The Thing

New trailer for the remake of The Thing

At first I was very sceptical when I heard about this. I mean, John Carpenter’s 1982 horror/sci-fi classic The Thing is one of my all-time favourite movies. And we all know that Hollywood is going overboard with their “remakes” and “reboots” and “prequels”. This new version of The Thing, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton doesn’t even seem to know what it is – I’ve heard it called a remake, reboot and prequel. In fact, the trailer at first suggests that this is just a complete remake, but then certain scenes hint at differences, and that it could be a prequel – like the original discovery of the alien species under the ice. I’ll let you decide.

Either way, I must confess though, the trailer does look pretty good and I’m pretty interested in watching this…

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One thought on “New trailer for the remake of The Thing”

  1. I’m a big fan of John Carpenter’s The Thing, and I can proudly say I own it on Blu-Ray. The film has aged well, especially the effects thanks to the brilliant prosthetics work.

    FYI, this version is a prequel. In the original, the movie begins with an Alaskan Malamute dog fleeing across the snow into the American Research station chased by Norwegian snipers, who turn out to be a crew of scientists who were responsible for the discovery of the alien. This prequel intends to depict the backstory surrounding the Norwegian team, and the events that led to their demise.

    I have to say I am pretty excited about the prospect of a prequel. It’s assuring that they are keeping consistency with the first film in regards to the story and look. I found Carpenter’s depiction of the Norwegian aftermath in the original mysterious and intriguing, and have always wondered how those particular events unfolded. There are plenty of opportunities for creative interpretation, and this trailer does instil hope that the filmmakers are taking that creative liberty in the right direction without retconning events. For example, the Alaskan Malamute is heavily featured in the trailer, and there’s also the Norwegian camp. It’s exciting for a number of reasons, and it will be interesting to see how they end the film especially since the original begins almost immediately after.

    It’s easy to see how most people will be confused whether it’s a remake, reboot etc. as the title of the prequel is also called “The Thing”, and certain aspects of the tech in the trailer as well as Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s very modern, 21st-century facial features suggests a movie that is set in the present time instead of the 1980’s. But it’s still too early to make these types of assumptions.

    I do admit I’m secretly hoping they will make a callback to Kurt Russell’s McCready character and his awesome beard ….

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