Online Petition Seeks Release of 2011 “The Thing” Work Print

Finally, something horror fans can rally behind!



Lately, online petitions have been thorns in horror fans’ sides. We told you about the Boycott Green Inferno campaign that sought to halt the Eli Roth helmed cannibal survival horror on the grounds this it’s “dehumanizing”; we also reported on another petition hoping to derail the upcoming indie horror Del Playa claiming it seeks to exploit a recent, real-life tragedy. While the right to raise one’s voice in protest is an important aspect of freedom to express, most horror fans agreed that these examples are both misguided attempts at social justice that, unfortunately, amount to little more than censorship.

But now, horror aficionado Aidan Cosky of Atlanta, GA has launched a petition a lot of horror fans can get behind. He’s asking Ronald Meyer, CEO of Universal Pictures, to release the “original work print” of 2011’s prequel to The Thing (directed by Mathijs van Heijningen, Jr). While this film was almost exclusively panned, Cosky thinks the work print could change people’s perspectives—possibly transforming The Thing from a hideous disappointment to a certifiable hit. He explains:

“The Thing from 1984 if considered to be one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. The 2011 prequel, not so much. However, probably the biggest reason why people don’t like it is, because of the terrible-looking CGI. It started with the work print. The executives HATED the practical effects and had them replaced almost completely. Amalgamated Dynamics practical work went to waste. The original work print is unavailable to the public and the executives probably never looked at it twice. If this work print is released onto a 10th Anniversary DVD in 2021, it’ll make quite a bit of money. TRUST ME. If it’s released on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital Download, then people will probably like The Thing (2011) a lot more. Well, at least this [current] version.


Cosky makes an excellent point and I agree that sterile, uninspired CGI was the main issue that soured me on 2011’s The Thing (and I was incredibly soured to say the least!). Part of what made the situation so frustrating was that the film was actually shot with practical FX. Amalgamated Dynamics, the company hired to produce the movie’s creature FX, were stunned and disheartened upon learning that almost every aspect of their work had been replaced with CGI before the film’s released.

The video below shows some of the unutilized creature work Amalgamated Dynamics created for 2011’s The Thing. Even out of context, I think most horror fans would agree that these FX would have made for a much more engaging and entertaining movie-viewing experience. I’d definitely pay to watch 90+ minutes of this kind of visceral gory mayhem!



In response to this perceived mistreatment by Universal, Amalgamated Dynamics launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to create a science-fiction horror movie using only practical FX, without a trace of CGI. The result, Harbinger Down, recently became available as VOD. You can check out the Blood-Shed’s glowing review by Johnny Macabre: HERE.

Whether or not Cosky’s petition is ultimately successful remains to be seen. While I support his cause, the pessimist in me wonders if online petitions like these are at all effective in promoting action. The Boycott Green Inferno petition, for example, clearly won’t accomplish squat (which is good in that case, but also disappointing proof that this tactic is often less than productive).

But hey, it’s better than doing nothing, just sitting around and bitching about the things that piss us off! And I like how Cosky’s petition isn’t demanding any immediate (and therefore truly unrealistic) action; I like the suggestion of releasing the original work print as a 10th Anniversary DVD/Blu-ray—and appealing to the studio’s sense of greed is extremely smart!

Considering fact that 2011’s The Thing was a critical and financial flop, releasing the work print certainly can’t do the film’s reputation any harm. And if the chance to make money exists, why the hell not? Even after 2011’s colossal disillusionment, I bet legions of The Thing fans (including myself) would be willing to give a fully-practical version a second chance. Am I right?

Read more about Cosky’s campaign and add your name the petition: HERE.

What do you think about Aidan Cosky’s petition for the release of the original work print of 2011’s The Thing? Would you be interested in seeing it if the film were re-released with all practical FX? Sound off in the Comments section!

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  • Itzik smucha
    21 August 2015 at 1:15 am - Reply

    This should be a thing. This should be made. It looks amazing. 10 times scarier than the other version.

  • Bob Conner
    21 August 2015 at 1:23 am - Reply

    I Agree wholeheartedly..I actually fell asleep several times trying to watch the 2011 version

  • Pedantic Pete
    21 August 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Carpenter’s The Thing was released in 1982, not 1984.

    Just sayin’.

  • Yootha
    21 August 2015 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Carpenter’s “The Thing” was 1982, not 1984.

  • Adrien
    21 August 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    ummm,.. hey ass hats,.. 1982!,.. ya,.. you are such HUGE fucking fans eh… i bet you still think it’s a sequel to the unrelated 50’s flick too? geezuz christ

  • sweetooth0
    21 August 2015 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Online petitions is what got the Nightbreed Director’s cut released. If there is enough interest and people saying they will buy something, studios/distributors will listen. They don’t care about the art, just that they can sell you a product, so tell them you’ll buy it and they will make it available.

    My two cents on the work print? Looking at all of the videos of the practical effects made up for this film it’s quite obvious that basically all of their animatronics/puppets/suites were made to be augmented with some amount of CG (i.e.: removing green suited actors, rods, mechanical parts, adding legs, and general enhancements) so if the workprint has no post work in it, I don’t think it will be much of anything as a “movie” since everything will be incomplete, only an interesting look at what the practical effects could’ve looked like.

    The only way this would truly satisfy most fans I suspect, is if they went back and finished it using the original plan of 90% practical/10% CG, but that would require a substantial amount of money, so I wouldn’t hold your breath.

  • Greg Thomas
    21 August 2015 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Outside of the fact that the guy who started the petition can NOT write, type or speak fluidly… I agree with what he is saying 100% . This would have mostly saved that movie. CGI was such a poor decision.

  • Brian Tilley
    21 August 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Some horror aficionado, the original The Thing came out in ’82, not ’84.

    • Dave
      21 August 2015 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      That’s a remake. 🙂

    • lewdlesion
      25 August 2015 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Do you read the comments before you?

  • Steven Millan
    22 August 2015 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Actually,THE THING was released in 1982. Moderns day fans really need to properly do their research for they’ll be later heavily quizzed on it.

    • lewdlesion
      25 August 2015 at 12:46 am - Reply

      Oh NO! They got a fact wrong that has been pointed out by 5 other fanboys too distracted with their dicks between their thumb and forefinger to pay attention to what the commenting narrative has already established.

      Sweet Jesus I shouldn’t be trolling you turds.
      it can’t be helped …

  • B Bowen
    22 August 2015 at 5:17 am - Reply

    I’ve collected a lot of material on a workprint fan page I put up some time ago from after seeing the film, using what I could find from Outpost 31, Amalgamated Dynamics’ videos and other bits and pieces. Originally it was meant to be a petition but I never really bothered to show it around, so it’s good to see someone picking up the pace. From the interviews I could find the workprint doesn’t seem to exist in any way, but I understand it was shown prior to release and because of that preview, a lot of the CGI work was rushed in at the last minute. The alternate ending is something I’m more curious to see as the puppet alien that was created is wonderful.

    Here’s my page if anyone’s interested –

    It garners likes, quite a few in the last week. Feel free to do the same and I’ll attempt to keep it updated more regularly.

  • James
    22 August 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    It was a flop because it was essentially a less-interesting remake of the John Carpenter film.

  • Blackdragon73
    22 August 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I would love to see this too. The CGI was terrible in the THING prequel. Also I hope they fix the scene that shows the spaceship after the scientists blew up the ice like it shows on a video in John Carpenter’s THE THING. In the prequel towards the end of the movie, the spaceship was still buried in the ice.

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