First Clip from THE THING Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton

     September 7, 2011

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The first clip from The Thing prequel is now available online. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, the film looks to explain what happened to the researchers found near the onset of John Carpenter’s 1982 classic of the same name. As a horror fan, I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while and, from the looks of this first clip, the pic seems to have a sense of humor while managing to make me weary of ice cubes.

Hit the jump to watch the clip and, if you haven’t already, make sure you check out our set visit coverage of the film by clicking here. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., The Thing hits theaters on October 14th.

Here’s the clip [from MTV]:

Here’s the official synopsis for The Thing:

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.

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