Thing: The Musical aka Escape from the Shining Alien Thing from Beyond the Stars, The

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Original Release Date:
1982
Original Running Time:
109 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
119 minutes
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Synopsis:
This fanedit is my love letter to John Carpenter's classic horror film "The Thing" but also to that beautiful decade that was the 80s. There are many, many movie and pop culture references throughout; there's a new soundtrack, alternate dialog, new visual effects (some so subtle only the most hardcore The Thing fans will notice) and more Easter eggs than Palmer's got dutchies. Basically, I threw everything but the kitchen sink at this Thing.
Intention:
Like many of my mashups, this came from a single idea. It occurred to me that Norris' chest opening up kind of looked like the Sarlac pit in Return of the Jedi and when I added that iconic Jedi music to that defibrillator scene it was wildly inappropriate and I loved it and then it gave me another idea. What if the spaceship from the beginning of the movie crashed because there was a xenomorph on board? Then another; what if The Thing was a sequel to all of the actors' previous movies? Like what if MacReady was the used car salesman from "Used Cars"? And did you know that MacReady's boss in that movie is called "Fuchs"?

And that's how you end up spending a year on a remix project. I absolutely loved working on this. It was a blast.
Other Sources:
There are way too many sources in this to list all here and besides, it would spoil the experience. But to give you an idea of the vibe of this remix, there's footage, references or homages to The Thing from Another World (1951), Alien (1979), Predator (1987), Wargames (1983), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Airwolf (1984), Transformers (1985) and many others.

The new soundtrack includes music by David Bowie, Duran Duran, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Blondie, Queen, John Williams, James Horner, Alan Silvestri and more.
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to Dwight Fry for previewing this and for the feedback and support.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
Deleted scenes and alternate takes (19 minutes)
Trailers
English subtitles.
Editing Details:
I use the "remix" button on Sony Vegas. It's easy!
The Thing Super Special Edition Trailer

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1982
Original Running Time:
109 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
119 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
image
image
Synopsis:
This fanedit is my love letter to John Carpenter's classic horror film "The Thing" but also to that beautiful decade that was the 80s. There are many, many movie and pop culture references throughout; there's a new soundtrack, alternate dialog, new visual effects (some so subtle only the most hardcore The Thing fans will notice) and more Easter eggs than Palmer's got dutchies. Basically, I threw everything but the kitchen sink at this Thing.
Intention:
Like many of my mashups, this came from a single idea. It occurred to me that Norris' chest opening up kind of looked like the Sarlac pit in Return of the Jedi and when I added that iconic Jedi music to that defibrillator scene it was wildly inappropriate and I loved it and then it gave me another idea. What if the spaceship from the beginning of the movie crashed because there was a xenomorph on board? Then another; what if The Thing was a sequel to all of the actors' previous movies? Like what if MacReady was the used car salesman from "Used Cars"? And did you know that MacReady's boss in that movie is called "Fuchs"?

And that's how you end up spending a year on a remix project. I absolutely loved working on this. It was a blast.
Other Sources:
There are way too many sources in this to list all here and besides, it would spoil the experience. But to give you an idea of the vibe of this remix, there's footage, references or homages to The Thing from Another World (1951), Alien (1979), Predator (1987), Wargames (1983), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Airwolf (1984), Transformers (1985) and many others.

The new soundtrack includes music by David Bowie, Duran Duran, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Blondie, Queen, John Williams, James Horner, Alan Silvestri and more.
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to Dwight Fry for previewing this and for the feedback and support.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
Deleted scenes and alternate takes (19 minutes)
Trailers
English subtitles.
Editing Details:
I use the "remix" button on Sony Vegas. It's easy!
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The Thing Super Special Edition Trailer

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As there was no Changelist, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this... it basically takes The Thing and turns it into an absurdist comedy. After skimming through and picking that up, I put off watching it for the right day, pulled out a couple beers to set the right vibe, and prepared for an evening of silly fun..... but I just didn't connect with it.

This is a fanedit that deserves the Paradigm Award, a real example of creativity and the power of fanediting. But as it's a comedy now, your enjoyment will vary largely based on your sense of humor. This just wasn't mine. I chuckled once or twice, but my most common reactions were just "Okaaay..." and "WTF..." I got the jokes it was going for, they just weren't funny to me. In particular, a couple of motifs are relied on and hit about a half dozen times, when they would've been funny if just used once or twice.

You know what I really dug about this? The OUTAKES. The file is worth getting for those alone, which made me laugh a lot. 20 minutes where BlueYoda really GOES for it, just complete non-sequitirs. I wished that would've more been the tone of the movie: complete disregard for narrative in favor of ridiculous send-up.

As is, the film esentially tells the same story of The Thing, only there are basically no moments of dread or horror because the tone is all off. The Thing is a stone-cold classic as-is, so the only way to do something fun with it is just complete irreverance. This came close for me, but needed to go farther in order to work.

That said, I can imagine this REALLY working for some people. It's executed almost flawlessly, so if your sense of humor matches, you'll be in for a treat.

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Owner's reply October 20, 2022

Thanks for this honest review! Sorry it wasn't what you expected but I'm glad you enjoyed the deleted scenes. Humor is very subjective and I find it's the most difficult genre to work with. Hope you enjoy my next one more, it will be an action sci-fi mashup :)

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The kind of furiously inventive fanediting art that makes you a bit ashamed that've only managed to trim few scenes here and there in your own uninspired projects. Despite all the crazy ideas and source hopping fun, there is a rigorous fidelity to the new concept and story, that lessor editors (such as myself) might've missed. There was a moment with a POV shot over MacReady's shoulder as he pilots his helicopter over the ice, where I thought "Hey this looks exactly like the same shot from 'The Empire Strikes Back'. I wonder if Blueyoda will use that for a giggle", then I thought, no that would be inconsistent with his new story, it would just be a joke for jokes sake. Instead Blueyoda piles on diabetes joke, after diabetes joke, using sound, visuals and FX to make the idea live. The funniest joke in the edit was on the included subtitle track "Nauls respectfully turns off the music". It was almost a spit-take for me. Thanks Blueyoda for a real blast!

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Bonkers!
Brilliant!
A soundtrack of delights!
Hilarious!
Genius!
Gloriously mad!

Nothing else to say, except this is a MUST WATCH.
And, of course, remember to eat your Quaker Oatmeal!
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(Updated: June 28, 2022)
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9.3
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I've been away from the forums for a bit and will be running away again after I drop this review. Life has demanded it. But I saw the release for this pop up as a browser notification and I couldn't resist grabbing it. I had a deadline to hit this evening, so this was my reward for meeting that before cracking on with other stuff I have to do. And what a treat! More specifics below.


QUALITY

There is some noticeable compression occasionally, but generally I think the visual quality is solid. There are a lot of different sources which vary, naturally, (sometimes for obvious reasons) but it works for the intended vibe.


VISUAL

There's a lot of impressive visual editing going on and I don't really have any complaints. Some of the most fun I had in this edit was from cleverly integrated visual gags. I'm not even sure how half this stuff is done. It's wonderful.

Another reviewer had an issue with the shift in aspect ratio partway through, and I have to disagree. It's a necessary shift - for it to match, you would either have to have the entire edit in 4:3 or you would have to crop the other footage to widescreen. The former would be a lot of work and a great shame, and the latter would look terrible. You would lose too much of the image and the already lo-res footage would be very fuzzy. The way I see it, the shift in aspect ratio occurs at a point where we are taken out of the edit and into another, older realm. It stays consistent during the shift and then it switches back. It never feels unnatural, IMO. Blue Yoda has a style that incorporates all sorts of wild ideas that play off of each other, to a point where it doesn't make sense to expect complete aesthetic consistency.


AUDIO

Generally good and I don't want to get nitpicky. A couple of things I think worth mentioning though is that the lack of foley during the Norwegian camp scene took me out of the edit a bit and the sound used for when Mac busts open the door felt really out of place. I also feel that generally the new scoring is nearly always much louder than it needs to be and at its worst is drowning out dialogue. Having said that, I never felt like I needed to keep turning my volume up and down, which is something I often find when some editors rescore. Some kick-ass music choices as well and some really great attention to detail (for example, the sonic shift during "Another One Bites the Dust" as we switch perspectives and distance from the source was really well done).


NARRATIVE

Honestly, all I've seen from Blue Yoda are some pretty nutty shorts and so for their first feature I kind of assumed it would literally be a feature-length assault on the senses. Turns out it's not that AT ALL. I'm not going into spoiler territory but, if you want some expectations set, this is actually a fairly restrained edit (relatively speaking). The original narrative is stuck to fairly closely, and occasionally we have some really wild stuff that gets incorporated; the new setup is excellent, and all the combination of footage towards the end is very well executed and thought out. I loved it to bits and I think BlueYoda did a good job of striking a balance between madness and coherence. Having said that, I would so be down to see the madness leaned into further. The deleted scenes were an absolute blast and I would love to see a version that incorporates these (where possible) and maybe even some of the unused stuff from the trailers.

As has been mentioned in another review, subtitles are recommended! I think for some scenes they are almost essential to the gag.

One minor comment I have is that at the very end of the final credits there's a brief bit of the ending scene of The Thing that then abruptly cuts off - was this an error? Seemed very odd, like maybe there was a scrap bit of footage that went unnoticed.


ENJOYMENT

Wonderful job. Great fun. I laughed a lot (and I needed to). I love the whole package that's been put together: 4 unique trailers, two beautifully put together posters and a deleted scenes/oddities compilation. All worth your while and something that just makes the experience more special. This is exactly the kind of thing I want to see more often in the fanediting community. Bold fan-mixes that take footage to places you never expect. Hopefully this isn't the last time we see BlueYoda try their hands at a feature-length.

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Oh me, oh my, oh me. How to leave a review for this without spoiling it? As, believe me, you want to go into it completely in the dark. There is a surprise awaiting you behind each corner.

Blueyoda has certainly given his all with this edit. It's a smorgasbord of pop culture and memes, it's a trippy art piece, and it's a monument to the creative possibilities of fanediting, its final act being the natural extension of Blueyoda's own already classic Dead Awake. And, above all, it's a side-splittingly hilarious comedy. I hadn't laughed this hard in a LONG time.

I've seen absolutely brilliant edits this year, from many extremely talented editors. But something absolutely exceptional has to be released before December 31 to dethrone this as the fanedit of the year in my book.

Ti stjerner. Which is "ten stars" in Norge or something.

A final recommendation: watch it with the subtitles on, regardless of whether you need them or not. You'll thank me.
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What a crazy fun edit this was. I really enjoyed it! Obviously the narrative is a mess, but it's not supposed to be anything else. Thanks Blueyoda!

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What can be said about this monumentally amazing mash-up of The Thing et al that has not already been said before. Well I could say that it cures warts, but that would be a lie, so I won't.

If you are looking for the ultimate party movie for horror fans look no further, unless you like looking further for no reason after you have been advised not to look any further.

I'm an old curmudgeonly bastard who rarely laughs at anything, and I was laughing my ass off a number of times during The Thing: The Musical aka Escape from the Shining Alien Thing from Beyond the Stars. To be clear my ass did not actually fall off, but I did laugh.

Fun. Fun. Fun.

Highly recommended for any horror fan with a pulse.

PS. The helicopter really does say Norge or something on the side.

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An easy, fun watch! hahah :)

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Based on the trailer, i wasn't sure quite what to expect, so let me make it more clear to those who are curious (without spoiling anything). While there are elements & clips & audio from many other sources, they are primarily just small bits added to the main story which is the original The Thing. Also, while the main progression & core story stays true, it adds SO many comic elements as to definitely recategorize this film as a "comedy horror". And my god, the humor got me so good. As a huge fan of the original movie, the humor never belittles that creator's work, but simply adds farce & inside jokes & unexpected quirks all throughout. This movie was the most fun I've had in a while. It was so fun, that the whole time I was getting ready for work the next morning, i frequently chuckled & laughed out loud as random crazy parts kept running through my head. That rarely happens for me.
As far as audio & video quality, I watched on my desktop computer in 1080p, but i didn't notice any problems in that limited context. Editing quality was top notch, breaking up the monotony with more flavor & flare in it's different styles of tangents.
I'm so happy I gave this one a chance. Btw, there are 2 feature variations. I watched & prefer "the Tranzor Variation". *IMPORTANT NOTE: don't pass up on the separate mp4 file of "deleted scenes & alternate takes." there is a ton of great stuff in there, including at least 2 sequences I wholeheartedly wish were left in the main movie. so good.

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A master class in editing with countless pop culture references and easter eggs. But don't let the trailer fool you into expecting campy humor à la Sugar, Abrahams and Sugar every few seconds. It's more of an homage to the original film with comedy elements. I love the 80's, I love my Facehuggers, but as I said - I would have liked (maybe it's my ADHS) a faster pace. Howevery that's just my taste and doesn't take anything away from this super creative movie.


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