‘The Thing’ Teaser Trailer: A Familiarly Creepy Horror Flick

Published 4 years ago by , Updated October 5th, 2011 at 3:55 pm,

The Thing 2011 trailer The Thing Teaser Trailer: A Familiarly Creepy Horror Flick

A lot of people are still confused about just what The Thing is. No, we don’t mean the shape-shifting alien monster that can take on the form of seemingly any living thing it comes into contact with. By now, people are all too familiar with the iconic creature of John Carpenter’s 1982 film. In fact, the use of defibrillators has never been the same since that movie came out (neither has the old game of “bind your friends to the couch”).

No, what we mean is: a lot of people are still confused about what this MOVIE, The Thing, is. Is it a prequel, a remake, a reboot? Surf the Web enough and you can find people complaining about it under all three labels.

The truth of the matter is that this 2011 version of The Thing is actually a prequel to Carpenter’s 1982 version, which was itself a remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, which was itself an adaptation of the 1938 novella “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr. For those paying attention: that makes this new film a prequel to a remake of an adaptation.

And who says Hollywood isn’t original anymore: where else can you find the backstory of a copy of an interpretation?

But I digress.

In this prequel, we learn how a team of scientists (including some familiar Norwegians) first discovered the dreaded alien Thing in the ice of Antarctica, and were [Fake Spoiler Alert] subsequently wiped out by it – leading into the events depicted in Carpenter’s film.

Check out the teaser trailer for The Thing below, courtesy of MSN:


The vibe in that trailer is a welcome return to the creepy and ominous tone of Carpenter’s film (right down to the iconic music, which producers told us would still be used in this new film). That all said, this movie is still facing the massive challenge of having to overcome “prequelitis,” which is defined by no official dictionary as being a condition whereby, “the predetermined ending of the story makes a film feel overly contrived and ultimately unsatisfying.” Unless this prequel also has a reboot component built into it – i.e., showing us a part of the story we were unaware of before, thereby offering new opportunities for sequels – then this is really just going to be a sci-fi/horror snuff film.

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Yet, there are a contingent of horror fans (myself included) who will enjoy the simple pleasure of getting to play in Carpenter’s Thing universe again, if only for the span of a small body count. Facing danger this time are actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim), Eric Christina Olsen (Community), Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Ulrich Thomsen (Hitman), Jonathan Walker (Traitor) and a host of Norwegian actors (who will be speaking their native language, to boot). The movie is directed by former commercial director Matthijs van Heijningen.

The Thing will be in theaters on October 14, 2011.

Source: MSN

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  1. carpenters thing is my favourite horror film of all time. ive long wondered why there wasnt a sequel. yes this does look like a lot of scenes have been recreated from the original. maybe it will lull me into a false sense of security, before hitting me with a couple of plot twists,ie more than one thing, somebody escapes etc.
    that they have kept morricones foreboding score has made my day too, as has the news that its R rated.
    I have faith in this movie, hopefully it will start a franchise, where we can move away from the comparisons with the original.
    i cant see this being made as a one shot quasi-prequel-reboot.

    • They still need to tell us what happened at the end of remake with Kurt Russell. You cant have more ovies with the setting in Anarctica with the premise being stop this thing before it gets to general population. How about show us this thing in its true form. it couldve been alien to the crew that crashed its space craft. so we wont know, and they cant keep going back in time. so the prequel with a female as the lead is lame and we all know they all will die at the end when this thing finishes them off and goes to sleep in the ice waiting for Kurt Russell to dig him out.

      • I appreciate your trying to think this through but the best advice I can give you is read the Novella and then think of the possibilities. Doing otherwise will shortchange your enjoyment factor…

  2. Well as Paul Harvey always said; And now the rest of the story… The original Carpenter work doesn’t quite tell the whole story and their is a possible continuation in there if their willing to explore it.

    Whatever you label it the original subject matter is being revisited, obviously because of its popularity gained over the years. You know believe it or not some people in Hollywood love movies too. Scott is returning to one of his works, “Alien” I think partially because he wants to return to that world and give us another look at it. He’s going a different route than this effort but like this effort we get another view from that world. Like most efforts built around another, some intersection is possible if not necessary. For a long time many have wanted some more work on this property to come out. You had a PC game that attempted to push the story in a forward direction. Many fans have written and or storyboarded different aspects of “The rest of the story.” Their’s a certain level of risk to take a story like this and press forward. I’m as skeptical as the next person but unwilling to dismiss it at this time solely because it looks familiar, after all I’ve visited many favorite places more than once in my lifetime…

  3. Def a prequel and kind of cool because even back to JC’s Thing there was a big mystery with the Norwegian crew that first found the alien. Of course it will be similar because it is in the same setting and JC set the perfect tone for the last movie movie so it will be a template for this new release. Cant wait!

  4. I don’t know, from the trailer it looks like it has the same feel as the Friday the 13th reboot. I mean, compare the original trailer with this one; the first offered the breakdown of a group because of an alien that imitated what it killed. This one… in my opinion, at least, looks like it has a slasher film feel to it.

    That being said, I’ll try anything once.

  5. Yes, this is a prequel, and yes we all know that everyone dies in the end, but this will answer all of those questions that the first film left out. I can’t wait to go see it, and I do hope they remake the remake of the original adaptation. (say that three times)

    “1982 version, which was itself a remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, which was itself an adaptation of the 1938 novella “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr.”