I’m very excited to find a bona fide trailer for The Thing – no, not the 1982 John Carpenter film, but rather a new prequel to that particular horror classic. I know, it’s confusing to use the same title, but it could have been worse, had it been granted a typical Hollywood prequel title. Would you pay to see something called, say, “The Thing: The Freezing“?
This prequel is set just before Carpenter’s flick, and explains what happened at the Norwegian camp where the alien lifeform was actually discovered. (Carpenter fans will recall his movie opening with the Norwegian helicopter chasing the Thing in dog form.) The new film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof) as American paleontologist Kate Lloyd, who is called in to consult when Norway’s Antarctic researchers find some…thing really strange in the icepack.
The problem with this film, of course, is that everyone who has seen Carpenter’s production knows how this prequel must end… or do we? We only think we know what happened to the Norwegian team. But really, we only have the hints uncovered by Kurt Russell’s MacReady and co. There’s actually plenty of room for a good story. And this trailer makes the film look pretty creepy. Based on this, people might have to watch director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Look for Winstead in The Thing when it opens this October.