By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The release date for The Thing prequel (?) is in October, but I can’t stop myself from thinking about it. You’ll notice the question mark in the last sentence. That’s because this movie, though new, bears an uncanny resemblance to Carpenter’s version, at least as far as the trailer and poster seem to show. The new movie is even called the same as the old: just The Thing. Originality much?
Carpenter’s version is one of my favourite horror movies of all time, so you can forgive me if I’m a bit jittery about this new tale. Are we headed towards two hours of suckdom or brilliance? Or a mere “meh”?
The answer will not come until October. In the meantime, you can read more about the original story – titled “Who Goes There” – which inspired both a black-and-white film and a colour version.
You can also read Peter Watts’ award-winning story “The Things”, which is, yes, a story inspired by Carpenter’s movie.
If that’s still not enough, check out this trailer for the 1951 The Thing From Another World.
Now, who wants to talk about the Alien prequel that’s not an Alien prequel?