Supposedly, The Thing, due in theaters on October 14, 2011, is not a remake of John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror movie of the same name, but rather a prequel. Odd, though, since the trailer basically feels and seems like the same…exact…movie. And that’s what producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman want with The Thing. They want to remake the movie without slapping John Carpenter in the face, so what you see from director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is the same tale, just with different players and set three days prior to the events of the 1982 version. The only thing missing is crappy creature effects and the tedious, porn-ish, one note score from Mr. Carpenter himself.
I’m not sure what to think about The Thing, to be honest. I love Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and I’m really starting to like Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom and the soon-to-be-released Warrior), but I’m not sure I can fully embrace what’s shown to me in this two and a half minute preview. I’m crossing my fingers, because I like scary movies, but my instincts tell me this is a flop.
Check out the trailer for The Thing below and give me your take. Have you seen John Carpenter’s version?