The Thing Fans Are Freaking Out As COVID-19 Reaches Antarctic Research Base

The Thing
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2020 has been a year to forget, with everyday life being put on hold as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, and dozens of countries are still under heavy restrictions, with many of them tightening the rules to try and stem a potential rise in infections over the holiday season. There might only be eight days left until 2021 is upon us, but the apocalypse bingo card keeps throwing up surprises.

The latest story that’ll have movie fans worried is the news that COVID-19 has reached a remote research base in the Antarctic, making it the last of the planet’s seven continents to record confirmed cases. 26 military personnel and ten civilians at the Chilean Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme outpost are suffering from symptoms, and those familiar with John Carpenter’s horror classic The Thing are starting to get a little worried, as you can see from the reactions below.

The Thing

The 1982 sci-fi chiller follows a group of scientists who also pitch up at a remote Antarctic research base, before an unseen and deadly enemy assimilates them one by one, forcing the dwindling band of survivors into a desperate fight for their lives. Of course, the chances that one of the Riquelme outpost’s staff members will turn into a hideous disembodied head that grows spider legs are hopefully slim to none, but we know better than to rule anything out given the events of the last ten or so months.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of folks are calling for Kurt Russell to be parachuted in to save the day, but Blumhouse hold the rights and are currently working on another reboot of The Thing, and the actor is probably too busy with the much more wholesome role of Santa Claus anyway.