Why The Thing Could Be Coming to HHN28?

There are two different stories in horror: internal and external. In external horror films, the evil comes from the outside, the other tribe, this thing in the darkness that we don’t understand. Internal is the human heart.” – John Carpenter

As a follow up to a post I did last year titled “Why The Shining Could Be Coming to HHN” I decided I would do a post this year about the Horror Classic that every year at HHN we have one (2013 An American Werewolf In London, 2014 Halloween, 2015 Halloween (Hollywood), 2016 Exorcist, 2017 Shining). This year the Horror Classic that is rumored to be coming is John Carpenter’s The Thing. 


The Thing (1982) is one of my all time favorite Horror Films. It’s hailed as John Carpenter’s Masterpiece and has had such a big influence on Horror Films with the Best Practical Effects in a Horror Film. The Thing has been at the event before twice for Orlando and once for Hollywood. It was 2007 The Thing: Assimilation for Orlando which was a Original Sequel to the 1982 Version. And then the Remake/Prequel in 2011 for both Hollywood and Orlando.

But why would The Thing be coming to HHN28? Why this year in particular? Well it’s gotten a lot of buzz with rumors and such (And it was on the Hollywood Leaked Lineup). Plus it is actual owned by Universal so they could easily do the Property if they wanted to. There’s even tweets out there that are hinting at it…


Murdy even acknowledges that he wants to do The Thing and that he is a huge fan of the original film.

He also acknowledges that he is fan of the Maze they did in 2011 for the Remake. Which could be improved upon if they do it this year and even better.

This of course could be The Thing which the film takes place in Snow.

Back in 2016…

Q: Now that you have the Exorcist what is your next dream property to catch?

55:23. Before that they mention they would want to do Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. However, they did do Ash vs Evil Dead last year. But at 55:23 they mention they would want to do the Original John Carpenter The Thing. Which since they did Evil Dead last year does that mean we could get The Thing this year?

Hollywood Codenames:

Murdy released a Film that has a Hint called “Terror in the Aisles” and he confirmed that the hint of the film is that it was released in 1984.

So perhaps with the first hint we are looking for something that involves 1984. A song made popular by Johnny Cash in 1984, a Best Selling Album released in 1984 with a band formed in So-Cal, or a Film released in 1984 that has a Creative force that passed away in the last 5 years.

No songs were made famous by Johnny Cash in 1984 and the only horror filn released in 1984 with a creative force that passed away in the last 5 years is Wes Craven for A Nightmare on Elm Street which is rumored for Orlando but not for Hollywood.

What I found is that for Hint 2. John Murdy stated in a tweet that he went to Bishop Amat and graduated in 1985 which means he started in 1981. And his brother he stated graduated in 1980 which means he started in 1976. That means a Band formed in So-Cal before 1976 and has a Best Selling Album released in 1984.


Van Halen formed in 1972 in Pasadena California. Which gives them time to go out and perform. They released a Best Selling Album in 1984 called 1984. 

In which Murdy when I sent him a connection said that the 1984 connection with Van Halen is correct. Which means we have two hints to solving the codename which is that Terror in the Aisles was released in 1984 and Van Halen released a Album in 1984 called 1984. 

Last year I requested Murdy a idea for a David Bowie Inspired Codename which was for Ash vs Evil Dead with the Album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) with the song Ashes to Ashes. Here he responded with 1984 a song by David Bowie.


Which is what I’m leading to. 1984 is off the Album Diamond Dogs by David Bowie. One of the songs of that album is called Sweet Thing (Reprise) and that Sweet Thing is the codename and the lyrics reveal the theme of the Maze. And what are the lyrics?

“If you want it, boys, get it here thing
‘Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing
Is it nice in your snow storm
Freezing your brain?
Do you think that your face looks the same?
Then let it be
It’s all I ever wanted
It’s a street with a deal
And a taste
It’s got claws
It’s got me
It’s got you”
So Sweet Thing/1984 = The Thing. Let’s move onto Orlando.
Orlando Codenames:

The Scene could refer to the Blood testing scene. This could refer to one of two connections with Poison.
1. It could be referring to how the Thing gets into blood and in a way poisons the blood.
2. At the end of the film Macready offers Childs a bottle of whiskey but a popular theory is that the bottle has poison in it.
But when can we expect the Maze announcement?
If true, the Release date of The Thing is June 25th 1982 which means this year it will be the film’s 36th anniversary. Could that be the announcement day?
Why don’t we just wait here for a while… See what happens.
Do you think The Thing is coming to the Event? Tell Us in the Comments!