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'The Thing' (2011) - a prequel to John Carpenter's film

The new film The Thing, due October 2011, is a prequel to the classic 1982 sci-fi / horror film starring Kurt Russell, which was in turn a remake of the 1951 film The Thing From Another World. The new The Thing, however, seeks to set itself apart in cleverness, inventiveness, and flat-out terrifying horror. It has quite a job cut out for itself, seeing as how the 1982 version may have scarred me for life. (Remember how the dog's face split, like a banana? 'Cause I do.)

The first trailer premiered almost a year ago, at the 2010 New York Comic Con. You can check out Shadowlocked's review of it here. I actually remember this, vividly, because the entire cast on the panel got out of their chairs to watch the trailer with the audience - they hadn't seen it prior to the event, as the trailer was only finished the evening before.

The Thing 2011 is a true prequel to the 1982 film, in that it describes the events that took place immediately prior to those depicted in the 1982 film. In fact, the 1982 film included so much information about the Norwegian scientists that the new film was described as being 'reverse-engineered' from the old one.

 

 

Scary, huh?

As a fan of the original 2 films, and a fan of many of the people on the team for the prequel, I can't wait to see this film!! The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, Live Free or Die Hard), Eric Christian Olsen (Fired Up!, Beerfest), and Joel Edgerton (Warrior); and is due for release on October 14, 2011.

See also:

The films of John Carpenter - in order of importance

The phenomenology of revisiting movies

19 strangely Christmassy sci-fi and horror movies

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Top 50 movies of the 1980s

Evolution of the Planet Of The Apes franchise

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