If you thought things were hard for Ramon Flowers when Scott Pilgrim was on her mind, she now has something a lot bigger and nastier to deal with. Universal Pictures have released the first official trailer for THE THING Prequel, based on the classic John Carpenter horror which was also called THE THING! Depending on your expectation levels this movie may look like your generic, bog standard monster flick, which will mean you’re disappointed already. From the other perspective this prequel is long overdue and this looks like creepy, edge of the seat stuff that does seem to have lashings of scary moments; which would fit in the 1982 version easily.
This movie was originally set for release in 2010 but delayed for reshoots as well a chance for the designers to clean up any CGI work. Fingers crossed this movie hasn’t been hit by the dreaded ‘delay’ omen which several movies in the past few years have been struck down with, resulting in a poor box office return (The Wolfman anyone?). In an era where the majority of movies are either sequels, prequels, reboots (or comic book movies) does THE THING merit a prequel? I would say yes, simply due to the way the 1982 movie started leaving a big gap as to what happened to The Norwegians; plus why was Kurt Russell chasing a husky?
THE THING stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen and Eric Christian Olsen, Directed by newcomer Matthis van Heijningen Jr and will be released in UK &Ireland from October 14th.
Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.
Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.
When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.