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Jez Conolly

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733773

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733773.001.0001

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‘Why don’t we just…wait here for a little while…see what happens…’

‘Why don’t we just…wait here for a little while…see what happens…’

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The Thing

Jez Conolly

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the ending of The Thing. It discusses the historical patterns of Hollywood endings and how they reflect the general mood of the decade. The chapter describes the ending of The Thing as being firmly planted in this tradition. It discusses how in the context of the post-Vietnam War and 1970's Hollywood, the most heroic deeds had to exist in the context of almost inevitable mass destruction. The chapter talks about how this can be observed in the film's ending with the desire of the last two surviving characters to deny the Thing access to living tissue and the prospect of reaching the rest of humanity. It also discusses the alternate endings that John Carpenter had prepared for the film and the reason why they ultimately made their choice. The chapter includes a series of questions that the film left unanswered and states that part of what makes the film work so well is the missing explanation.

Keywords:   film ending, Hollywood ending, heroic deeds, alternate ending, The Thing

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