I don’t know what it is, but I love falling down the rabbit hole on You Tube and uncovering old video interviews with a certain sense of context.
John Carpenter’s THE THING continues to be dissected, discussed and celebrated some 35 years after its theatrical release, and rightfully so! It’s a masterpiece!
But as every article revolving around THE THING will tell you, it wasn’t considered that upon it’s original unveiling. In fact, it’s one of those rare bittersweet instances where a unique filmmaker was just a little too far ahead of the curve. Companies like Scream Factory and Arrow DVD have done their part by releasing recent Criterion-style special editions of THE THING, but one thing missing from them all is the following vintage interview.
Watch John Carpenter on the David Letterman show before THE THING’s release.