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The Thing Screening At The South Pole?

Local cinemas across the country host annual horror film screenings throughout the Halloween season. The Rocky Horror Picture Show featuring a shadow cast is possibly the most popular feature — even my hometown is doing it! A friend of mine told me about On Set Cinema hosting various horror films at their filming locations and replica settings.

The Shining at Timberline Lodge in Government Camp, Oregon, exterior filming location of the Overlook Hotel. A couple films from the Halloween franchise at The Myers House, a replica in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Friday The 13th: Part VI at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, GA, where the film was shot. Just to name a few.

So, I jest, "Antarctic research facility projecting The Thing?" It turns out that it's actually something they kind of do at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. While not open for the public, it's tradition for researchers to marathon The Thing from Another World (1951), John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) and prequel The Thing (2011) on the first polar night. Cool!

Last Rays of the Old Setting Sun
By Ben Eberhardt, South Pole Station correspondent
May 15, 2019

For the 42 members of our 2019 winter crew, winter and isolation began five weeks earlier with a different celebration. In mid-February, the remaining Summer personnel left the station on the last LC-130 Hercules flight of the season. Everyone who remains will now be cut off from the rest of the world for eight months. This is the moment that most of us have been waiting for all Summer. After "finally" being alone, we gathered in the gym to continue a South Pole tradition and watch all three versions of "The Thing from Another World" - a movie about an alien invasion of an Antarctic research station. There's nothing better to put yourself in the mood for the long months of darkness and isolation.

The Antarctic Sun, U.S. Antarctic Program

Sorry for getting your hopes up, nonscientists!