The Thing script
The Thing (1982)
Synopsis: In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.

U.S. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION -- OUTPOST #31

A rifle blast kicks up more snow.

EXT. COMPOUND OF U.S. OUTPOST #31

A large, almost snow-covered building. Not far from that

a tall, meteorological balloon tower.

A scattering of several small shacks at varying distances

from the main compound. The smaller hovels are connected

by wooden planked walkways and steadying ropes.

Multicolored pennants stick put of the snow marking

pathways and directions to outdoor experiments.

A tractor and two helicopters sit idle, covered with

mounds of continuously mounting snow.

TWO MEN, NORRIS AND BENNINGS

standing some thirty yards from the main building are in

the process of letting up a large red balloon. Childs, a

hefty black man, is twenty yards away tinkering with a

snowmobile. Their beards are caked with ice. It is

winter and it is harsh.

The faint sound of the copter turns their attention.

THE COPTER:

flying ever lower now. The man with the gun leans

dangerously outside and fires away at the dog as it nears

the outpost.

THE MEN:

outside the compound look to one another, incredulous.

THE COPTER:

much too low now, and chastised by the wind, attempts a

high-speed landing, directly on the heels of the sprinting

dog. It bounces violently on the hard-packed surface.

Once. Twice. Passing the dog.

A third bounce sends it skidding. It flips; its blades

snapping off like toothpicks. It lands belly-up,

soundless except for the whine of its engine.

The man with the gun rolls out before the explosion.

INT. MAIN COMPOUND

The half a dozen men, playing cards, monitoring equipment,

listening to music -- spring to their feet, startled.

EXT. COMPOUND

The dog reaches Norris and Bennings, as they awkwardly

wade through the snow, toward the downed copter.

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Bill Lancaster

William Henry "Bill" Lancaster (November 17, 1947 – January 4, 1997) was an American screenwriter and actor. more…

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