When I first heard that there was going to be a “prequel” to John Carpenter’s classic Sci-Fi horror film The Thing, and that it would detail the events that happened at the Swedish science camp visited by the characters in Carpenter’s film, I wasn’t 100% convinced that it was a good idea.
OK, I’ll be honest, I thought it was a horrible idea!
But now, after seeing the first trailer for the film (which has been pushed around so much in the release schedules I honestly began to wonder if we’d ever see it anyway) I might just have to change my mind, as they do seem to have gone all out to not only be careful not to contradict the events that happened in the original film (which is going to follow this chronologically) but also live up to it’s legacy.
Before I share the trailer with you, here’s the synopsis:
Palaeontologist 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.
Now check out the trailer below:
Told you it looked surprisingly good! I got a real feel of the originals isolation & paranoia from this trailer, so I now have hope that it will be a worthy film in it’s own right as well as a decent companion to the original.
The Thing is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and is set to be released by Universal Pictures in the UK on 14th October 2011.