I was watching The Thing and it occurred to me how similar this is to the AIDS epidemic.
- AIDS started getting recognized around the time this movie was released (1982)
- It was originally thought that only gay men got this disease, The Thing is a completely male cast
- The thing gets you by taking over your body cell by cell, similar to HIV
- Only a blood test could reveal if you were human or the thing
Part of the fear instilled into The Thing came from the AIDs epidemic that was making itself known at the time of filming. The idea that you couldn’t tell who was infected just by looking at them, only blood tests would reveal it, was not lost on Carpenter.