I want to warm up to the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing but there are still a few hurdles it has yet to clear. As you’ll see in this new red-band trailer, the reliance on CGI effects is somewhat distracting and in some ways diminishes the brutality of the original when hands broke apart and you could feel every bone snap. There’s also the issue of the plot. I’ve been told that this is not a remake but part of one giant movie since where it ends is exactly where the 1982 film of the same name picks up. However, judging by the trailers, it still has the same overarching plot: alien infects, takes the form of scientists, kills everyone off one-by-one and the audience wonders who’s human and who’s about to explode into phantasmagoria. Thankfully, I’ve heard from one person who’s seen and they liked it. Hopefully I’ll feel the same way.
Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton. The Thing opens October 14th.
Click over to IGN to see the trailer in HD.
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. The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name.