A lot of people still seem to be under the misapprehension that this fall's The Thing is a remake of John Carpenter's cult-classic sci-fi/horror thriller - not only because it has the same title, but also due to the virtually identical plots of the two films (namely, scientists in the Antarctic discover a chameleon-like parasite that kills them one by one).
The Thing trailer helped reverse misconceptions by revealing that this new movie actually revolves around the doomed Norwegian expedition that uncovered the titular extraterrestrial, prior to the events of Carpenter's 1982 film. However, the footage unveiled from the Thing prequel was also so similar to its predecessor that it left many people wondering whether the new movie would still feel like a remake (or, rather, a ripoff).
A clip from The Thing was released recently and it suggested that director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. will deliver much more of a standard horror flick (re: lots of jump scares) than Carpenter's creepily atmospheric psychological thriller. Needless to say, that wasn't viewed as a good thing.
However, the Thing creature is such an unusual and terrifying monster - one who can perfectly imitate any organism it comes into contact with - that the idea of getting to watch it stalk and terrorize people for a second time is probably tempting enough to keep most moviegoers interested in this prequel. Plus, there's also the question: Can the monster be as gruesome and disturbing as it was in Carpenter's film?
For an early look at the Thing's new form(s), check out the following TV spots for... The Thing, below:
Going off this new footage, it looks like the Thing in Heijningen's film will largely be brought to life via CGI (for better or for worse). However, Thing starlet Mary Elizabeth Winstead has confirmed that practical effects were used in the prequel - and that the monster will be "definitely terrifying and disgusting and just creepy as hell," like in Carpenter's movie (ex. remember this ghastly NSFW scene?). Obviously the green band trailers and TV spots for The Thing cannot show the alien in all its gory glory, but it's hard to not be a bit suspicious about Winstead's claim - if only because what we have seen so far has looks a bit fake and hokey.
The new TV spots once again hint that this Thing prequel will be a gory and violent cliché - rather than a nasty and psychologically terrifying experience like Carpenter's film was. All the same, it looks fittingly dark and gruesome, so maybe there's hope for this film yet... Maybe.
The Thing cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Oz, Lost), and Eric Christian Olsen (Community). It will open in U.S. theaters on October 14th, 2011.
Source: Universal Pictures