In 2011, there is nothing special about a sequel… or a prequel… or a remake… or a reboot… or making a movie out of a television program… or et cetera, et cetera, et cetera… What is unusual is making a prequel thirty years after a classic remake that was made thirty years after the original film of a slightly different title. What I am referring to is The Thing.
Originally, the movie was the classic 1951 sci-fi/horror film, The Thing from Another World… in 1982, John Carpenter brought a new found visceral quality (read: gory) to the classic story about an alien life force bound in ice, then unbound in the arctic and gave us the great image of a large hatted, whiskey swilling Kurt Russell in The Thing. Now, we get the story of the Norwegian science team that was found dead in the Carpenter version. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen in the Star Wars prequels) and a bunch of Scandinavian dudes who are a mystery to me, the trailer seems to follow a very similar story arc as the 1982 version and shares more than a little of the apparent tension and dread in this claustrophobic bit of horror.
The trailer seems to give away a bit more of the plot than I would have liked… but I’m hoping it’s nothing more than a taste of what’s to come. Not to mention Mary Elizabeth Winstead plus a flamethrower… I’m sold.
Not THAT Thing… THE Thing,
Cornelius J. Blahg