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Fathom Events Drops the Ball With 'The Thing' 40th Anniversary Theatrical Release

Updated: Nov 19, 2022



Mick Garris took to Twitter to express his very valid disappointment with Fathom Events recent anniversary screening of John Carpenter's The Thing, and he wasn't the only one disappointed with the special theatrical event. Many theatergoers attending screenings nationwide of the John Carpenter classic film, were not happy with how the film looked, some saying that the film had been severely cropped down from its original 2.35:1 ratio, a truly glaring oversight.


Word of the sour events was also spreading on Reddit due to a post made by F___DeshaunWatson. The post was made to the popular Movies subreddit, gaining over 1,500 votes and 200+ comments. F___DeshaunWatson also noticed the same film ratio mistake Mick Garris did, while going further to say that the film looked blurry and that, "The audio was trash. Super soft/quiet and the mix was all messed up."


It's a shame that these kind of mishaps were present at what should have been an exciting and frightening event, from the company that has brought many pleasant cinematic experiences to its fans and theater audiences nationwide. No word yet on if these mistakes will be corrected in the upcoming screenings of The Thing scheduled for Thursday, or if those that felt wronged by last night's screenings will be offered a second viewing experience. It sounds like Fathom Events has some explaining to do.

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