Latest Movie News Headlines

Mary Elizabeth Winstead seems a little terrified in the trailer for The Thing prequel

Jul. 14, 2011by: Niki Stephens

Is there any possible way that you could ever top John Carpenter's 1982 horror, THE THING? Whether it be a remake, prequel, or sequel? One thing is for sure, it's definitely a gigantic feat.

The new trailer for Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s THE THING prequel has arrived. It looks decent enough and dare I say, entertaining. How will Mary Elizabeth Winstead hold up in the lead role? One things for sure, there's definitely a lack of Wilford Brimley.

Check out the trailer and synopsis below.

"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 theyre 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 crews 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."

Source: MSN Movies

Related Articles

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

4:53PM on 07/14/2011
Not looking terribly interesting. It's just another in the long line of [link] that are made for nothing more than to capitalize on a previously more successful movie's success. The Thing is easily John Carpenter's best film, with some of the best special effects ever put on screen, some exceptional acting, and a brilliant storyline. I doubt this will even come close.
Not looking terribly interesting. It's just another in the long line of [link] that are made for nothing more than to capitalize on a previously more successful movie's success. The Thing is easily John Carpenter's best film, with some of the best special effects ever put on screen, some exceptional acting, and a brilliant storyline. I doubt this will even come close.
Your Reply:



+2
4:55PM on 07/14/2011

How is this a prequel?

When they use multiple scenes from Carpenter's version? The exact same scenes happened to the Norwegians? What are the odds?!
When they use multiple scenes from Carpenter's version? The exact same scenes happened to the Norwegians? What are the odds?!
Your Reply:



5:09PM on 07/14/2011
But none of what happens to the Norwegians happens on screen. So if this follows that thread it is a prequel. I'm gonna guess this ends with a couple characters in a helicopter shooting at a dog... just a guess.
But none of what happens to the Norwegians happens on screen. So if this follows that thread it is a prequel. I'm gonna guess this ends with a couple characters in a helicopter shooting at a dog... just a guess.
5:01PM on 07/14/2011
Whenever I see shitty CGI in movies I think about The Thing and how super realistic everything looks with just practical graphics. Movie still holds up so well.
Whenever I see shitty CGI in movies I think about The Thing and how super realistic everything looks with just practical graphics. Movie still holds up so well.
Your Reply:



6:57PM on 07/14/2011
so true dude.. Ive watching it a million times & it still holds up.. Practical effect like that need to make a comeback.. The Blob remake in 88 had great effects just like the thing..
so true dude.. Ive watching it a million times & it still holds up.. Practical effect like that need to make a comeback.. The Blob remake in 88 had great effects just like the thing..
5:14PM on 07/14/2011
I agree that it holds up well enough, but the practical effects still look like effects, especially in HD.
I agree that it holds up well enough, but the practical effects still look like effects, especially in HD.
5:08PM on 07/14/2011
I want to like it. However, it seems like they go with the philosophy that bigger is better.
I want to like it. However, it seems like they go with the philosophy that bigger is better.
Your Reply:



5:21PM on 07/14/2011
Prequel my muscular buttocks there are scenes in this that are directly from Carpenter's version and Hawks' version.
Prequel my muscular buttocks there are scenes in this that are directly from Carpenter's version and Hawks' version.
Your Reply:



5:43PM on 07/14/2011
Yea, if you want to top "The Thing", have John Carpenter make a sequel with Kurt Russell and Keith David.
Yea, if you want to top "The Thing", have John Carpenter make a sequel with Kurt Russell and Keith David.
Your Reply:



5:46PM on 07/14/2011

Sweet...

Prob won't top carpenters, nothing ever could. Some scenes were straight out of carpenters film too, even some dialogue was taking straight from his movie too. When she yells BURN IT!!! But this looks like it should be a faithful remake of remake. LOL.
Prob won't top carpenters, nothing ever could. Some scenes were straight out of carpenters film too, even some dialogue was taking straight from his movie too. When she yells BURN IT!!! But this looks like it should be a faithful remake of remake. LOL.
Your Reply:



+5
5:47PM on 07/14/2011
I haven't read the script or anything, but this looks like pretty much the exact same story as Carpenter's. And since the title is just "The Thing," and nothing in this trailer tries to tie it to the earlier film, there's not much that could make you call this a prequel, besides the fact that it takes place at the Norwegian camp (with at least two Americans, conveniently).

It's kind of a strange decision on the filmmakers' part, but it does remind me of Singer's "Superman" - lines and story
I haven't read the script or anything, but this looks like pretty much the exact same story as Carpenter's. And since the title is just "The Thing," and nothing in this trailer tries to tie it to the earlier film, there's not much that could make you call this a prequel, besides the fact that it takes place at the Norwegian camp (with at least two Americans, conveniently).

It's kind of a strange decision on the filmmakers' part, but it does remind me of Singer's "Superman" - lines and story elements lifted directly from the original Superman, but supposedly a sequel to Superman II.

Anyway, this looks like it would be fun, but Carpenter's "The Thing" is just so awesome that there is no reason for anyone who owns that movie to go see this one.
Your Reply:



5:47PM on 07/14/2011

Looks pretty good to me

I just saw Carpenter's The Thing for the first time the other day and was blown away. Although this does look sort of like a copy and paste job, it still looks like a pretty decent flick. I love the ominous score at the end of the trailer too. I'll check it out.

And Mary Elizabeth Winstead is mad hot too.
I just saw Carpenter's The Thing for the first time the other day and was blown away. Although this does look sort of like a copy and paste job, it still looks like a pretty decent flick. I love the ominous score at the end of the trailer too. I'll check it out.

And Mary Elizabeth Winstead is mad hot too.
Your Reply:



5:53PM on 07/14/2011
Not feeling it. This looks a bit generic, and doesn't come close to capturing the ominous and tense mood of the 1982 one.
Not feeling it. This looks a bit generic, and doesn't come close to capturing the ominous and tense mood of the 1982 one.
Your Reply:



6:18PM on 07/14/2011
Don't get too hung up on the 'same scenes' meme. Watching JC's original we know the Norwegians had many of the same experiences. Flamethrowers, dogs, distrust. My main concern however is that the trailer hits a lot of generic beats 'found this thing, we're gonna be famous,' etc. that the original deliberately avoided. But the look of the footage was solid, I like that they stepped up the scale a bit, and I get the feeling that Mary Liz Winstead 'gets it.' What sucks though is that, as with
Don't get too hung up on the 'same scenes' meme. Watching JC's original we know the Norwegians had many of the same experiences. Flamethrowers, dogs, distrust. My main concern however is that the trailer hits a lot of generic beats 'found this thing, we're gonna be famous,' etc. that the original deliberately avoided. But the look of the footage was solid, I like that they stepped up the scale a bit, and I get the feeling that Mary Liz Winstead 'gets it.' What sucks though is that, as with many prequels, we know the ending all too well.
Your Reply:



+7
6:18PM on 07/14/2011
There are too many scenes that look familiar to John Carpenter's The Thing that makes it look like a remake then a prequel which is annoying
There are too many scenes that look familiar to John Carpenter's The Thing that makes it look like a remake then a prequel which is annoying
Your Reply:



+2
6:21PM on 07/14/2011
Definitely a remake not a prequel.
Definitely a remake not a prequel.
Your Reply:



6:50PM on 07/14/2011
nah, its a prequel.. they just stayed very true to the original in the look of it..
nah, its a prequel.. they just stayed very true to the original in the look of it..
6:40PM on 07/14/2011

Lame

One of the charms of the original was the all male cast, something that's really never done anymore.

Now we have another scream queen portraying female empowerment fantasies. This theme is sooooooooo played.
One of the charms of the original was the all male cast, something that's really never done anymore.

Now we have another scream queen portraying female empowerment fantasies. This theme is sooooooooo played.
Your Reply:



6:51PM on 07/14/2011
As a big fan of Carpenter's classic, I share a lot of the concerns voiced here but, it has got me curious and it does look entertaining as long as not expected to compare to Carpenter's. I'll see it in October and reserve my opinion till then.
As a big fan of Carpenter's classic, I share a lot of the concerns voiced here but, it has got me curious and it does look entertaining as long as not expected to compare to Carpenter's. I'll see it in October and reserve my opinion till then.
Your Reply:



+2
6:53PM on 07/14/2011

awesome

Staying close to the original look is a good thing.. most prequels or sequels that are made dont have the same look or follow the same source material which i believe is more annoying & frustration.. This movie looks great.. I just hope some how they add footage from the beginning of part one & put it into the end of this prequel...
Staying close to the original look is a good thing.. most prequels or sequels that are made dont have the same look or follow the same source material which i believe is more annoying & frustration.. This movie looks great.. I just hope some how they add footage from the beginning of part one & put it into the end of this prequel...
Your Reply:



7:04PM on 07/14/2011
Reminds me more of Alien Vs. Predator than Carpenter's film.
Reminds me more of Alien Vs. Predator than Carpenter's film.
Your Reply:



7:37PM on 07/14/2011
A) Drained of terror
B) People in parkas being dragged off screen
C) All of the above
A) Drained of terror
B) People in parkas being dragged off screen
C) All of the above
7:09PM on 07/14/2011
Honestly the only thing that ever stuck out in my mind about The Thing that I loved were the creature effects. It reminded me of the days when film makers used their heads to figure out how to get a great creature creation/effect and not just say fuck it, we'll use CGI
Honestly the only thing that ever stuck out in my mind about The Thing that I loved were the creature effects. It reminded me of the days when film makers used their heads to figure out how to get a great creature creation/effect and not just say fuck it, we'll use CGI
Your Reply:



+7
7:13PM on 07/14/2011
The only thing that is off is that these norwegians are speaking english, which is done in order to avoid subtitles..lol.. but i hope they have at least 2 norwegians that dont speak english who will be the 2 norwegians that chase the dog in part 1..
The only thing that is off is that these norwegians are speaking english, which is done in order to avoid subtitles..lol.. but i hope they have at least 2 norwegians that dont speak english who will be the 2 norwegians that chase the dog in part 1..
Your Reply:



7:59PM on 07/14/2011
What the???
What the???
7:48PM on 07/14/2011
Except that scene will be restructured with a penguin, a snowmobile, and a rocket launcher.
Except that scene will be restructured with a penguin, a snowmobile, and a rocket launcher.
-5
7:36PM on 07/14/2011
Remember in Carpenter's version how everyone was dragged away by unseen monsters? Remember how scary that was? Remember how Kurt Russel and Keith David had clones of themselves in the Norwegian installation? Remember how this new movie is too derivative as well as formulaic to the point of boredom?
Remember in Carpenter's version how everyone was dragged away by unseen monsters? Remember how scary that was? Remember how Kurt Russel and Keith David had clones of themselves in the Norwegian installation? Remember how this new movie is too derivative as well as formulaic to the point of boredom?
Your Reply:



9:52PM on 07/14/2011
@Fox Mulder: It went right over your head, didn't it? You clearly have no idea who is in this movie. My comment is sarcastic. This new movie has 2 characters with an irrational resemblance to Kurt and Keith.
@Fox Mulder: It went right over your head, didn't it? You clearly have no idea who is in this movie. My comment is sarcastic. This new movie has 2 characters with an irrational resemblance to Kurt and Keith.
7:53PM on 07/14/2011
Umm what movie did you see??? I'm pretty damn sure there was never a clone of Keith David or Kurt Russell in the Norwegian camp.
Umm what movie did you see??? I'm pretty damn sure there was never a clone of Keith David or Kurt Russell in the Norwegian camp.
7:43PM on 07/14/2011

From the producers of Dawn of the Dead indeed

I love BOTH Dawn of the Dead films. This trailer doesn't look like the train wreck I was expecting. It looks like a First Class, remake, prequel, reinterpretation. It's a good trailer.
I love BOTH Dawn of the Dead films. This trailer doesn't look like the train wreck I was expecting. It looks like a First Class, remake, prequel, reinterpretation. It's a good trailer.
Your Reply:



-7
7:47PM on 07/14/2011
LOL you guys :) Thumbs Up is the green button.
LOL you guys :) Thumbs Up is the green button.
Your Reply:



8:05PM on 07/14/2011
Is it just me or does Mary Elizabeth Winstead look a bit like Kurt Russell in this trailer? The jacket, the hair...
Is it just me or does Mary Elizabeth Winstead look a bit like Kurt Russell in this trailer? The jacket, the hair...
Your Reply:



8:28PM on 07/14/2011
Fact: Both Kurt Russel and Mary Liz Winstead were in Death Proof. Why some people hate that movie is mystifying to me. The characters you love kick ass, the characters you hate die, great music, and the greatest car chase ever filmed.
Fact: Both Kurt Russel and Mary Liz Winstead were in Death Proof. Why some people hate that movie is mystifying to me. The characters you love kick ass, the characters you hate die, great music, and the greatest car chase ever filmed.
Your Reply:



6:31AM on 07/15/2011
I wanted to say the exact opposite of Theorendil. I loved the first part. The bar, the atmosphere the actors, the music. But I hated the second part. Stupid dialogues, bad action and Zoe Bell...Too bad it really could have been a great movie. Read the script for Django unchained though and it's awesome!
I wanted to say the exact opposite of Theorendil. I loved the first part. The bar, the atmosphere the actors, the music. But I hated the second part. Stupid dialogues, bad action and Zoe Bell...Too bad it really could have been a great movie. Read the script for Django unchained though and it's awesome!
4:08AM on 07/15/2011
The problem my friend is that you spend almost an hour watching the characters you hate drink in a bar and talk about nothing... An hour during which ABSOLUTELY NOTHING happens! Now granted, the second part of the movie kicks ass, but the first... Well, the less said about it the better... It's like if the opening kill in a slasher movie took up half it's god damn running time! What really gets me is that QT doesn't even tried to connect the two parts of Death Proof! For example, Rosario
The problem my friend is that you spend almost an hour watching the characters you hate drink in a bar and talk about nothing... An hour during which ABSOLUTELY NOTHING happens! Now granted, the second part of the movie kicks ass, but the first... Well, the less said about it the better... It's like if the opening kill in a slasher movie took up half it's god damn running time! What really gets me is that QT doesn't even tried to connect the two parts of Death Proof! For example, Rosario Dawson's character could have been Sydney Poitier's sister or something, that would make the first part less pointless. Oh, it would still be boring, mind you, but not COMPLETELY pointelss!
8:38PM on 07/14/2011

Uncle Owen and Mr. Eko!

I wanna put my Thing in Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
I wanna put my Thing in Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Your Reply:



+5
8:59PM on 07/14/2011
John Carpenter's was a classic, this most certainly will not be....
John Carpenter's was a classic, this most certainly will not be....
Your Reply:



1:55AM on 07/16/2011
remake or not its still a classic
remake or not its still a classic
4:02PM on 07/15/2011
really? cuz john carpenter's was also a remake!
really? cuz john carpenter's was also a remake!
10:17PM on 07/14/2011
I wont reserve any judgement on the final product until they release but that was an interesting trailer. They kept the effects on the downlow and they are using psychological fear instead of effects which makes for a more enjoyable movie experience. As for ties to the prequal there is definately some resemblence despite what people say. The only thing that seems to not be there is some of the original cast which in this case is a bonus.
I wont reserve any judgement on the final product until they release but that was an interesting trailer. They kept the effects on the downlow and they are using psychological fear instead of effects which makes for a more enjoyable movie experience. As for ties to the prequal there is definately some resemblence despite what people say. The only thing that seems to not be there is some of the original cast which in this case is a bonus.
Your Reply:



10:33PM on 07/14/2011

In what way is this a prequel??

This looks like a shitty reimagining. But to sway people from the hate of remakes they call it a prequel.

Also, the shitty CGI claw at the end is the reason I will not be seeing this. If they used classic effects with little to no cgi I would def give it a chance because of the nostalgic factor. But they ruin it by making the monster look fake and glossy.
This looks like a shitty reimagining. But to sway people from the hate of remakes they call it a prequel.

Also, the shitty CGI claw at the end is the reason I will not be seeing this. If they used classic effects with little to no cgi I would def give it a chance because of the nostalgic factor. But they ruin it by making the monster look fake and glossy.
Your Reply:



+11
10:57PM on 07/14/2011
Hard to watch without good ol' Kurt.
Hard to watch without good ol' Kurt.
Your Reply:



+1
10:58PM on 07/14/2011
Why can't they call it something else...Before The Thing..or something I dunno.
Why can't they call it something else...Before The Thing..or something I dunno.
Your Reply:



+4
11:09PM on 07/14/2011
Wow, it looks exactly like the original, except with Mary Elizabeth Winstead in place of Kurt Russell. Awesome.
Wow, it looks exactly like the original, except with Mary Elizabeth Winstead in place of Kurt Russell. Awesome.
Your Reply:



11:28PM on 07/14/2011

...

Huge fan of Carpenters The Thing, favorite horror movie just behind DOTD and this looks... actually cool. Now I'm confused is this a prequel or another remake of the original (ICFOS)? I also loved how they added the theme in the ending...chills.
Huge fan of Carpenters The Thing, favorite horror movie just behind DOTD and this looks... actually cool. Now I'm confused is this a prequel or another remake of the original (ICFOS)? I also loved how they added the theme in the ending...chills.
Your Reply:



1:41AM on 07/15/2011
I believe/hope this still is a prequel to Carpenter's.
This trailer however is aimed more to entice random cinema goers to see the film. Hence, focusing more on the meat and bones plot devices and suspenseful tone rather than the expansion and intricate weaving of plot details drawn from Carpenter's film.
Hopefully more details will drop for the hardcore set soon.
At least that's the way I took the trailer.
I believe/hope this still is a prequel to Carpenter's.
This trailer however is aimed more to entice random cinema goers to see the film. Hence, focusing more on the meat and bones plot devices and suspenseful tone rather than the expansion and intricate weaving of plot details drawn from Carpenter's film.
Hopefully more details will drop for the hardcore set soon.
At least that's the way I took the trailer.
2:19AM on 07/15/2011
hmm? looks good, but I'm not convinced until I see what the thing actually looks like. I wanna see if it's as creepy looking as the original.
hmm? looks good, but I'm not convinced until I see what the thing actually looks like. I wanna see if it's as creepy looking as the original.
Your Reply:



4:07AM on 07/15/2011
The thing that I love about the original is the effects. Of course, they're not going to do practical effects...but this looked far too CG heavy for my taste. I'll still watch it but my hopes aren't high.
The thing that I love about the original is the effects. Of course, they're not going to do practical effects...but this looked far too CG heavy for my taste. I'll still watch it but my hopes aren't high.
Your Reply:



4:33AM on 07/15/2011
Well... at least it's R. That's about all I can say positive about this remake. It appears to bring nothing new to the table except CGI. Bring back the puppets!
Well... at least it's R. That's about all I can say positive about this remake. It appears to bring nothing new to the table except CGI. Bring back the puppets!
Your Reply:



-2
8:50AM on 07/15/2011
looks pretty awesome to me!! could have been alot worse.
looks pretty awesome to me!! could have been alot worse.
Your Reply:



11:04AM on 07/15/2011
I don't know if I've ever watched a trailer for a film that made me more angry at what I was seeing and what it calls itself...

a Prequel? No, there is nothing there that didn't scream an almost shot for shot, plot to plot remake of the original.

Will I watch it? Out of curiosity, probably.

I don't know if I've ever watched a trailer for a film that made me more angry at what I was seeing and what it calls itself...

a Prequel? No, there is nothing there that didn't scream an almost shot for shot, plot to plot remake of the original.

Will I watch it? Out of curiosity, probably.

Your Reply:



4:04PM on 07/15/2011
i'll see this. it doesnt look bad at all. people some people seem to forget, or not know that john carpenter's "THING" is also a remake.. so you people that are calling carpenter's version the original. You're dead wrong.
i'll see this. it doesnt look bad at all. people some people seem to forget, or not know that john carpenter's "THING" is also a remake.. so you people that are calling carpenter's version the original. You're dead wrong.
Your Reply:



6:56PM on 07/15/2011
this looks pretty good ill check it out. ill check out the original first of course.
this looks pretty good ill check it out. ill check out the original first of course.
Your Reply:



12:38AM on 07/16/2011

and one THING..

..that made carpenters version so great was muthafakin KURT RUSSEL and KEITH DAVID.
im sure their all decent actors/actresses, but none are on par with those two.

..that made carpenters version so great was muthafakin KURT RUSSEL and KEITH DAVID.
im sure their all decent actors/actresses, but none are on par with those two.

Your Reply:



10:54AM on 07/16/2011
Only going to see this with the slight hope that it might be good. I dont have much faith in it though. I think that real fanboys of Carpenters The Thing are going to be disappointed. I think I saw some CGI in there too. Don't like that either...
Only going to see this with the slight hope that it might be good. I dont have much faith in it though. I think that real fanboys of Carpenters The Thing are going to be disappointed. I think I saw some CGI in there too. Don't like that either...
Your Reply:



3:41PM on 07/16/2011
Mary Elizabeth Winstead's role seems similar to a Sigorny Weaver role in Alien.
Seems like it has potential.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead's role seems similar to a Sigorny Weaver role in Alien.
Seems like it has potential.
Your Reply:



1:47AM on 07/17/2011
It's the same F****NG movie!!! I am SO mad. SO, SO MAD.
It's the same F****NG movie!!! I am SO mad. SO, SO MAD.
Your Reply:



5:51PM on 07/19/2011
I agree, same movie and its no prequel, looks alright in general but one of the things that really made the 1st one so good was there was only a cast of males! meaning tough as nails film!
I agree, same movie and its no prequel, looks alright in general but one of the things that really made the 1st one so good was there was only a cast of males! meaning tough as nails film!