“I’m absorbed by that film like the monster absorbs its victims,” says Colbert, before asking Carpenter about the movie’s often-debated ending.
“People think that they know who, at the end of the film, is The Thing,” Colbert says. “Now I don’t want to know if, for instance, the character Childs [played by Keith David], who people speculate on, is The Thing. But I do want to know – on behalf of myself and other people who care – do you know? In other words is there an actual answer to the question, is Childs The Thing?”
“There’s an absolute answer to that question, I do know the answer to that question,” responds Carpenter.
“Can I figure out that answer merely by watching the film?” is the next thing Colbert asks.
“If you watch it really carefully, and you send me a cheque in the mail,” says Carpenter, “I will tell you.”