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Who Is REALLY Human At The End Of The Thing?

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John Carpenter's horror classic hides the truth in plain sight...
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Daroslaw Toorek (6 days ago)
Spider head scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mELdCU1GSw&t=7s
John Gonzalez (6 days ago)
Mcgrady gave him a bottle that was filled with gasoline to see if he would drink it or spit it out
samplexample (9 days ago)
This video is the result of a culture with too much time on its hands.
Sketch_ Tepig (10 days ago)
I believe that childs is most likely the thing but with the eye lighting bit their was a small moment where childs opens his eyes more and you can see the dot of light
Joeayo7 (10 days ago)
If you’re interested in seeing the story from The Thing’s point of view, google “Clarkesworld Magazine: The Things”. Interesting perspective that shows the true identities of The Thing.
hughjass311 (10 days ago)
If Childs was a thing then he would have no reason not to assimilate MacCready
Lee Jones (11 days ago)
Great film!
USEDLIFE (12 days ago)
Well the most interesting THING in the final scene I noticed, is only one of the two is reacting the way a human would in extreme cold temperatures. If you didn't notice watch it again, warm lungs plus extreme cold results in what? There you you go, actually quite a simple yet ingenious trick Carpenter pulled off.
KD4YYA5 1.168 (15 days ago)
C'mon let the Black Guy live. 😂🤣😂
KD4YYA5 1.168 (15 days ago)
Mccready was assimilated already. During the Blood test you never see his blood going into a dish.
KD4YYA5 1.168 (15 days ago)
McCready is the Thing Childs is Human. Pay ATTENTION to the dialogue at the end.
Ayden Roman (15 days ago)
Did he just have the balls to call this a B movie?
Jimmy Valmir (16 days ago)
I'd like to think that Macready and Childs live at the end
gerry beckley (18 days ago)
I've seen this movie at least 50 times and there's no way Mac is the thing.
R4GN4R0K31 (18 days ago)
MacCready is the human.
parallel marz (19 days ago)
I think Childs is a thing because there is no fog coming out his mouth
Kirk Tingblad (21 days ago)
Carpenter shot an ending where MacCready is rescued. So there ya go.
Child's because when he talks he doesn't enough fog coming out of his mouth
jaylex666 (23 days ago)
It's kind of like blade runner. They could be infected they might not be it's up to the fans to decide and it's why both these films are fantastic. They don't reveal everything they leave mystery
Ruben Alvarez (24 days ago)
What's the name of the music that plays in the background?
Harry green (24 days ago)
The eye gleam theory doesn’t hold up at all Blair has it Palmer has it at certain points
Razer (24 days ago)
God I want a continuation of The Thing. Be it via movie, T.V series, Netflix series, just something.
Hattytheman 44 (24 days ago)
What A Great Film
1xoACEox1 (25 days ago)
The eye thing is pretty damming if that's real. But ive always read the ending as they are both human, too deeply disturbed and paranoid to trust anymore. Sure Mac's tired from the fight with the Blair thing and wondering around in dropping temperatures. But Childs has no reason to be "in no shape to do anything". If hes a Thing why not just attack Mac? The Things are resistant to the cold and very durable. Even if it was being cautious as soon as it saw Mac was the only one left or even that he was alone for now it would attack him. Its killed people before in the movie with limited time and with humans close by.
Ava (25 days ago)
They are obviously both human. If just one of them was alien, the Thing would have no reason not to instantly attack the last vulnerable human because there are no others left to offer any resistance. And if both were alien they wouldn't distrust each other. The only reason both distrust each other is because they are both human. There would be no point for the Thing to play along with the charade.
Bird Up (25 days ago)
They're both human.
Hunter Vogl (26 days ago)
We don’t know. We can’t know. That’s the entire point.
theduke651 (27 days ago)
McCready tested himself. Unless he did a slight of hand, he's human. We follow him the rest of the movie. Childs, however, is offscreen. If we are to believe someone is the Thing, it would be Childs. That said, in the video game, Childs freezes to death, and it's McCready that's the thing. Confused? Welcome to the club.
reptomicus (27 days ago)
They both are infected but not assimilated. When MacReady said "Maybe we shouldn't" he suspects it. He may have seen beyond his blood test thinking about a loophole.
Maurice A. Tillman (27 days ago)
We're complicating the ending. Macready is the human, based off EVERYTHING that happened, in the movie. He had bright eyes but Childs didn't. It's that simple. Carpenter left the ending vague, to keep us nerds arguing about it. MACREADY IS HUMAN...CHILDS IS NOT...
The Nutella (27 days ago)
One thing i don't believ in is the molotov cocktail drink theory. The thing would recognize and react to alcohol or fuel. It gains the knowledge of the people it assimilated so it should have denied the drink knowing that humans can't drink fuel. Even if his sense of smell and taste were numbed by the cold air, it still should have recognized the fuel. So i don't buy the drink test theory.
Benjámin Kurilla (28 days ago)
Obviously both are human, and if you think one of them is not that means we are in disagreement.
volcano (28 days ago)
I’ve recently come to believe that Childs is the Thing because the ending is foreshadowed by MaCready's very first scene playing computer chess — MaCready thinks he’s won, but the computer (stand-in for human opponent) checkmates him so he pours whisky down it’s ‘throat’ - ‘cheating bitch’. At the end, MaCready may think he’s ‘won’ by being the last man standing and technically the only ‘survivor’, but the final move is played by Childs (now The Thing - and stand-in for human opponent)) who ‘checkmates’ him by ‘cheating’ by being out of the picture (literally) for the final fifteen minutes and suddenly re-appearing after being assimilated presumably by Blair. Once again, MaCready this time hands over the bottle of whisky for Child’s to consume and chuckles sardonically at once again being out-smarted by his opponent.
David Dremin (29 days ago)
Also charles doea not have the air coming out of his mouth when he breaths
Miss Heird (29 days ago)
Blair was out of the picture far too long, Macready always shown, especially destroying the main creature with dynamite. When Macready and Blair pair up at the very end, Macready exhales a fog, Blair does not. Fuchs had told all to prepare their own food, to eat out of the can, but when Macready hands Blair that partial bottle of booze, Blair has no problem drinking from it, after Macready has.
Trevor Pow (27 days ago)
It's Childs with Mac at the end, and you can see the breath of Childs its just not as visible as Macs, watch the sequence again.
Big Master Anonymous (30 days ago)
"Considers itself a prequel" Wow. It IS a prequel. Objectively. There is no "if" about it.
Shaun Penne (30 days ago)
Dean Cundey and John Carpenter dropped very subtle hints at who was human throughout the film!!! Cinematographer Dean Cundey said that he had tiny little lights reflected in the eyes of the actors who were still human!! Which, if you look at MacCready at the end, those lights are there and Childs breath isn't visible!! Even Kurt Russell and John Carpenter both said that Childs was the Thing!! There was even an idea that MacReady hands Childs a Whiskey bottle filled with petrol, Child's drinks it and doesn't react, that's when MacCready kills him!!! Plus there was an alternate ending filmed, where MacCready is found and rescued, given a blood test and it turns out that he's human! (Sorry I wrote this before watching this video!! WHOOPS!!)
Brandon Johnson (30 days ago)
Child’s was the thing, no eye light and drinking gasoline... not much of a head scratcher.
piggypoo (30 days ago)
but who was thing?
Butters Stotch (3 days ago)
piggypoo Kurt Was the Thing , he was always the Thing .
deez nuts (30 days ago)
To everyone saying childs is not breathing, you can see his breath as well, it's just harder to see
Stabio Media (1 month ago)
Carpenter has stated plenty of times, it doesnt matter which one the thing is at the end, its meant to be left ambiguous, any "evidence" collected about which one is a total waste of time when the creator of the movie insists he hasnt even thought about who is the thing is at the end, soooooooooo......
Elsa Anna (1 month ago)
BUT MAC HAD HIS BLOOD TESTED IN PLAIN VIEW OF EVERYONE
Dipsoman (1 month ago)
Well, John Carpenter said that The thing 2002 is canonical, so we're know the reality
Gary Wilson (1 month ago)
None of them are the thing, if you read the extended lore.
Robert Z (1 month ago)
Instead of petrol, there might be poison in the bottle.
David Tangen (1 month ago)
Over
David Tangen (1 month ago)
Anybuddy lover 500 pounds is a thing
Rob T (1 month ago)
Ok stop right there. McReady TESTED his blood. His is NOT assimilated, so that shoots that theory right out of the water. Its is Childs, no question.
The Awsome Dude (1 month ago)
The gasoline theory is wrong . We can clearly see how all gasoline bottles got destroyed by the thing and those did not have the brandmark logo on it . Mcready‘s bottle does
Nary The Anagram (1 month ago)
if the comics that were considered canon are anything to go by, then Childs isn't human
Jake Dudley (1 month ago)
Doesn’t macready take a sip of the bottle the doctor had when he locked him outside? the vodka or whatever, and the doc smirks, then when he gives child the drink, smirks after he drinks it, I thought it was macready
pierre117 (1 month ago)
Child's has no "cold breathe" McReady has!!
The Best Answers (1 month ago)
Macready had breath with lots of humidity like coming from a lung. And Childs had no breath like he wasn't using his mouth to breath. And their names are a give away. Mac Ready. and, Child like a young "Thing".
Don Parmezano (1 month ago)
Even Carpanter said it is a camera bug. It depends of angle and lighting...
ericlogos (1 month ago)
If it's the black guy then it would be the THANG.
billthestinker (1 month ago)
Only guys in the movie so they are all gay or bisexual the thing could also be bi-curious
Damon Irby (1 month ago)
Macready would've drunk the drink probably but if it was gasoline from the Molotov, he could smell it was different from alcohol but cause Child's drank it he's the thing. Also at the end there's no mist coming from child's mouth when he breaths and talks but Macready does have mist when he does this.
Don Parmezano (1 month ago)
This is stupid You know why? Cus after assimilation The Thing can speak english and mimic behavior of the donor. If real Childs know difference between gasoline and whiskey, The Thing know it as well - Thing know what is in Your head, Your memoreis and experience. Thats why they cant figure out who is infected without blood test.
Rocco Siffredi (1 month ago)
First off dont include the prequel as the same movie.JC Thing is a masterpiece. The end is ambiguous to keep feeling that fear and not having the gay perfect Hollywood ernding of hero saves the planet against impossible odds bullshit. No it ends with 2 surviving and even with alien dead are most likely not gonna survive the elements...but are very wary that it could still be in one of them. As for McCready being the alien whole time theory is silly and only for reaching for the twist ending for the sake of twist ending. Also best part of the story is reactions to not knowing what they're dealing with incredible mysterious discovery. What doesnt quite sit well with me is the things behaviour after it assimilates. Why does feel need to go apeshit, and when it's a clone why not just leave to go back to ship,or kill everyone quietly or just stay in mutated monster form and kill everyone.its like it can stay a clone for only a very short period of time,then needs to find a new host .
Sean Pflum (1 month ago)
Stick to wrestling.
abanfi01 (1 month ago)
I like to think they're both human at the end, but the fact that we don't know is what makes it great
abanfi01 (1 month ago)
Why would MacReady kill the Blair Thing at the end of the movie if he too was a Thing? The rest of the humans were dead- and he could say anything to Childs later on if they were to meet up
GrizzlyAdams94 (1 month ago)
The eye gleam theory has holes in it, Palmer can be seen with the eye gleam in a few scenes. Also Childs' jacket is most likely the same as he was wearing earlier, it just looks different because it's covered in snow. Although I personally believe Childs is The Thing at the end, if MacReady was, I seriously doubt he'd want to be near any kind of open flame or explosions and while each organism acts on it's own, I doubt it would sabotage another of it's own kind by blowing up a spaceship.
Ian Duke (1 month ago)
Calling The Thing a B Grade movie just shows you are unable to comprehend what is going on!
DarrenJSeeley (1 month ago)
Mac gave himself and Childs the blood test at the same time. Thus,only Childs later on was unaccounted for. So Mac isn't The Thing. Unless when he blew up Blairthing, part of Blairthing got on his skin. (?) Small infected drops of The Thing take longer to assimilate the host (such as Blair, assuming that Blair was infected during the dog autopsy). As to why a thing would not "kill"or assimilate the final survivor, if Mac is right, with the destroyed ship, it would just want to freeze again in hopes that it would be found to unthaw. So if Childs is The Thing, it is pointless to AttackMac or if Mac is the Thing, it is pointless to attack Childs. There is, however, another possibility. The Thing is there with them, but neither are The Thing. Nauls was not part of Blair thing, but clearly (off screen) killed by BlairThing. Or what if The Thing split off into another organism off screen?
J B_00 (1 month ago)
Carpenter said that Childs is the alien because he doesn't have vapor escaping his mouth as he's breathing in the last scene of the movie
nunya nunya (1 month ago)
wasnt it the wolf? that was the cliff hanger shot i remember.
Kevin J (1 month ago)
I wish they'd make The Thing TV series (just the first season, maybe even the 2011 remake and do it better this time). Could you imagine how suspensful a company like AMC or HBO could make The Thing broke down into an hour episode of a 10 part series?
Kevin J (1 month ago)
Well, in the comics, both of them were tested and neither of them were infected... I mean, yeah John Carpenter might've said that one of them was the Thing at the ending but I don't think he believes that and that I believe he only said that to keep people thinking, and to make people rewatching it feel the suspenseful ending it was meant to be - is someone infected? and if so, who is?
Gfors85 (1 month ago)
its Childs, he doesnt exhale any vapor as McReady does. Carpenter said that himself.
Gfors85 (27 days ago)
+reptomicus I dont know, I said what Carpenter said. But since you asked, I think that maybe he was not fully transformed so Bennings was trying to call for help and still uses air? :)
reptomicus (27 days ago)
+Gfors85 Bennings exhaled vapor before getting burned. Are you saying Bennings was human even with those hands?
Trevor Pow (27 days ago)
Oh yes he does, watch closely.
Antonio Centeno (1 month ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Un1g0xUME0&list=PLeqi07w96V6xOjY9mF6JOdW_jxINm3pvm&index=2 At 2:01 We can appreciate the dudes that got assimilated and the order they were develaed in the movie... Probably
Jay Warden (1 month ago)
You can also see macready's breath in the final scene, childs has no breath in the cold
UpAndOut (1 month ago)
Even Things in human form would be breathing.
James McCourt (1 month ago)
I'm sure I saw somewhere that Carpenter said that it's easy to see that childs isn't human because macready is the only one visually breathing.
quirky Chad (1 month ago)
Childs was the thing
CheeZyZee (1 month ago)
Roflol, only a cuck from a cuck cuntree would say someone that drinks IS a possible addict.... Get uncucked, before I impregnate your girlfriend....
Qesankh Maa Kheperu (1 month ago)
Wow, great theories!
cheechek sylmz (1 month ago)
wow. everybody thinks that child is the thing while I think it is Meg.
Smokebeer (1 month ago)
Nuke em both its the only way to be sure
Brock Lester (1 month ago)
I think childs is the thing because when mcready and him talk at the end mcready has freezing breath and childs doesn't
Numinous20111 (1 month ago)
Childs is almost certainly a Thing at the end. The strategy would be to act as a reserve. Since Mac destroys the Blair Thing, Childs can return to act in Blair Thing's place, or to ensure that any human survivors do not succeed ultimately. Either Childs will destroy / assimilate them and leave dormant Thing/spore for rescue party, or Childs was setting up another survival option when off-screen earlier. We do not know what he was doing, or exactly where for long enough.
RoseMonkey (1 month ago)
The whole non organic material thing was made up in the prequal,it probably wasn't even considered in the first,the prequal added it so the test wouldn't be copied from the first,
The-Trustees (1 month ago)
Except that Childs does have the eye lights in the end seen when he actually opens his eyes which are more than partially closed (from weariness, I presume) for the majority of that scene. :/
Pannkakaize (1 month ago)
Can someone just pull John carpenter at a gun point already so we can know the fucking awnser? I will make him drink Molotov coctail and then burn him with a flame thrower and then peel his glow eyes out and then put on a new jacket on he's dead body and then take a blood test and then give him a drink
Jonah Watts (1 month ago)
At the end the guys flamethrower was not turned on so he a thing because he doesn’t know how to use it.
UpAndOut (1 month ago)
If the original knew how, the copy would have known how.
Robbie McGill (1 month ago)
The only theory that really holds any maret is the eye lighting. The reason I don't think you can really trust the breath theory is because Bennings showed breath when outside before he was torched. The gasoline theory is kind of eh, it could be true could not be. I think MacReady is human and Childs is the thing in the end.
Lol Lol (1 month ago)
If they are independent that means they have there own thought process that means they are trying to dope each other into thinking they are human but one is smarter to simulate breath in the cold and one is not
Lol Lol (1 month ago)
If they are independent that means they have there own thought process that means they are trying to dope each other into thinking they are human but one is smarter to simulate breath in the cold and one is not
UpAndOut (1 month ago)
I don't think it's right to refer to the 2011 version when explaining the 1982 version. Bottom line, I think both were human. Or we'd have seen something happen at the end.
Nickteen Rocks (1 month ago)
Child’s is a thing because the amount of smoke coming out of Macs mouth is way different than child’s. What I’m saying is child’s doesn’t have any smoke coming out of his mouth compared to Mac I don’t know that’s just my theory
Lol Lol (1 month ago)
If they are independent that means they have there own thought process that means they are trying to dope each other into thinking they are human but one is smarter to simulate breath in the cold and one is not
steveN111333 (1 month ago)
Did you mention that Childs has no breath at the end of the film ? Kurt Russell appears to have warmth as his breath can be seen when he speaks, Childs has none ! O_o ?
steveN111333 (1 month ago)
+Lol Lol OK
Lol Lol (1 month ago)
In the movie they say that the blood acts independently for survival so they are not linked and are acting not being they are both things
steveN111333 (1 month ago)
+Lol Lol by 'independent' do you mean alien?
Lol Lol (1 month ago)
If they are independent that means they have there own thought process that means they are trying to dope each other into thinking they are human but one is smarter to simulate breath in the cold and one is not
The player (1 month ago)
One thing is clear. The thing is still there as one of them.
wessi jetmore (1 month ago)
plus the botttle of booz was gas from the cocktial
gmdarkplace (1 month ago)
I’ve recently come to believe that Childs is the Thing because the ending is foreshadowed by MaCready's very first scene playing computer chess — MaCready thinks he’s won, but the computer (stand-in for human opponent) checkmates him so he pours whisky down it’s ‘throat’ - ‘cheating bitch’. At the end, MaCready may think he’s ‘won’ by being the last man standing and technically the only ‘survivor’, but the final move is played by Childs (now The Thing - and stand-in for human opponent)) who ‘checkmates’ him by ‘cheating’ by being out of the picture (literally) for the final fifteen minutes and suddenly re-appearing after being assimilated presumably by Blair. Once again, MaCready this time hands over the bottle of whisky for Child’s to consume and chuckles sardonically at once again being out-smarted by his opponent.
King Corder (1 month ago)
I’ve always assumed that Mac took a fake drink from the bottle and handed it to Childs knowing it was full of gasoline from when they made a bunch of Molotov cocktails to destroy the base. And Childs takes a drink and it doesn’t harm him. This ending is very debatable. My buddy said that Mac probably had a large stash of high profile booze in his room which is how they made the molotovs because in the beginning of the movie the first scene we see Mac in is him pouring a drink and sipping it.
Lol Lol (1 month ago)
If they are independent that means they have there own thought process that means they are trying to dope each other into thinking they are human but one is smarter to simulate breath in the cold and one is not
MrZeljko88 (1 month ago)
Macready is human.
lemon juice (1 month ago)
also at the end mac has tons of fog coming out as he breaths but that only happens with him
Lol Lol (1 month ago)
If they are independent that means they have there own thought process that means they are trying to dope each other into thinking they are human but one is smarter to simulate breath in the cold and one is not
Bodenlose Dosenhose (1 month ago)
Also, MacReady's breath shows in the air while Childs' doesn't.
Lol Lol (1 month ago)
If they are independent that means they have there own thought process that means they are trying to dope each other into thinking they are human but one is smarter to simulate breath in the cold and one is not
Tim Wilson (1 month ago)
Childs was THE THING
massivojohnson (1 month ago)
You do know.  Childs isnt breathing !!??!!  Pretty much thats that.
MGTOW Lawyer (1 month ago)
No no no I AM A THING LOL
Peter Petrov (1 month ago)
I was unable to find any source for the words, where Carpenter said that there's one thing at the end. EDIT: Nevermind, found it - https://twitter.com/TheHorrorMaster/status/272063161832701953 You guys should put sources in your videos.
James Samson (1 month ago)
No one! Everyone dies! They were all assimilated before the movie even started!
Tulle _ Gutta (1 month ago)
I think it’s child’s because maybe mcready was trying to kill him self and gave it to child’s to check if he is a thing.

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