The prequel to the horror classic “The Thing” has been granted a trailer; my first impressions? Yeah, this looks pretty darn good. I love Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who seems to have, bits aside, the ‘Kurt Russell’ part this time ’round) and Joel Edgerton looks like he has a good role but mostly, this looks scary and, thankfully, not at all unlike Carpenter’s film. I’ve read that director Matthijs van Heijningen wanted to make a prequel that could be watched in a double-feature with the original.. as if it were one big film, like Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill : The Whole Bloody Affair”, and from the looks of this trailer the filmmaker might have succeeded. Still, jury’s out until “The Thing” is released in October.
Here’s the trailer, which premiered earlier today at MSN :
And here’s the official synopsis of the film :
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. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead).