Quentin Tarantino went on to reveal that he consciously imbued the script of his first feature film, the 1992 independent crime film “Reservoir Dogs,” with the paranoia of “The Thing.” In “Reservoir Dogs”, a group of diamond thieves lock themselves in a warehouse after a robbery goes wrong. With no one knowing anyone’s true identity, the tense atmosphere is similar to that of “The Thing.” As Kurt Russell’s RJ MacReady laments in John Carpenters’ 1982 film, “Nobody trusts anybody now, and we’re all very tired.” Likewise, Tarantino kept this friction in mind when writing his screenplay.
“I have to trap these bastards in this warehouse, and no one can trust anyone else,” he tells Colbert. The goal was to make the simmering tension of the Carpenter classic manifest through the grungy walls of the empty warehouse where Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn), Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), and Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) try to figure out whose covert disloyalty thwarted the planned heist. It paid off: The third-act standoff scene works beautifully thanks to the groundwork laid in the script, meticulously fomenting mistrust between the criminals. Tarantino has a knack for tense armed negotiations, and he’s included variations on the stalemate scene in a handful of his later films, including 2009’s WWII gem “Inglorious Basterds” (which places the fight in a basement filled with pub Nazis) and his 2015 western epic “The Hateful Eight”.
Though he did come close by writing the vampire action-crime thriller “From Dusk Till Dawn” and sneaking a Manson family-adjacent horror sequence at Spahn Ranch in “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood “, the prolific storyteller has yet to make a real horror picture. Last I heard, Blumhouse is working on a resurrection of “The Thing” with Carpenter tentatively taking part. Still, we can only imagine how Tarantino might handle “Who Goes There?” if the opportunity arises.