The Thing soundtrack has had an interesting journey during its creation! It was composed by Ennio Morricone, but some pieces were left blank due to the process of how the film was scored.
“Ennio Morricone composed the magnificent score for my movie The Thing,” John Carpenter said. “Because we weren’t finished editing the movie, Ennio had to score without seeing a complete picture. When we put everything together, there were gaps dramatically where I would have wanted music. So I went off and scored a couple of simple pieces that filled in.”
Morricone later reflected on the score. “The collaboration with Carpenter was really something extraordinary and something very peculiar, as well,” Morricone said. “He came to Rome to show me the movie but immediately after the end of the screening, he had to rush away, so I couldn’t speak to him. I was very impressed by what I’d seen but I was concerned because he didn’t give me any clue or indication about what he wanted.”
The Thing soundtrack has gone on to be one of the most famous soundtracks of all time, especially in the horror genre. John Carpenter has said that Ennio Morricone was one of his favorite composers, even going so far as to say that his music was played at Carpenter's wedding. Carpenter often scores his own movies, so it's compelling that he was so impressed with Ennio's music that he requested him to score The Thing.
Ennio Morricone has written scores for some spaghetti westerns, which has garnered him a handful of awards, such as Golden Globes, Academy Awards, Grammys, and some BAFTA Awards. Most of these awards came from his scores for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, but he has also taken home some awards for some other notable films such as The Untouchables, and The Hateful Eight.
The Thing Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Thing OST is housed in an interactive "breakaway ice" slip case and includes the complete original recordings of the 1982 film by Ennio Morricone, re-mastered for vinyl. There are also some other fun items like an 11” x 17” poster featuring art by Phantom City Creative. It's available on two variants: "Antarctic Swirl" vinyl housed in a deluxe breakaway ice slipcase, and "Alien Blood & Bone" colored vinyl!
John Carpenter's The Thing is available to buy now HERE!