Okay, first of all, watch this.
You done yet? Now? Now?! Okay. Let us begin.
Today the Gods of all things horror released to the public the trailer for the prequel to John Carpenter's masterpiece of the same name, The Thing. While many have been up in arms since the announcement of the prequel about anyone going anywhere near his film, there are those (like myself) who have remained somewhat optimistic. My opinion on perfection is that it's pretty hard to screw it up. The best remakes/prequels usually pertain to films that were downright perfect to begin with. For example: last year's dreaded remake of Let The Right One In was seen mostly favorably by horror fanatics and the infamous quote by THEoDEAD from Bloody-Disgusting that "the only problem with Let Me In is that LTROI exists," does nothing more than further drive the point I'm about to make about this prequel. Based on the trailer alone, there are some key elements that are beginning to make me think that this film could be something we've needed in a very long time.
The thing that initially drew me in was the even balance of something old, and something new. Hardcore horror audiences will enjoy the familiar feeling of the pool tables, poker games, and "mom's basement walls" in the setting of the sanctuary in the tundra. We must remember that this movie is intending to take place right before Kurt Russell and Diabeetus sans stache accidentally let the ThingDog into their safety zone. However, thanks to advancements in technology and just about everything James Cameron has touched, we now have the ability to create some mind-bending creatures that can be scary enough for the new millennium. We'd be lying to ourselves if we didn't admit that twenty-something years later, the actual "thing" can at times look a bit amateur. Today's audiences don't have the proper appreciation for that sort of thing, and our updated special effects may be what it takes to instill a few nightmares.
fighting Asian drug lords while filming a movie. Regardless, the film looks pretty bad ass. Where they could have taken it a traditional modern horror route and had most of the cast just run away in fear while scantily clad, they are keeping the snow suits and flame throwers and (hopefully) the Jive Talkin' arguments.
Oh. And to those that think it looks too much like a remake, shut up. It's in ANTARCTICA. What were you expecting, sand castles? It's what happened before they got there, I highly doubt the circumstances could be any more similar without it being a remake. Let it be.