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The Thing prequel trailer arrives

TheThingPrequel.jpgThe prequel to The Thing has arrived, well in trailer format anyway, and it's looking pretty good. There are more traditional scares in here, quiet no one around, lead looking nervously about, then loud musical cue and frantic camera movement to scare the audience, it's old but they only happen a couple of times.

For the most part the trailer for The Thing prequel looks strong, takes lots from the original and seems to be very reverential. It's also doing us a big favour by not showing too much of the creature, something I hope lasts for a long time.

The Thing, you'll no doubt remember, is a John Carpenter classic that carries a great cast with Kurt Russell leading and is a remake itself of The Thing From Another World, a 1951 film. Carpenter's is a much better film thankfully, and in fact one of his best. It's a superb psychological horror with great sets, lighting, strong acting, very well done effects and powerful music, and a closing scene that is as classic as the film itself.

So remakes can be better than the original. Cleverly though, they decided not to remake it but tell the story of the prequel, for the opening shots of The Thing show Norwegians in a helicopter chasing down a dog for no apparent reason, and that's where this prequel will take us.

It's rather unusual for us to know the ending of a film before it's begun, but hopefully as Aerosmith always say, it's about the journey, not the destination.

That journey is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. from a script by Eric Heisserer, think A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, and the man behind the excellent Battlestar Galactica remake Ronald D. Moore, adapted from that original script way back from John W. Campbell Jr.

The story goes something like this:

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.

It has a strong cast too, as you can see Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are there with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and the excellent Ulrich Thomsen.

Let's get to the trailer from MSN which you can see below. I think on the whole it works well, but there's potential in there just to go down the standard horror scare route, and I really hope it doesn't do that. I'm still really curious to see how this film will work considering we know the ending already.



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