JOHN CARPENTER‘s THE THING‘s poor box office performance has been blamed time and time again on the fact that STEVEN SPIELBERG‘s E.T. was released two weeks prior. Although the diminutive Reeses Pieces pusher may not have helped matters much, it is more likely that bad merchandising judgment was the filmâ€™s ultimate downfall. Looking back, it seems Universal (who also released E.T.) made every conceivable mistake while promoting their would-be summer blockbuster and only have themselves to blame if audiences were less than enthusiastic by the time the actual movie hit theaters.Â
Wasn’t April 1st two weeks ago!? There is no way this merchandise was ever made. This has got to be a joke.
You had me up until LaToya’s record!
That was brilliant!
The first action figure is brilliant… and, had I been drinking chocolate milk, it would have shot out of my nose when I saw the alien dog head superimposed on the tiny snow man. Fantastic post…
What in the HELL is that Thing Snowcone Maker?! I have no recollection of anything like that, ever.
I forgot about this article! Hilarious!