The Thing at 35: Watch the cast and crew reflect on the film's wild special effects

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Jun 22, 2017

If you've seen John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), then you've obviously experienced the horror of what that shapeshifting alien does to the unsuspecting humans (and dogs) inside Outpost 31. If you're a horror nerd, you've most definitely appreciated what it took to bring those nightmare-inducing effects to life.

The Thing elevated special make-up effects creator Rob Bottin to a whole other level in the industry due to the depth and breadth of his intricate prosthetics and special effects creations. Legendary Stan Winston also elevated the film's horror game with his creation of the dog that's split open from the inside out -- an effect still marveled at to this day.

To celebrate the film's 35th anniversary of The Thing on June 25, we assembled three veterans of the project for an exclusive mini-reunion: Keith David, who played Childs; Larry J. Franco, the associate producer and first assistant director; and director of photography Dean Cundey.

In our second of four exclusive interviews with the trio, the guys reminisce about what it was like to work around those legendary creations and eventually see them play out on the big screen.

Be sure to catch a new exclusive video on a different The Thing topic all this week leading up to the anniversary.