I'm in the camp that thinks John Carpenter's The Thing is one of the greatest science fiction horror movies ever made. Other than Ridley Scott's Alien, name another movie that manages to seamlessly blend strong character work from a massive ensemble cast, iconic alien creature design, sequences of nail-biting tension and suspense and enough grisly moments to make even the strongest stomach turn over a time or two. The Thing is a perfect movie -- 'nuff said.
So it's with some trepidation that I look forward to Matthijs van Heijningen's upcoming prequel to The Thing, titled, er, The Thing. At least fans of the original now have a day to look forward to and/or fear: April 29th, 2011.
We can count our blessings. This is not an out-and-out remake of The Thing, so we don't have to worry about it "tainting" the original (which was a remake itself, so whatever). It's also not a direct-to-DVD throwaway, but a real, honest to God theatrical motion picture with at least some weight thrown behind it. Part of me doesn't want to know exactly what went down between the Norwegian team and the shape-shifting, identity-stealing monster of the title, but as far as prequel concepts go, you could do a lot worse.
Blessings counted. How about an official synopsis?
"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."
(Via Coming Soon)