Friday, July 15, 2011

"The Thing" remake trailer

"The Thing" has the mother of all solutions to the "people are sick of remakes" problem: John Carpenter's original film (itself a remake of an adaptation) opened with the discovery of the aftermath of events similar to what would eventually occur; so the remake purports to depict THAT and therefore technically qualify as a prequel.

...yeah, I'm not not really buyin' it either - but, whatever, the trailer is actually not half bad:

13 comments:

9jack9 said...

Besides the fact the all the clips with Mary Elizabeth Winstead has her looking a little bored I'm kinda digging it. Though I will be disappointed if it doesn't indulge in some of the practical effects that made Carpenter's film such a classic.

Ezenwa said...

The premise of The Thing reminds me of a comic I read. It was the Venom trade paperbacks from mid 2000, that occurred after Spectacular Spider Man 1-5. Venom took the form of his host, turned into them, sucked them dry, and moved to another host. I loved the artwork and the premise seemed great. If anyone has a chance, look up Venom: Shiver, and have a read.

BS Digital Q said...

Its a prequel. Every single little thing discovered at the Norwegian camp in the first film is explained in this one. Those saying its a remake are being willfully ignorant.

Sssonic said...

No, I suppose the trailer isn't half-bad, but then it isn't half-good either; while I definitely like the female lead, the whole thing just sort of looks like a glossier, less viscerally engaging version of Carpenter's version.

I'm far from the kind who'd whine at the mere idea of a remake, either; hell, I much prefer the Carpenter version of "The Thing" to the original "The Thing From Another World", and I'm rather excited for the upcoming "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" remake too. But it seems to me the question of "why should we remake this?" just sort of never comes up anymore, and as far as I see, this "Thing" prequel/remake/whatever just isn't offering a terribly compelling reason for its existence.

CraftyAndy said...

why not just a sequel, they could of worked in a plot of "we sent in a rescue team but they never returned." So now we are sending in military. Or could just pretend the movie's events happened a year ago. Or could have the thing walk out to sea and start infecting the wild life and... well that would make it a big epic expensive movie. Would be a interesting end, if it can assimilate all life then technically it would make the earth a living planet... that the green lantern core would surely contact later.

Rook in the Pumpkin said...

If it's a prequel, shouldn't they all be speaking Norwegian?

Alade said...

Technically they are speaking Norweigan, it's just shown to us as if the whole film was dubbed.

Also, interesting fact about the Norweigan's from the original:
http://www.cracked.com/article_19210_7-insane-easter-eggs-hidden-in-movies-tv-shows.html

Check out #4 on the list.

Chris Cesarano said...

@CraftyAndy: That scenario would be the video game, and in that case you'd now have a movie based on a game, and we all know how those turn out.

I get a feeling of "premake" out of this, where it's done in such a manner that it can be either a remake or prequel depending on how sales go. It's interesting to think, however, that no matter what happens in this film, it ends with two bearded Norwegians in a helicopter trying to shoot a dog.

I'll see it, probably after trying to get a bunch of my friends to watch the first one.

Also, while John Carpenter's film was technically a remake, it was also based on a short story "Who Goes There?". I'm actually curious about that story.

asdasd said...

Idk why everyone likes the female lead. Honest to go i have this intense hatred of her already. She displays no range whatsoever, just manages to have wide eyes and mouth open ever so slightly at ever single shot of her in the trailer. And it is so bloody distracting. Kurt russel kicks ass compared to her.

lemonvampire said...

This could be the most perfect amazing prequel ever if it ends with the two Norwegians in the helicopter chasing the dog, and cuts to the opening scene of the original, with the final shot being where the last Norwegian guy gets killed.

biomechanical923 said...

(Spoiler)
The dog gets away.

biomechanical923 said...

Can you imagine how bad the "head grows legs and crawls away" scene would be if it was redone in CG?

I think a studio should try to incorporate modern techniques into puppetry and animatronics.

Guys in cheesy costumes will still always look more real to me than actors trying to interact with invisible CG standins.

Even some of the mutants from live action "Swamp Thing" and "The Guyver" gave me nightmares as a kid. Wasnt there one guy who had an elephant-head?

Sarge said...

I agree, Biomechanical923. The effectiveness of cinema peaked at the time when you were at the age most susceptible to deception.

Why are people complaining about the lead females performance? You don't see enough range because it's a goddamn trailer.