Man Is Still The Warmest Place To Hide. THE THING Trailer.

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Man Is Still The Warmest Place To Hide. THE THING Trailer.
To proclaim that John Carpenter's THE THING is one of the greatest horror films ever made would be an understatement for many. A commercial and a critical failure upon its release it later rose to become one of the kings of genre filmmaking. Stories about a sequel came and went for years, it managed to have a sequel in comic book form and much later as a computer game. But when the remake train got up to speed and Carpenter's films were being remade with various degrees of success (fuck you FOG remake) THE THING was snatched up and work went underway to try to emulate the best remake ever. Trying to hide the fact that this is not a remake but in fact a prequel, taking place in the Norwegian camp that encountered the alien creature first, they will never create anything else but a remake since the two camp's stories are exactly alike. We will see if some scenes are directly lifted from the original remake in the final release but judging by the trailer that was just released it smell awfully similar.

There are plenty of things that rub me the wrong way with this film but I have to wait and see. Meanwhile take a look at the trailer below.
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Sean "The Butcher" SmithsonJuly 14, 2011 3:55 PM

You beat me to it!

*double post...deleted*

GordonJuly 14, 2011 4:08 PM

Why do you keep referring to it as a remake and then finally acknowledge that it's not one, and that it's actually a prequel? That's almost as weird as calling your prequel the same name as the movie it's a prequel to.

DejanJuly 14, 2011 4:18 PM

From the looks of it, this variation on Carpenter's can't-touch-this THING is as much a prequel as DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) was a prequel to Romero's (1978). The relation is the same, the similarities/differences look the same, only the NEW-THINGers chose to call their half(ass)remake - a prequel, for some reason.

godsaremonstersJuly 14, 2011 4:28 PM

I think a prequel is a neat idea. I'd just like to see this movie do something to really differentiate itself from the first one. That trailer left me a little cold. Pun not intended. I am excited to see what they do with the creature effects as thats the one and only thing that in any way mars the original in modern viewings.

skinnyboy23July 14, 2011 4:36 PM

It is a Prequel and if you take a look at the script you will see only a few ideas from the first are in here, it mostly follows what happened at the Norwegian camp and yes it does tie in directly to Carpenter's Thing.
From some of the set visits they pretty much tried to use practical as much as the budget would allow but obviously there is CG(because CG IS cheaper then practical), the director was very adamant about keeping the look and feel of the 80's set to help with continuity of the movies.Yes I do concede that the trailer does lift some beats from the Carpenter film and maybe not be the best way to sell this to older fans that know 80's film.But that said you know you got the shivers seeing that block of ice in the Base and it matches exactly to the videos from the first one.

I do have high hopes for this and it is EXTREMELY violent(as written) so we will see how this plays out in the theaters, I want it to do very well so more creature feature Sci-Fi moves get made and we can get off this torture porn rollercoaster for horror films.

HKFanaticJuly 14, 2011 4:40 PM

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is drop dead gorgeous, but not even remotely believable as a paleontologist or as someone who could survive an alien attack. She should stick to playing unobtainable hipster chicks. As for this trailer - it looks like a Hollywood bait & switch. The producers will claim the film is a prequel to get hardcore fanboys in the theater, meanwhile it's mostly a shot-for-shot remake designed for the ADD-addled masses who weren't even born when Carpenter's film came out. Fucking hell.

brbro4July 14, 2011 6:02 PM

All we can really hope for is decent effects. We know the story already and even if it was a sequel the film would've probably been a retread of the same material. If they can deliver some nice thrills and creature effects I'll be satisfied.

SwarezJuly 14, 2011 6:09 PM

That's the thing. The Norwegian side of the story is exactly like the US side. Find monster, monster gets out, infects, they don't know who to trust and start killing each other.
I just hope they give nod to the original by showing what happened to the frozen corpses that Kurt Russell finds.

Jean-FrançoisJuly 14, 2011 6:45 PM

Well, all the girls have to die. There can only be two guys left at the end of the movie, and they have to go after that goddamn dog-thing. Or else it will just crap all over the continuity.

SaltonerJuly 14, 2011 11:18 PM

I think all the posts here say it quite clearly... This is as much of a prequel as Evil Dead 2 is a prequel to Evil Dead. Lame, with a capital L.

anémiqueJuly 15, 2011 9:19 AM

so its a remake disguised as a prequel disguised as originality.

Kurt HalfyardJuly 15, 2011 3:51 PM

I like Mary Elizabeth Winstead. I am curious to see if this comes out OK as a prequel/remake-hybrid. I doesn't look as godawful as those Platinum Dunes re-envisionings. I have a real soft-spot for winter-set horror films. Ergo, I will see this and disregard it as having direct connection to Carpenter's masterpiece.

Ard VijnJuly 15, 2011 8:08 PM

OK, I'm a big BIG fan of John Carpenter's original eh... remake, so let me make a few points here good, bad and possible.

-Dog gnawing at chicken wire: ugh... direct reference.
-"Someone here is not who he says he is": ugh... another direct reference.

Why are these points bad? Because the Norwegian base and the American base already look way much too same in this trailer, so to lift stuff that is rather iconic from the first movie which makes the two stories even MORE similar is ridiculous. There is no reason whatsoever why Mary's character utters the exact same phrase as Kurt's did.

-saucer stuff
-snow truck action

For the same reason. This differentiates the two tales.

As for those who say: "but you already know the two stories are similar", think again. Not all Norwegian bodies were accounted for, and I never saw a count of machinery. For all I know there is a second group of Norwegians who were hunting after another "Thing", manage to kill it, and return to their base a few days later discovering their chopper is missing, as is one of the Thing-corpses and the two guys guarding it. Then they take off with the saucer and nuke the American site from orbit ("it's the only way to make sure...").

I exaggerated with that last bit, but none of what I described above would have messed with continuity.

Or how about this: the Norwegians find the saucer, decipher its language and awaken The Thing. They manage to communicate with it, but some crooked Norwegians want to kill The Thing to steal and misuse its technology for their own advantage. Ten minutes before the end The Thing finds out about the Norwegians' nefarious plans and decides to wipe out all of humanity, leading to a battle with the Norwegian base and the beginning of Carpenter's film.

See? Again a totally different story without breaking continuity.

You can make an original prequel. I only thought these two things up just now, after having seen the trailer. There is absolutely no reason or excuse for making the prequel a remake.