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The Kennel-Thing is a minor antagonist in the 1982 American horror film The Thing.

After being taken in by the crew of the American outpost and placed in the kennel with the other sled dogs, the Kennel-Thing rapidly mutates and attempts to assimilate their biomass.

Appearance

The Kennel-Thing is a large bulbous mass of flesh and organs that possesses a slimy, dog-like head on the end of a long neck. Erupting from this mass are several intestine-like tentacles used to assimilate prey. The main mass also has several spider-like legs and a few canine legs sticking out haphazardly.

Eventually the Kennel-Thing grows two reptilian hands from its back, as well as several human eyes on its torso. The Kennel-Thing also opens a fleshy orifice on its torso, revealing a "flower" with dog tongue petals on the end of a long stalk.

Powers and Abilities

The Kennel-Thing possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Mimicry
  • Teeth
  • Corrosive spit
  • Tentacles

Fate

The Kennel-Thing is killed after Childs burns it alive.

Trivia

  • Chronologically in-universe, the Kennel-Thing first appears in the film's prequel, 2011's The Thing.

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