John Carpenter's The Thing is an undisputed horror classic. Being a classic the movie has had it's share of imitators. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so here are two of my favorite imitators of The Thing.
The X-Files- Ice
Season One/Episode Eight
|Mulder and Scully are sent to an arctic research facility to investigate some bizarre deaths.|
The Ice episode written by Glen Morgan and James Wong is probably of the most famous imitators of The Thing.
If the sets and general look of the episode remind you of The Thing it could be because production designer Graeme Murray worked on both.
|The armed stand off!|
"Ice" does a great job of capturing the paranoia and isolation from The Thing. This episode is one of the breakout episodes from the first season of the X-Files.
Star Trek Deep Space Nine- The Adversary
Season Three/Episode 26
The third season finale of DS9 finds the crew confined on-board the Defiant with a shapeshifting alien called a Changeling. The Changeling sews confusion and paranoia among the crew.
This episode borrows liberally from The Thing in several scenes.
The Thing has influenced multiple generations of filmmakers and will probably continue to for years to come.