A closer look at The Thing

Strike Entertainment has released a red band (R rated) trailer for its upcoming film The Thing, which is a remake of the classic 1950’s sci-fi startle flick of the same name.

The original 50’s version was itself an adaptation of the short story Who Goes There? written by John W. Campbell. Of course, there is also the adaptation made in 1982 by John Carpenter, which is the version most modern audiences are probably familiar with.

However, this new film will cover the beginning of the story, where Carpenter’s film picked up in the middle, so it’s not quite a remake really, but also not quite a prequel, since the monster here seems to have a slightly different nature.

After the previous trailers and clips, I was all set to check this one out. I’m not usually one for freaky monster films, but this one seemed pretty tame, and more psychological than anything else, until this trailer hit.

The effects are creepy and terrifying. I know that a lot of people are into that, and from this trailer, it looks like those folks will enjoy the movie. At least it doesn’t look like it will be primarily a startle-flick, but I will still not be seeing this one.

Here’s the synopsis to go with the trailer:

“Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman.

“In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.”

The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Ulrich Thomsen. It hits theaters on October 14 , 2011.