Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 4:00 pm
MTV has released an exclusive new clip from the upcoming The Thing. You can check it out below this article.
The clip runs less than a minute, but it does feature a few quick (and ineffective) jump scares that culminates with the titular alien beast breaking free from its icy tomb.
The theatrical release of the much-maligned prequel/sequel/remake/whatever of The Thing, John Carpenter’s 1982 classic of otherworldly horror, is little more than a month from release but Universal Pictures hasn’t done much so far to market the new film outside of the release a teaser poster and a trailer. Upon their release both received a lukewarm reception from science fiction and horror fans and an even worse reception from longtime fans of the John Carpenter film, which itself was both an updated remake of the Howard Hawks-produced 1951 sci-fi shocker The Thing from Another World and a more faithful adaptation of “Who Goes There?”, the John W. Campbell short story that inspired both films.
Carpenter’s film featured beautifully oppressive atmosphere, outstanding acting from an expert ensemble cast headed by Kurt Russell, and groundbreaking visual effects from Rob Bottin but the movie was greeted with critical indifference and little box office upon its release during that year’s crowded summer movie season. Judging from this new clip, The Thing prequel seems to be falling back on the combination of cheap shocks and an overabundance of CGI that killed many modern horror films and most remakes, most notoriously last year’s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (which was co-written by Eric Heisserer, the writer of the new Thing).
The Thing is directed by first-time filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Eric Christian Olsen (Community), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity), and Ulrich Thomsen (Centurion). The movie opens on October 14, 2011.