Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Thing

For those that know me, they might think this is about to be a post about my car. Alas, no.

Instead, it's a trailer for the upcoming October 14th release of The Thing, a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name.

In fact, let's start with a trailer for the original, clearly ripped directly from VHS:

I don't want to give anything away about the original, but if you speak Norwegian, you might want to mute the first few minutes of the film. For those of you who've seen the film, yes the crazy Norwegian guy trying to kill the dog is saying exactly what you think he's saying and is thus giving away the film's initial plot points. After watching the trailer to the prequel, I have to wonder why he wasn't speaking English, when it would appear the entire Norwegian research station does, but maybe that guy doesn't. Here's the preview for the prequel:

The original is a classic style, crap-your-pants, monster-horror story set in an Antarctic research facility. I knew a guy once who had spent some time working as an astronomer at the South Pole (yes, that South Pole). He wintered there a few times. According to him, once the last plane had left for the season, and they were all trapped there until spring, they'd make all the first-timers go to the TV lounge and watch The Thing. You've got to love that.

In any case, the prequel is set to give us the story of the Norwegian research station that our heroes in the original go tour. Yes, we will see what caused all that flaming wreckage and finally get the answer to the question of how the body with the slit wrists and throat came to be that way. I hope it's good, but even if it's not, it's a good excuse to go back and watch the original.

1 comment:

  1. You're right, I did think this was going to be about your car.

    I think I need to find a copy of The Thing...(the movie, not the car)


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