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Episode 35: The Thing (1982)

January 31st, 2017

In the thirty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard welcome friend of the podcast, and unofficial third host, Joe Belfeuil to discuss the influential horror film that is John Carpenter's The Thing (1982).

In this episode, the three discuss how the narrative and craft of the film has inspired a new breed of horror film-makers; from the aesthetics of paranoia to the themes of grappling with unexpected threats, Carpenter's seminal film has led to many imitators and even some worthy successors. The trio also consider the political messages of the film, and how the film reflects on and even critiques fears of the Other and how people should handle their fears by being vigilant instead of paranoid and dangerous to themselves and others. The historical period of the Reagan administration is compared to the unfolding Trump administration for similarities in thematic content, demonstrating how relevant the film remains to this day.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website