The Thing / program and ticket / Japan


The Thing
John Carpenter's The Thing (USA - complete title) | Stvor (Serbia)
Year of Film
John Carpenter
Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David,Charles Hallahan, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart, David Clennon, Richard Masur, T. K. Carter, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites, Peter Maloney
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Sci-Fi | Horror
Type of Poster
Program and ticket
Style of Poster
Origin of Poster
Year of Poster
Size (inches)

As well as the film posters I also have a handful of other film-related, paper-based memorabilia that I’ve picked up over the years. I thought I may as well share some of this material in the same way that I’ve been sharing the posters. Some of these items can be scanned rather than photographed.

First up is this original program and cinema ticket for one of my favourite films, John Carpenter’s The Thing. The program would have been available in the cinemas whilst the film was showing. I scanned each page separately and then used Photoshop to recombine the pages since most of them worked as double spreads.

My belief is that the stub is a standard cinema ticket, not a special printing for the premiere. I’ve included a scan of the back where you’ll notice an ink stamp that would have covered the removed portion too.

A Japanese friend translated the text below the title for me and it says:

Directed by John Carpenter/ Starring Kurt Russell
<Colour film>
Universal Pictures / Distributed by CIC ¥1000

The Japanese title is 遊星からの物体X – which translates as ‘X The Thing’.

Note that some of the pages feature strange anomalies due to the dots of the printing being picked up by the scanner. This most obviously shows up as a kind of moire effect on some of the images.

Whilst researching I also found this brilliant cover on the Japanese Laserdisc release of The Thing.

The Japanese B2 poster for The Thing can be seen here.

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  1. Author
    Posted by Lenny
    Date Posted
    on 10 January 2012

    I have a few of these programs from my visit to Japan. Some have great posters with completely new art (Road Warrior being the greatest). Would love to have this one as I too LOVE the Thing. Never seen the ticket stubs before, It’s awesome that they did it that way and a great score for you.

  2. Author
    Posted by eddie
    Date Posted
    on 11 January 2012

    I know the Mad Max art you mean (by Noriyoshi Ohrai, if I’m not mistaken) and it’s fantastic. I have a handful of other programs but there are several others I’d like to grab eventually. They’re not easy to come by, as I’m sure you know.

    I only wish ticket stubs were still as awesome as that!