• Party in the back: Kurt Russell in 'Big Trouble in Little China'
Kurt Russell's mullet, this is your life.
Jessica Ellicott

6 Jul 2016 - 12:27 PM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2018 - 4:47 PM

The party going on at the back of Kurt Russell's head is one of the longest-running parties in recorded history, with film historians dating its origins back to as early as 1975. 

In honour of SBS Viceland's screening of The Thing (and no, that's not a direct reference to the mullet), we're taking a look back at the evolution of the follicular phenomenon that is his ever-changing mullet, from the humble '70s Disney daytime movie beginnings, the '80s glory days, all the way to its welcome revival in the Tarantino era.


The Strongest Man in the World (1975)


Escape from New York (1981)


The Thing (1982)

See it for yourself Wednesday 29 August


Big Trouble in Little China (1986)



Overboard (1987)


Captain Ron (1992)


Escape from L.A. (1996)


Vanilla Sky (2001)


Death Proof (2007)




The Thing

SBS VICELAND, Wednesday 29 Auguts, 8.30pm

USA, 1982
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley
What's it about?
U.S. Outpost #31, Antarctica, 1982 – Twelve men are commissioned to gather physical and natural science data. It is the dead of winter. With six months of darkness ahead of them, they uncover the find of the century. Of a thousand centuries. If only they could put it back.

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