News: First Trailer For THE THING Is Here...

Written by Kris Heys Friday, 15 July 2011

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The excellent poster debuted just the other day, now let's check out the first trailer...

Here's the Official Synopsis:

"Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller THE THING, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.

When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

THE THING serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (DAWN OF THE DEAD)."

They might be calling it a prelude, but this project was originally touted as a flat-out remake - and from the trailer you'd have zero idea is wasn't just that. Flamethrower: check. Kurt Russell-esque beards: check. Same title: check. Exact same flippin' plot: check! Also a little alarmed at the lack of practical effects on show here, really hope this doesn't turn into a CG-fest. But I must admit it was cool to hear that little piece of Carpenter's original score at the end there.

I was seriously excited about this earlier... but overall the trailer's left me a little wary. If there's a scene where they stick hot wire into a petri dish containing a dash of their own blood then I'm OUT!

Expe ct a little more fanboy controversy when THE THING invades cinemas this October.

What did you guys think of the trailer? Let everybody know with your comments below!

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0 #2 J.D. Gillam 2011-07-20 20:08
And herein lies the problem with prequels. We already know from Carpenter's 1982 classic that the Norweigan team all bought it. So where's the suspense?
0 #1 Martin Unsworth 2011-07-15 17:05
It does look like they're just doing a re-tread sadly, because it was beginning to look promising. The Morricone sting at the end was a nice nod, but it might not be enough to get us all on board!

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