January 31, 2013

Why there should be a The Thing sequel

Any fan of John Carpenter's 1982 The Thing has probably seen its prequel, the 2011 film by the same title. Unfortunately for the newer flick, even modern CGI can't make up for its completely unoriginal story -- it's essentially just like Carpenter's film.

However, not only does Carpenter's version leave open the possibility of a sequel, the new one does too. The prequel ends exactly where the 1982 film begins. At the end of Carpenter's story we see the [American] survivors Kurt Russell and Keith David sharing a bottle of whiskey while they await certain death at the hands of the brutal cold. In the new film, star Mary Elizabeth Winstead torches what she thinks is the last remaining Thing, and then attempts to make it to a "nearby" Russian outpost some 50 miles away in the remaining snow vehicle. In both films, we never see what happens to these three.

So, why not find out? The possibilities are endless!

I feel like this after I eat Mexican.

Personally, I like linking a sequel to the 2011 film. Have Winstead make it to the Russian base, and upon informing them of what happened, subsequently a whole gaggle of Soviet military personnel, scientists, etc. make their way down to Antarctica. Finding nothing at the wrecked Norwegian outpost, the Russians make their way to the American base, whereupon they discover frozen Russell and Keith. Around the same time, an American rescue party arrives to determine what happened at the American base since there's been absolutely no communication from it in many weeks. The story now becomes a Cold War parable as the two superpowers race to unlock the secrets of the alien spacecraft, and uh oh! Why isn't Childs dead?? MWAHAHAHAH!

Posted by Hube at January 31, 2013 05:39 PM | TrackBack

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I never saw the prequel, although I'm told I wasn't missing much of anything.

Posted by: Carl at January 31, 2013 05:57 PM

You haven't heard of the sequel that almost was?

Posted by: Nate at February 12, 2013 02:08 PM