The flamethrower is a mechanical incendiary device designed to project a long, controllable stream of fire. The iconic weapon first appears in the 1982 film The Thing and is frequently used throughout the various films, comic-books and video-games to incinerate the Thing.


The Thing (Video-game)

In the 2002 video-game, The Thing, a flamethrower is the only way for players to kill large, self-repairing Thing Beasts. Utilizing the same fuel canisters as the blowtorch, the weapon ignites friends and foes alike and can also be used to create fire walls which can be used to pen enemy targets. The weapon can be found in the Thule Station in a box in the kitchen and on a dead man behind the weather station. It can also be located in the Strata Medical Laboratory armory, Strata Furnace and Weapon Security.


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  • The flamethrower provides the concept for the 2011 mobile shooter game developed by Metaio, The Thing - Flame Thrower.
  • It is strange that a flamethrower would be used by occupiers of bases in Antarctica , especially that all of bases based in Antarctica are scientific, the flamethrowers normally being military equipment. It is possible that the flamethrowers are used to thaw the locations of bases that were attacked by frost and snow at the basis.

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