Red-Band Trailer for THE THING

     September 19, 2011


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.


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  • Droncz92

    I need to see a longer trailer. I say on this right now.

  • Jarvis

    If I’ve said it once…I’ve said it a thousand times…I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE!!!

    Huge fan of the Thing. Owned it on VHS, Laser, DVD, & now Blu-Ray & this looks in line to ride beside Carpenter’s.

    No…you can not replicate the atmosphere, suspense, or popular mechanics of the original…but this one appears to aim to please.

    Can’t wait.


    • wev


  • rbevanx

    CGI, Producers of Dawn of the Dead shoved on the trailer and we know they all die/fail already.


    • Angmal

      One of the things that gets my goat is the line ‘From The Producers Of Dawn Of The Dead’ – they mean the REMAKE of Dawn Of The Dead, surely? A redo of a film with the same title (which was a remake anyway) by people who only crank out remakes of perfectly good films? If you didn’t laugh you’d cry. Originality is dead.

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  • dogg

    I like that it’s not remake, so I won’t know the plot already. I’m also looking FORWARD to the CGI. Those kind of surreal, morphing effects lend themselves well to digital graphics a lot better than most other things.

    • solgazer

      I totally agree. I understand being concerned, but if done well, this is what CGI exists for. Doing that which cannot be done really well any other way. Making the unreal real.
      Done badly though – pooface.

      • Angmal

        Except they managed to do all of that thirty years ago with make-up and animatronics, and it still looks great. They’re using CGI now out of laziness.

    • wev

      What, really? I hope your being sarcastic. If you have sen the original and have a brain then the plot is damn obvious and you know what happens, i dont think its going to be a Tarentino film or anything. We know everyone from the norwegian base die and from the trailer it looks like its just ripping off Carpenters version scene for scene, apart from being smothered in cgi. Sorry but this is pointless.

      Also il think you will find it is a remake in disguise, it woudn’t just be called ‘The Thing’ otherwise would it, if it was a companion piece to the original film it would have a subtitle, go figure.

  • Drew

    I’ll see it only because Joel Edgerton is in it! He blew me away in “Warrior”.

  • Andrew Sanders

    Trailer looks good,…will def be catching this one!

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