intended to come across as a nice restoration of an old film. That being said, film damage has been added to specific moments for effect and some film damage from newly added footage is unavoidable; reasoning for this is provided in the Arrow Parallel disclaimer at the start of the film. The vintage trailers feature additional audio and visual damage which is not present in the full edit, since they are intended more as "world-building" and part of a window into another world. Extras and older trailers rarely get the same treatment as the feature film they come with, and so that is reflected here.

Initially, all I wanted to do was make a version of The Thing that would be suitable for some of my family to watch. This process eventually led to the removal of bad language and a conversion to black and white, in order to tone down some of the more gruesome elements. Inevitably, I ended up associating the edit with a 1950s aesthetic, and the project grew into a full-blown reverse homage to The Thing from Another World and 1950s sci-fi in general.

Even though this concept was embraced, I still wanted to be able to present a more pure version of the film to my family, and I also wanted to see how the film would function with a traditional non-electronic rescore. This is why the edit is presented with multiple audio options:


"1950s Dramatic rescore" (default) - A complete rescore of the entire film, bar one brief instance of the original music (which is mashed up with another piece of music). A handful of previously unscored scenes are now scored.

"1950s Restrained Rescore" - All electronic elements rescored, with the majority of original orchestral portions retained. Minimal scoring of originally unscored scenes.

"1950s Isolated score" - The complete dramatic 1950s rescore in isolation. This is not 100% identical in terms of my edits and the mix, but the general content remains the same.

"1980s Original score" - The source 5.1 surround mix lifted from Arrow's blu-ray. This still retains all the changes to dialogue/cursing.

"Faneditor's Commentary" - I watch back the edit and reflect, going into more detail on the intention, cutlist and editing process.


The project has been in the works a long time and I hope you enjoy the result. I plan to bring you more films from parallel universes in the future, and I'll try my best to keep it form taking this many years each time!
Additional Notes:
Please note: while gore has been trimmed for the concept, this is still an intense film with scenes of body horror. I do not recommend showing it to young children.
Other Sources:
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Universal & 'The Thing' title elements, prepared by TM2YC
Turner classic movies interview with John Carpenter
Various film grain and damage overlays
Various foley, sourced from freesound.org and others
Various pieces of music from 1950s science fiction films (complete list in edit credits with some specifics given in commentary)
"Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston
Special Thanks:
- Thank you both to Dwight Fry and TM2YC for previewing the workprint and providing detailed and invaluable feedback.
- An extra special thanks to TM2YC for the work they did for 'The Thing' title card, the vintage Universal Logo, and the flying saucer animation. Their advice on masking that one split diopter shot also opened up a whole new world of possibilities for what I could achieve with the framing of the edit.
- Thank you to my family for encouragement and for previewing the penultimate version of the film.
- Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback/suggestions, give encouragement, or simply show an interest in the project:

addiesin
asterixsmeagol
ClarkWayne
DawnRazor
DigModiFicaTion
Dwight Fry
freemanforgothispassword
hbenthow
iridium_ionizer
Jrzag42
Last Impressions
LastSurvivor
Malthus
MusicEd921
Plissken1138
QuickestEditInTheWest
Rogue-theX
TM2YC
Wraith

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone! If I have: thank you! (and apologies)
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
- An archival interview with John Carpenter, in which he relays his experience working with Howard Hawks on the film.​
- The original, dramatic 1950s score in lossless mono​
- Alternate 'restrained' 1950s score in lossless mono​
- Isolated 'dramatic' 1950s score​
- Ennio Morricone's 1982 score from our timeline, re-edited to fit the 1951 cut, including the absence of language.​
- Commentary track by The Scribbling Man​
- Viewing guidelines for extra-dimensional content​
- Trailers​
- English Subtitles (dramatic rescore)​
Cuts and Additions:
Tons of modifications throughout. A broad summary of the main changes:

- Black and white
- Complete shot-by-shot reframing to 4:3 aspect ratio (involving masking and recut scenes)
- Mono audio and various processing of individual elements to sound period-appropriate
- All coarse language removed
- Gore significantly toned down
- Completely rescored with music from 1950s science fiction films
- Addition/replacement of sound FX
- Incorporation of unused stop motion elements
- New opening and ending titles, modelled on the original Thing from Another World (credit to TM2YC for vintage Universal logo)
- Various subtle changes throughout, including a visual easter egg for The Thing from Another World
Teaser Trailer


Comparison Teaser


Extended Alt. Vintage Trailer


Extended Alt. Vintage Trailer (Comparison)


Preview Clip ("Dogs-in-Progress")


Preview Clip ("I Cut Him Loose")


50s/80s Comparison Demo

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1982
Original Running Time:
109 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
99 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Arrow Parallel present, for the first time, John Carpenter's 'The Thing' from 1951. While some damage inevitably remains due to the nature of interdimensional travel, the content has been painstakingly restored and largely remains in excellent condition. Please enjoy this insight into an alternate history through what is, quite literally, "The Thing" from another world...
Intention:
This edit is presented as a real film from an alternate 1951 running parallel to our own, restored and made available by Arrow Parallel and PFI, organisations dedicated to traversing timelines and capturing film data for educational purposes. This is not a grindhouse edit; rather, it is intended to come across as a nice restoration of an old film. That being said, film damage has been added to specific moments for effect and some film damage from newly added footage is unavoidable; reasoning for this is provided in the Arrow Parallel disclaimer at the start of the film. The vintage trailers feature additional audio and visual damage which is not present in the full edit, since they are intended more as "world-building" and part of a window into another world. Extras and older trailers rarely get the same treatment as the feature film they come with, and so that is reflected here.

Initially, all I wanted to do was make a version of The Thing that would be suitable for some of my family to watch. This process eventually led to the removal of bad language and a conversion to black and white, in order to tone down some of the more gruesome elements. Inevitably, I ended up associating the edit with a 1950s aesthetic, and the project grew into a full-blown reverse homage to The Thing from Another World and 1950s sci-fi in general.

Even though this concept was embraced, I still wanted to be able to present a more pure version of the film to my family, and I also wanted to see how the film would function with a traditional non-electronic rescore. This is why the edit is presented with multiple audio options:


"1950s Dramatic rescore" (default) - A complete rescore of the entire film, bar one brief instance of the original music (which is mashed up with another piece of music). A handful of previously unscored scenes are now scored.

"1950s Restrained Rescore" - All electronic elements rescored, with the majority of original orchestral portions retained. Minimal scoring of originally unscored scenes.

"1950s Isolated score" - The complete dramatic 1950s rescore in isolation. This is not 100% identical in terms of my edits and the mix, but the general content remains the same.

"1980s Original score" - The source 5.1 surround mix lifted from Arrow's blu-ray. This still retains all the changes to dialogue/cursing.

"Faneditor's Commentary" - I watch back the edit and reflect, going into more detail on the intention, cutlist and editing process.


The project has been in the works a long time and I hope you enjoy the result. I plan to bring you more films from parallel universes in the future, and I'll try my best to keep it form taking this many years each time!
Additional Notes:
Please note: while gore has been trimmed for the concept, this is still an intense film with scenes of body horror. I do not recommend showing it to young children.
Other Sources:
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Universal & 'The Thing' title elements, prepared by TM2YC
Turner classic movies interview with John Carpenter
Various film grain and damage overlays
Various foley, sourced from freesound.org and others
Various pieces of music from 1950s science fiction films (complete list in edit credits with some specifics given in commentary)
"Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston
Special Thanks:
- Thank you both to Dwight Fry and TM2YC for previewing the workprint and providing detailed and invaluable feedback.
- An extra special thanks to TM2YC for the work they did for 'The Thing' title card, the vintage Universal Logo, and the flying saucer animation. Their advice on masking that one split diopter shot also opened up a whole new world of possibilities for what I could achieve with the framing of the edit.
- Thank you to my family for encouragement and for previewing the penultimate version of the film.
- Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback/suggestions, give encouragement, or simply show an interest in the project:

addiesin
asterixsmeagol
ClarkWayne
DawnRazor
DigModiFicaTion
Dwight Fry
freemanforgothispassword
hbenthow
iridium_ionizer
Jrzag42
Last Impressions
LastSurvivor
Malthus
MusicEd921
Plissken1138
QuickestEditInTheWest
Rogue-theX
TM2YC
Wraith

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone! If I have: thank you! (and apologies)
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
- An archival interview with John Carpenter, in which he relays his experience working with Howard Hawks on the film.​
- The original, dramatic 1950s score in lossless mono​
- Alternate 'restrained' 1950s score in lossless mono​
- Isolated 'dramatic' 1950s score​
- Ennio Morricone's 1982 score from our timeline, re-edited to fit the 1951 cut, including the absence of language.​
- Commentary track by The Scribbling Man​
- Viewing guidelines for extra-dimensional content​
- Trailers​
- English Subtitles (dramatic rescore)​
Cuts and Additions:
Tons of modifications throughout. A broad summary of the main changes:

- Black and white
- Complete shot-by-shot reframing to 4:3 aspect ratio (involving masking and recut scenes)
- Mono audio and various processing of individual elements to sound period-appropriate
- All coarse language removed
- Gore significantly toned down
- Completely rescored with music from 1950s science fiction films
- Addition/replacement of sound FX
- Incorporation of unused stop motion elements
- New opening and ending titles, modelled on the original Thing from Another World (credit to TM2YC for vintage Universal logo)
- Various subtle changes throughout, including a visual easter egg for The Thing from Another World
Teaser Trailer


Comparison Teaser


Extended Alt. Vintage Trailer


Extended Alt. Vintage Trailer (Comparison)


Preview Clip ("Dogs-in-Progress")


Preview Clip ("I Cut Him Loose")


50s/80s Comparison Demo

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Overall rating
 
8.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
A/V Quality:
Sans the stop motion deleted scene of the Thing, the video quality was great and matched what I'd expect from a 7gb file.

Visual Editing:
The visual editing is superb in this edit. The amount of pan and scan framing that was done is mindboggling and probably took a ton of time. The removal of overly graphic scenes was also done very well. The opening and closing credits were also great additions and fit very well. If it wasn't for that Arcade machine and a few props and wardrobes, this movie could have sat in the time period the edit focused on. The only significant issue I found was the video of the stop motion scene near the end. The image was significantly blurrier and had some added vfx that didn't match the rest of the movie. I wonder if some unintended processing occurred as I don't remember the previews looking like that. If I'm being really nitpicky, the last opening credit "Directed by John Carpenter" seems to have a hard line at the bottom where a title or image was overlayed. Everything else looked really good.

Audio Editing:
This is where this edit shines brightest. I watched with the Dramatic mono audio track. The audio edits are top notch and sell the whole presentation. The foley work itself is impressive, the score replacement is near seamless and the soundtrack choices are spot on for a 50's sci-fi movie. This is a gold standard for how to recreate a movie through sound design. The reworking of dialogue to tone it down to the 50's is impressive as are the sfx heard throughout. There are a few quibbles here and there where the audio cuts seem a bit abrupt, but they honestly fit the style of a 50's movie. Super impressive work here.

Narrative:
I appreciate the toning down of the gore of this film. It's an intriguing story, but I always find myself fast forwarding through the gore. The cuts here along with the new sound design and black and white presentation really tone the intensity of the movie down. It's still super intense though so don't worry about not getting your horror fix.

Enjoyment:
This is everything it set out to be and really sets the bar for what an editor can accomplish. The edit itself is fantastically created and the Arrow Parallel intro made me believe that there really was such a company (only outed by listening to the audio commentary). Knowing that there are multiple audio tracks (Dramatic mono, Restrained mono, Isolated Score mono, 1981 5.1, and audio commentary) makes this an edit I'll return to simply to hear The Scribbling Man describe their process and to A/B the mono and 5.1 track to see how TSM created this incredible illusion. This edit is right up there with the best of the fanmixes I've seen and will stand as a fantastic opportunity for editors to learn from due to the awesome audio commentary track. Bravo TSM! This Thing is a gem for sure!
Owner's reply March 06, 2023

Thank you for the kind words, DigMod :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

As for the stop motion towards the end, there is no additional processing/added damage. The footage is simply in terrible shape, to the point where some shots were just straight up unusable. I upscaled it and did some very limited repair with virtual dub, but ultimately it was beyond my skillset to do anything notable with it. The opening disclaimer mentions there is "damage due to the nature of interdimensional travel", which is meant to excuse it somewhat with the concept, but it was a controversial move to put it in and I appreciate that it was possibly jarring in light of how the rest of the edit is presented.

If you remember specifics for where you found the audio to be abrupt and are able to give any timecodes, I'll take a look.

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It's obviously an intimidating undertaking to recut one of the best looking, most iconic horror movies of all time, specifically with a mind send it back in time and cut a lot of the visuals, but this was so sick and so true to the aesthetic. The masking for the 4:3 aspect ratio is great, the music is awesome, and my gawd the stop motion!

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All I can say is man this was/is a good one. At times I thought I was watching a 75 year old movie, but then I had to remind myself that it is only a 45 year old movie. I remember when this originally came out, it scared the crap outta me. And I love horror movies. I am also a Kurt Russell fan. But the one thing I have always hated about him is that he has great hair. Well call me jealous but that's a crutch I must bear. Anyway, I love the "oldness" of this title. It feels like it was originally done in the 50's. It has that vibe. I think the black and white along with the 4 x 3 works really well. And even though I know the movie pretty good, this version gave me some good jump scares. Well hell I might just have to watch this a couple more times. And on my popcorn scale I will give this a 7 out of 5. For me that's how good this edit is.

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I'm calling this 'The Sunday Afternoon Thing' in honour of Scribbler's angle on good old classics likely shown in the family friendly hours. This one can't quite fit that bill as no doubt the freakyness will encourage nightmares in childeren of an impressionable age. Still pretty close and definitely elderly folks will appreciate; if only for the vibe. Its in 4:3 and should be watched on a proper BoxTV with aerial and dials if at all possible. If we are getting more transmissions from the dawn of television I can see these coming back into fasion.

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After reading all the marvellous reviews on here I don't have anything else to add, except that I really did enjoy watching it and I recommend this as one of those few fan edits that have truly stood out as being something rather special on here. I don't believe there are many fan edits of John Carpenter's "The Thing" around, so it was a fresh brave new attempt at something different and of course, it works!

It obviously looks brilliant in B&W with the snowy backdrop and the music fits into the scenes seamlessly somehow, both the visual and audio tones are just right. They fit with the cinematography and the editing cuts have been made at the right places to make the film feel better paced. It's honestly better as a shorter film.

Overall the editor has a keen creative eye and has done a superb job and whenever I decide to watch "The Thing" again, I'm pretty sure I will come back to this version over the original. I truly think it's an improvement on the original edit. Fantastic!

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Inventive rework of Carpenter’s masterpiece and the Arrow Parallel idea including its attached lore is entertaining.

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