The first trailer for the prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing has been released online. I don't think it looks too bad from first impressions, of course that isn't a great reaction but we are talking about The Thing here, one of my favourite movies ever. It just makes me nervous, and I'm not sure why! It's not the remake issue that bothers me, as obviously John Carpenter's film was a remake itself and regardless of how good or bad this film maybe we will always have MacReady. The other thing to point out is the film is from the producers of the Dawn of the dead remake and that turned out pretty well against my expectations.
The casting looks solid, and while I doubt anyone could ever fill Kurt Russell's shoes, Mary Elizabeth Winstead looks like she could be pretty good as a Ripley style character. If anything it's probably the CG that makes me doubt the film, after all the Carpenter film had practical special effects that have yet to be bettered even to this day both in ambition and execution. Given the proliferation of CG now, Rob Bottin's work looks unlikely to ever be surpassed.
The movie opens in the US on October 14th.