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The Thing prequel rated R for "strong creature violence and gore"

06.01.2011by: Alex DiVincenzo

We haven't heard much about THE THING, Universal's prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic of the same name, in the last six months or so. While we await more as the October 14 release date draws closer, the Classification And Rating Administration reports that the film has received its rating:

Rated R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language.

Strong creature violence and gore? Sign me up! The flick is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. off a script by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (below), Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Christian Olsen, Ulrich Thomsen and Kim Bubbs.

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.

Extra Tidbit: How do you feel about this one?
Source: CARA

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