January 31, 2009

A "Thing" prequel??

Screen Rant confirms it: There'll be a prequel to the John Carpenter 1982 classic gore-fest --

The prequel, which is being written by "Battlestar Galactica" executive producer Ronald D. Moore, and helmed by former commercials director Matthijs Van Heijningen, is rumored to be set on a Norwegian camp in the Antarctic, and will chronicle how the Norwegian scientists first unearthed and then tried to eliminate the dreaded shape-shifting alien.

I'll definitely check this out as big a fan as I am of this Carpenter film, but I'd much rather see a sequel. If you've caught this flick, you know that the ending was left WIDE open, leaving MANY questions still hanging about.

From last March: My favorite scene from "The Thing."

Below: One incarnation of The Thing hiding from Kurt Russell and co.

Posted by Hube at January 31, 2009 11:41 AM | TrackBack

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I remember watching "The Thing" on cable when I was about 11. It scared the ever-living crap out of me; especially the CPR scene. I also remember thinking that Kurt Russell was the biggest bad-ass this side of Bad-Assdom.

In this age of over-reliance on CGI, I also must say that the special effects from that movie are astonishing, even 27 years later.

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Chanman at January 31, 2009 04:47 PM

Chan: My dad and I saw it (the 1982 film) in the theatre when it first came out. He was scared sh**less as a kid from the original 1950's version, so he wanted to see how this would be. He loved it, because it was so freakin' different.

But we both laughed our asses off at the blood test scene with everyone tied to the couch. It's suspenseful and crazy-funny at the same time!

Posted by: Hube at January 31, 2009 05:08 PM

My dear mother kindly gave me the new Blu-Ray release as a dog-sitting gift a couple days ago.

I still think the Carpenter goes overboard on the gore at times, but it is truly one of the absolute greatest horror films of them all.

Personal favorite: the ending...Right out of a Serling show. I love stuff like this, where things are left without any clear answers and 10 zillion ways of interpreting it.

The alternate 'dog' ending is cool as well, but I still think they made the right decision.

Posted by: Degupunisher at February 5, 2009 10:05 PM