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Poster for the new THE THING?

Hey folks, Harry here...   Just got sent this, which is purported to be a photo taken with an iPhone 4 of the new THE THING poster sent in by Winman42.   The image is a bit blurry - but I kinda like the stark quality of it.   As a LOGO teaser poster - I think it gets its idea across.   I'm jazzed for this.   I believe in this prequel.   Really am rooting for it to not only be a great film, but to be a full on financial success...  We need this kind of horror to do well if we're to ever break out of the slasher/torture horror set and get really truly awesome horror films - we need them to not only be great, but to do well.   Let's hope.



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  • July 11, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

    And glad that the picture of my Thing don't look like that...

  • July 11, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by Pigdog

  • July 11, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Pretty decent design

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I approve

  • July 11, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by LT Weezie

    Still think the coolest scene for ANY THING film was when they walk out the saucer diameter on the ice...

  • July 11, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Where is everyone?

    by Pigdog

  • July 11, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    There is only one remake of The Thing

    by eric haislar

    and it's Carpenters.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Great artwork...

    by Lee

    ...not so sure about the tagline.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Guess it's not a big article

    by Pigdog

  • July 11, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Might go take a shit

    by Pigdog

  • July 11, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • July 11, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I'm pulling for it.

    by blackwood

    Count me cautiously optimistic.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    good design but...

    by Franck

    ...shittiest tagline ever.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    flynn-lives, exactly.


    That's the whole point. It's never human. It's masquerading as human. If it 'became' human, it would cease to be The Thing.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Love the *original* re-make

    by thommcg

    Hope they don't totally screw this up. Though somewhat rubbery, The Thing has aged surprisingly well.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Decent tagline.

    by David Cloverfield

    Still not much reason for the movie to exist. The original was so compelling we had no idea whats going on with the dog and the norvegians. How can this be exciting."Hmm, a spaceship in the ice. I hope nothing terrible comes out to kill us" 30 minutes later "Oh no, something terrible is killing us. Maybe it had something to do with that spaceship?" another hour "I guess it's time to end this thing with the last survivors going after a dog while sinister music plays."

  • July 11, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    "Man is the warmest place to hide" wasn't much better!

    by BenBraddock

    When's the official trailer due for this?

  • July 11, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    From the producers of 'Dawn of the Dead'...

    by buggerbugger, the **other** 'Dawn of the Dead', comes 'The Thing', no not 'The Thing' from the director of 'Halloween' (no, not **that** 'Halloween')... Fuck me, but these 'From the...' taglines are going to be confusing as fuck to future generations.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Looks cool

    by Monolith_Jones

  • Had me hooked from beginning to end. The who done it elements and the sci fi horror meshed together perfectly imo. I can see why it has a remake (a person I was watching it said there already is one?!) and hopefully no one ever remakes s8 unless they show a scene where a bespectacled director gets his a$$ lensflared to death.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    I'd love to see a clearer poster with her in it if it is. Ramona Flowers ftw!

  • July 11, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    A cgi prequel that totally shits over the original?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Sounds familiar...

  • July 11, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    if this is a prequel

    by Charinger

    shouldn't there be a subtitle to it?

  • July 11, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Has anyone visited the website?

    by gabbygall

    It forwards you onto the universal website, and in there is a section for `upcoming` titles and it has the "Dark Tower" movie still in there slated for a May 2013 release - is this project still alive? I thought it had been canned.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Not a Remake Its a Prequel

    by Raymond Warden

    Its about the Norwegian Crew found In Carpenters Version.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I hope it has hiphop guys in it and WC chicks

    by Knobules

    PG also would be nice. I would like to bring my children.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    =Its about the Norwegian Crew=

    by KilliK

    you mean the one with the american protagonist and the american female co-protagonist? that Norwegian crew?

  • July 11, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah, is this a remake or a prequel?

    by dahveed1972

    If they're using the same exact title, why not just remake the damn thing? I love the original, but if Dawn of the Dead can be remade, why not the Thing? A new story, with the same basic premise and setting, would have been just fine. In theory anyway.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    the_choppah absolutely...

    by Franck

    ...hope they didn't also screw the movie... Childs: "You're gonna have to sleep sometime, MacReady." MacReady: "I'm a real light sleeper, Childs."

  • July 11, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    What kind of budget does this sucker have btw?

    by dahveed1972

    Anyone? If it's under 40 mil or so, we're probably in store for a half-assed cgi crapfest. And lets be honest, the original, sans Bottin and Winston's amazing monsters, would never have become the cult classic it is today. Well, that and Wilford Brimley.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    This is NOT a remake

    by Weresmurf77

    Just to let you guys know who are bitching and harping on about it being a remake... It's not. It's not a remake at all. Granted the plot beats are very similair (yes I've read the script), there IS a way to detect if someones the Thing (it's a bit simpler than a blood test and it's not as indepth, but it's going to stand on its own likely as a very decent movie. Of COURSE it won't top the Carpenter movie, but going by the script, they've created a damn good, mature horror movie which recreates what happened at the other Ice Station really damn well right down to the dog at the beginning of the original movie. What perplexes me is why they simply called this 'The Thing'... why???

  • July 11, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    It's a prequel... with the same title

    by Mattman


  • July 11, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    The Burrito: It's not poop... yet

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    The Sperm: It's not babies... yet The Wife: She's not your ex... yet (RomCom) The Furious: They're not 2... yet.

  • July 11, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    dahveed1972, the budget is estimated at..

    by Franck

    ...$35,000,000. The alien is going to look like a video game.

  • Yeah, we know this is a PREQUEL. I'd prefer a straight up fucking remake to this retarded idea of trying to make a prequel that explains everything that happened at the Norwegian camp. Oh and let's shove in some fucking American bimbo while we're at it. You can tell that the fucking morons at Universal were afraid of just doing a goddamn reboot and said "We need to connect it to the first so people will want to see it!" at which point of of the studio slugs said "Hey, let's make it a prequel, since prequels are all the rage these days, oh, but we need a woman in there for demographics so lets hire this bimbo who's don't nothing of worth and can't act to save her fucking life".

  • July 11, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    All im saying is making this a prequel was completely unnecessary.

    by dahveed1972

    I mean, why limit yourself storywise? Keep the setting and the alien, set in present day, and go from there. No one (i know) was clamoring for an expanded story of what happened to the scandinavian dudes. water over the bridge now i guess. bottom line, if the monster design and execution is great, ill give it a whirl. if not, ill pass.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    *lol* @ scratchmonkey...

    by 3774

    Well done. You deserve a sandwhich!

  • July 11, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Absolutely dahveed

    by freerangecelt

    totally unnecessary. Everyone wants everything explained nowadays. A part of what makes The Thing work is that you have all that cool backstory but you don't have all the answers. Now, it's just all laid out. Sucks.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    This IS a great poster

    by Continentalop

    Too bad I am pretty sure the movie will suck shit, but I got to hand it to whomever designed the poster. Good job.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    dahveed1972, agreed

    by Mattman

    The opening of Carpenter's film, with the ominous music and the wolf being chased across the desert was a brilliantly creepy setup. Naturally, Hollywood wants to take the mystery out of it. One of the great things about Carpenter's version was the unsettling ambiguity that bookended the beginning and ending of the film, leaving things to your imagination.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    I'll give this a go. It's got some pretty big shoes to fill, mind...

  • July 11, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    It is impossible to improve on Carpenters version

    by Mel

    it was perfect...and I am not going to watch this piece of shit with its CG effects

  • July 11, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Well, the "original" original had a chick in it.

    by NixEclips

    And didn't Carpenter just use footage from the original original for the video footage? Bah. I'm a hardcore Carpenter's The Thing fan and I'm not looking forward to this. Just being devil's advocate. Sorry.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    if it's a prequel, why the same name? argh


    that's going to confuse the stupid and piss off the smart. it would have been cool if they'd actually worked 10 seconds on coming up with a suitable title that worked with the original title.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    great job with the fonts

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    Looks like a cover from one of those ex rental vhs tapes, the ones that - in the UK, anyway - had those extra big cases. Love it.<P> But I am a bit worried about the film. It's been hanging around for a year now. Plus they added the obligatory hot female scientist. Coupled with the fact that they know we know how the story ends, so they're going to try something 'clever' or 'shocking' with it, which never works. But we'll see. And hey, that poster is damn good.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Once again...I guess I'll be on my own here...but...

    by wacko3205

    I can't wait for this one. Universal's got its first sucker to hop in line. While I would've wanted a story that somehow showed Kurt Russell & Keith David makin it out of the artic wilds...this will just have to do. I love the mythos of the Thing's universe (or better entering ours) & have been eager to see if Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (whew) is actually the Thing fan that he boasts to be. What I'm most concerned about is the use of CGI overlays for the creature...I just don't think that you can touch Bottins work. Maybe we'll all be pleasantly surprised. After reading all the interviews & what not...I'm refusing to watch any trailers or sneekee peekee looz period because I am actually excited about this thing.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    you can't really make a sequel to THE THING


    ..because we know if the thing got off of antartica at would be game over for the world. if it made it to the ocean by water (say, as a penguin), it would quickly duplicate, infect, absorb or amass every living cell of life in the ocean. hell, it could even turn the world's ocean into a living thing-moeba for that matter. if it managed to get off antartica by air or ship disguised as a man, by the time the ship reached land, everyone would be a THING. (that's probably the only other best story left- a ship offers the seclusion needed for tension of group paranoia and the risk of it reaching land. the hero would want to either steer it back to the ice or blow up the ship- or confine the THING in something totally sealed, and possibly sink it) ..because if the THING reached land with any life, it would spread quicker than pod people, ALIENS, maybe even the BLOB.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    That poster will be better than the movie

    by melonman

    It'd be a miracle if it's watchable, and even then probably only because of Edgerton and Winstead in the cast.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    just read back through, Killik sums it up.

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    They were Norwegian. Plenty of great Norwegian actors out there. Why American (and Australian) actors? Unless they're playing Norwegians (good luck Edgerton), this has happened because they're playing to what'll get them money, which means it'll (probably) be a mediocre film. That they didn't change the name shows a level of confusion as to what it was meant to be. At least they don't have that 'Macready's brother' shit anymore. <P> Really hope i'm proved wrong but we'll see. How you can top Carpenter's, I don't know. Tough gig

  • July 11, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    should make a sequel where it reaches land

    by ace mccoy

    and theres widespread panic and humans need to try and fight the alien menace but the soldiers are paranoid about there squad etc. would open up the series to endless sequels as each one could focus on different group of survivors, some military, some everyday citizens, some scientists. BUT you need to bring back John Carpenter, he understands how to make the film work

  • July 11, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I'm thinking positive for this

    by david starling

    Lets face it, the title really couldn't be anything else; its been nearly 30 years since the Carpenter classic. This poster is awesome, and the tagline only serves to illustrate something we don't know of the movie, possibly, yet. But most of all, I am positive, because as much as I love the original, and the Dark Horse comics (that served to provide enough story for MacReady and Childs after the original), this movie is at least being made. Its a prequel, yes, and it no doubt has to serve certain conventions for sure. But in the midst of that there's a movie of horrific FX, and unbearable tension, thats going to run riot with our minds. This is the one film I desparately want to see this year - and whilst I know it could be a pile of crap, I'll remain with an open mind.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by The Fuck Basically you can see where their inspiration comes from. and from the 58' one of course. Can't fucking wait to see the trailer, I know it won't surprise anyone if it turns out to suck. Just rooting it'll be a fucking horror masterpiece. We have so little of those these days.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    the THING as a sequel:


    think of the budget and scope required though. i'm not saying it couldn't be done, but it would be a different creature (no pun intended). it would be like the action of ALIENS compared to the intimacy of ALIEN... but it would go national, global, verrry quickly.only it would have all the things that are trite about global emergency movies. it would be impossible to contain. we're not talking zombies. while people are sitting around wondering if Joe is a thing or not, the thing already has a thing-roach, thing-cat, thing-bird, etc heading out infecting other things that don't even concern our protagonists. the antartic was the perfect sandbox for this type of story

  • July 11, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Was there a hot woman at the Norwegian camp??


    Nah, was there fuck ... shit casting. Why not get some older, gruff European actors and at least TRY to keep this authentic.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    velvet_sloane, the title couldn't be anything else?

    by Mattman

    How about "The Thing From Another World"? It's dumb for a prequel to have the same title as a movie that takes place within the same continuity. If it was a remake, I wouldn't care. But it's not. It's a prequel to Carpenter's movie. So the two movies in this series are The Thing, followed by The Thing. Fucking brilliant.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    This film will be null an void if they use CGI

    by kingoflight

    It will never compare to the original remake the SFX and puppet work was and still is amazing. God give me an animatronic over CGI every fucking time. I know CGI is getting good now but the puppet work and real sfx will always trump it 100 fold, that is movie magic, and not computer wizardry :D

  • July 11, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Well, most of us wanted a sequel, right?


    I know I did. The title is just confusing, lol. I guess they thought "The Thing" on it's own sounds better, and they're right. But now we are going to have 2 "The Thing" films, with 2 different stories? Whatever. It might suck pretty hard but at least it's not a total remake. If they tried to remake Carpenter's film I'm pretty sure that God would smite them. The design of the poster is great. The production stills that were released are a cause for concern, imo.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    It would make an awesome logo too

    by Mattman

    Just have THE THING in big iconic letters, and From Another World in smaller letters below it. Doesn't take a marketing genius to figure this shit out.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Harold Throckmorton Knowles IV!


    CHOPPAH demands to know who this lika-do-the-cha-cha character is!

  • July 11, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Anybody every read this?

    by D_T

    Pretty cool, it's a short story based on the Carpenter film, but from the perspective of The Thing. Warning, contains spoilers (as it reveals who is a thing), though if you've never seen the movie, then fuck you :)

  • July 11, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    No,no,no,no, and no

    by SobchakSecurity

    Harry look, I love you and love the site, but I really, really must disagree with this. This needs to not get released at all. Here's why: The obvious. The thing for me is one of those truly sacred horror movies that needs to be left alone as is. It's fine as is. Doesn't need to be sequeled/prequeled, re/booted/made/invented/imagined. Unless Carpenter himself was helming it could I get behind it. Also, it totally rips off the original. It's going to be same story,different characters, and from that alone, we know how predictable this will be. I mean, they didn't need to rip off the iconic imagery of the original poster for this one.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    possible other titles:?


    SOMETHING. someTHING. THE. THE THING IN THE ICE THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD LIVING THING the BEING or just BEING the ENTITY (already taken?) i mean shit guys, just flip through a thesaurus. or pay me to do it.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    here's the trailer bootleg btw


    In a place where there is nothing They found someTHING the camera guy fucking fails. Actually looks like it might be good.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    The Thing Arrives

    by Mattman

    Tells people it's a prequel. Use the same font as the Carpenter poster. Win.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by ClayMatthews

    There is no way it is rated yet and the web site is phooey (see bottom of poster).

  • July 11, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    The Thing Thing Begins


  • July 11, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I will say that's a damn good trailer

    by Mattman

    Despite the weakling who can't hold a camera still.

  • July 11, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    the tagline on my minimalist poster is kind cheesy, but i like it


  • July 11, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe


  • July 11, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

  • July 11, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by Mattman

  • July 11, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    they really should have named it SOMETHING


    with SOME faded and distressed like in that trailer. the emphasis would still be on THING, but it would be intelligible as something different, but related. so naming it the THING was a fail, when you had someTHING at your disposal already.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST




  • July 11, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    what rip off

    by FleshMachine


  • July 11, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    the thing tied to PROMETHEUS? hmmm


    you think the ALIENS are the 'planet cleaning' organism that the betrayed Space Jockeys were bringing back to earth? nah, it would be pretty amazing if what the space jockey ship jettisoned toward earth as a final fuck you as they went down over LV-426 was a ship carrying the THING. it wouldn't fit in the timeline, but i'd say the THING is more threatening than ALIENS. thing vs blob would be a close call though. both only stopped by ice. both essentially do the same thing, but the thing looks freakier when exposed

  • July 11, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Love it!

    by David Hinson

    Thats the type of poster that I want on my wall. Reminds me of the classic 80's movie posters. Very cool.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I don't mind the tagline...

    by notcher

    Because I'm not taking it completely literally. I know they only mean it looks human when it imitates one, and not that it actually becomes human. So, whatever.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by notcher

    Okay, so is this a real leaked teaser for TDKR? Some people on here have claimed they've seen it already. I want to know. Can't tell. FUCK!!! Considering it' not long at all, way shorter than the announced/rumored time, I'm very skeptical. Also, I know the teaser won't have much in it. But anyway. What do you think?

  • July 11, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I hope it's not a note for note remake

    by jimmy_009

    Give an original take or don't bother. Not a bad poster, but it relies so heavily on the original how could it not be?

  • July 11, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    full tintin trailer

    by john

  • July 11, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Ha ha, Mattman! Good stuff.

    by NixEclips

    And when they remake the remake, what should they call it? Goddamn that made me laugh.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    could be real (TDK teaser)


    it's definately the actor's voices. the green preview screen' looks tagged on and pan and scan fakely shaky though. and it's way dark. the only thing we see is banes back? i'd have to watch BRONSON again but it could even be a snippet from that. hard to tell, but it's my opinion.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    great - Now we'll have to adjust what we call The Thing

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    So from now on when discussing these movies we're either going to have to call them Thing 1980 and Thing 2011...........which is awful. Or maybe just John Carpenters Thing and then this will just be called The Thing. I don't fucking know. Jesus Christ, Hollywood slaps subtitles on almost every damn sequel and prequel they shit out and then when they make a movie that actually NEEDS a subtitle to differentiate the movie (which is NOT a reboot) they go and call it the same exact fucking thing???????????????? This shit brings my piss to a boil. And to top it off we still have No teaser and No trailer for a movie that is months away?????? And now all we're seeing is a grainy poster? WTF???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 11, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    No wait, FUCK ME!!!

    by notcher

    That shot's from Bronson, I knew I recognized it!!! Some times I'm so fucking gullible! LOL!!!!

  • July 11, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    oh yea

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    cool poster

  • July 11, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    new thing same as the old thing.

    by vulturess

    carpenters thing could also serve as the prequel to carpenters thing.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    good notcher- glad we caught that.


    i think his dialogue was from that too. not sure what marion cotilliard's vocal was from..i could barely make it out. could have been from INCEPTION or midnight in paris for all i know :/ man i'm gettin tired of these TDKR fakes.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    I *love* that tag line

    by mojination

    it's fucking creepy... i remember seeing a youtube clip of the trailer from someone's phone fottage at a convention last year. it sounded cool, though couldn't see shit. fingers crossed!!!

  • July 11, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    i predict the ending of this THE THING


    the norwegian dudes have been through hell, there are two of them left, a dog, and the girl. they want to kill the dog to make sure, but the girl- being a girl- sneaks the dog out because it's a cute dog and couldn't possibly be the THING. then the pissed norwegians hop in the heli to cleanup after the chick's fuck up and we have the original intro. why the chick isn't in the helicopter in that opening scene is anyone's guess. oh yeah, because carpenter's thing wouldn't have had a 20 year old chick working in antartica with a bunch or norwegians.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by notcher

    You aren't kidding, and they're getting really good at faking them, this is the second one that I've allowed myself to get tricked by. Oh well, I'll be seeing Potter on Friday and then I can freak out over nothing, but still, I must've watched TDK Teaser like a thousand times. As Rebecca Black said, can't wait for Friday.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    cageaholic - -

    by Lucky13

    Maybe if you brought back John Carpenter circa 1982 via Delorean. Count me as a yahoo who really, really, really hopes this movie is A+... but I wouldn't bet a baker's dozen of donuts on it. I predict much, much suffering for fans of The Thing via the greedy hands of studio execs. Like everyone has said... the fact that they have named this "The Thing" (if the poster is legit), and that it is a prequel that could very well be set up as a near shot-for-shot remake... is a bad, bad sign. That said... I can think of 5 movies that I'm interested in seeing anytime in the near future: 1: Prometheus (by a long shot) 2: Superman 3: A Dangerous Method 4: The Thing prequel/remake/fml 5: I can't think of a #5, but there must be something... maybe TDKR? No, not really. But there must be at least 5 movies in the process of being made that are worthy of my interest.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    ending with the dog in the snow

    by fat_rancor_keeper i wonder if they will literally re-use the original footage or just reshoot it shot for shot somehow? Personally.........since they are going this direct prequel route I'd prefer they re-use the original footage and incorporate it seamlessly.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    question about Carpenters Thing

    by vin_diggler

    My brother and I watch The Thing every couple of years and we always get into a debate over who's room the dog walks into. You never see his face, you only see his shadowon the wall. I have always thought it was Palmer's room and he was the first victim. My brother, on the other hand, insists it was Norris' room. Does anyone know the answer?

  • July 11, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The Schwing

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I'll take the porno. This piece of crap can fuck off.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    oh yea.......1982 not 1980

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    my bad

  • July 11, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    I think it might be fake, too


    It's not human, yet

  • July 11, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    THE THINGS: This time... there are, like, more of them.

    by Mattman

  • July 11, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    my post got cut off


    The tagline seems bogus. It's a spoiler. The font of the tagline looks too generic and out of place.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    THING IN DA HOOD: It's not gangsta, yet

    by Mattman

  • July 11, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    too close to the original for me.

    by Brannagins Law

  • July 11, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    The Bling: It's Not So Fly Like A G6. Yet.

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • July 11, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    The Fing

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    omigod u c that film the fing it was well scary i jumped in my seet i h8 movies wiv monstaz in

  • July 11, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    nixeclips, when they remake it, they should call it

    by Mattman

    The Same THING.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    The Ting

    by Mattman

    It's not Jamaican. Yet.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    So it's a prequel to "The Thing", which they're calling "The Thing"

    by rev_skarekroe

    It's like Peter Gabriel naming his first three albums Peter Gabriel.

  • July 11, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by Deep13

    that was AWESOME!

  • July 11, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Do The Right The Thing

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

  • July 11, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I agree on the 'break out of slasher/torture'-bullshit-part, but...

    by carlinesque_thinktank

    ...if you do so, try it with something new and don't fuck around with classics!!

  • July 11, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

  • But yeah, go ahead and ruin the mystery and unknown fear behind the concept of the 1979 version of the Thing by trying to act all smart and "reveally" and sh!t. Throw some overblown special effects in there and use some sh!t-ass 3D, too. I guess you could go a bit retro in a feeble attempt to appeal to fans of the original but that paper-thin excuse for saving on the budget will just turn to an amalgam of sh!t as well. Meanwhile we will all be yawning because all we will want to know is what happened when the fires went out at the end of the movie THAT COMES AFTER IT, D0UCHEBAGS.

  • and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will throw a chair at her...not in the movie storyline, but just cuz MEW doesn't like hbc or her husband(?) tim burton.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    will we see the same flying saucer in the begining as well?

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    the one we see in space in john carpeneters just before that awesome opening T H I N G title cuts through the screen.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    A) I don't think it's real and B) A better caption?

    by AlienFanatic

    Don't go alone

  • July 11, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by AlienFanatic

    My post totally got screwed up. I wanted to say that I didn't think the poster is real and wanted to solicit other ideas for better slogans. Two I had were "Don't go alone" and "They went looking for answers. It found them." I'd love to see others brainstorm. The one on this poster is rather iffy.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Should have called it...

    by FannyPad

    Who Goes There. But brand recognition rules I guess...

  • July 11, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Who Goes There would be great

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    that's creepy. In that font, with a full stop, no question mark. Awesome

  • July 11, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I meant as the tagline

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    no idea for the actual film title, but that as the tagline in the poster above, yeah. Links it back to the original story but works on its own, too.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    So now that EVERY great Capenter film has been raped

    by Quake II

    by Hollywood, which horror director do they go after next? They started with Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper already. Let's go down the Carpenter film remake shitfest so far: Halloween (mean, angry garbage), The Fog (PG-13 tween bullshit), Assault On Precinct 13 (needless and instantly forgettable), The Thing (CGI shitfest that will confuse & divide fans), Big Trouble In Little China? Next maybe? They Live? Hollywood is morally and creatively bankrupt. Where's that massive California earthquake at so we can reset Hollywood and start over? Waiting.....

  • July 11, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Everything that rises has risen.

    by Mugato5150

    And all things that rise has a beginning. And then it rises. But everything has to have a beginning first. Then it rises. After it begins.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Lucas just announced a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark

    by Mattman

    It will center on how Indy discovered the whereabouts of the golden idol. The title will be... RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's also planning a War of the Worlds origin story

    by Mattman

    It will explain the much debated mystery of how Tom Cruise held a job while being such a dick to his superiors. The prequel to War of the Worlds, titled WAR OF THE WORLDS, is scheduled for Christmas 2012.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I'll keep an open mind

    by Kammich

    Carpenter's film is one of my all-time favorites, but enough time has elapsed that I'm open to a new take on the chronology. Would've LOVED to have seen Carpenter make his proposal of following the story ofMacready and Childs(he was going to explain Russell and David's aging with the excuse of frostbite--kinda flimsy, but it may have worked). Another reason I'm optimistic is the cast; Edgerton is a beast and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is dead fucking sexy.

  • July 11, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    quake II: There actually is a THEY LIVE remake in the works.


  • July 11, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    The THING's gotta eat!

    by LordVonPS3

    Hulk Hogan's Norwegian brotha... Twin... Thing!

  • July 11, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    The THING's gotta eat The THING

    by LordVonPS3

    So hungry, I was trapped under ice!

  • July 11, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    another CGI laden piece of crap I betcha a thousand bucks!

    by cgih8r

  • July 11, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Does that make this THING1 or THING2?

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

  • July 11, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    alright mattman I give credit when credit is due

    by vin_diggler

    Your Raiders of the Lost ark comment made me laugh.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I was wondering about this movie. Been awhile since

    by SID 8.0

    I've heard anything about it.

  • They have retitled it......The Silence of the Lambs. Look for it this SUMMER

  • July 11, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Glad to be of service

    by Mattman

    Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), I'm all out of Thing humor for today.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    And as for that TDKR teaser... I call bullshit.

    by Mattman

    First off, the teaser has been confirmed to be a minute and 30... this conveniently blurry mess fades to black (without so much as a logo) after 30 seconds.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    If its not one THING, its another!

    by DrMorbius

  • July 11, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Crazy fucking idea...

    by SebastianHaff

    Why not call the remake Who Goes There? <pr><br> Oh yeah, because they don't actually give a fuck about making an interesting movie, let alone a good one. In this case, the whole movie rides on the title. They're hoping people will see the poster or trailer and think, "The Thing, gee, I remember a movie called The Thing way back, and I liked that, so I should go see this one!" <br><p> Nothing more, nothing less. Then they try to calm the fanboys down with this 'prequel' bullshit. Not a remake, it's a prequel. Right. That's why it's got the same fucking name as the last one. <br><p> And I don't know man, I've got this crazy feeling the movie's in English. Which makes sense, seeing as how it's supposed to be a fucking Norwegian camp. Hey, why are all these English speaking, white, Hollywood pretty types hanging out here? <br><p> Because Universal only cares about the title, about milking that shit, in hopes name recognition will equal a ticket. They do not give a fuck about the film itself. <br><p> So neither do I.

  • I mean, when you have no idea who THE THING is... being surrounded by possible THINGS is bad mojo, right? And not to be a nitpicky English teacher... but shouldn't your other option be: "They went looking for AN answer. It found them." Ya know, to keep the singular/plural vibe consistent? Not that 50% of the audience would notice anyway.

  • July 11, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Tagline is ass. Graphic is okay. That is all.

    by DickBallsworth

  • July 11, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Oh, and in German it's "DAS DING." For what it's worth.

    by DickBallsworth

  • July 11, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    So tell me sumpin...winona_ryders_pussy_juice...

    by wacko3205

    Ha! Just wanted to see that in text...winona_ryders_pussy_juice. So wrong. Anywho...winona_ryders_pussy_juice...where in the fAck is the legit trailer? If that thing got ripped...there's gotta be a decent one somewhere. I'm just saying is all.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    From the geniuses who named the Rambo movies.

    by fustfick

    First Blood Rambo: First Blood Part II Rambo III Rambo Huh?? What should we call this prequel to "The Thing?" The Thing. Perfect!

  • July 11, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    sebastianhaff ..Ha. I thought the same thing about subtitles

    by Quake II

    It's obviously going to have subtitles throughout the whole film. I mean, Norwegians wouldn't be speaking English at their own base! That wouldn't tie in to the opening scenes from the Carpenter version at all. The marksman couldn't speak a single word of English to warn the Americans about the dog. I'm sure they won't have some stupid subplot where they all speak English because of the ONE American stationed there with them (the girl, right?). Let's not forget that Universal abondoned the film when it didn't do well and Carpenter didn't get a big budget again for years until Starman. Now Universal is cashing in on the fanboy love for a franchise the studio has hated for over two decades. As far as these remakes go, 95% are worse than the originals and some are SO bad that they actually harm the originals through name association (The Fog, Halloween, Nightmare On Elm Street etc).

  • ...think about it. Why is it? What could it be? Do you know? HINT: For the same reason why you couldn't remake 12 angry men with only one set.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I seriously doubt the film will be subtitled

    by vin_diggler

    It will be more like The Hunt for Red October were all of the Russians spoke english with a Russian accent. In The Thing, everyone will speak english with a Norwegian accent (whatever that sounds like).

  • And I've secretly wanted this story to be about Benjamin J. Grimm for almost 30 years now. I used to have The Thing's Hot Wheels car and you could peek in the rear window and there was a picture of Ben Grimm inside!

  • July 11, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    From the producers of the remake of dawn of the dead

    by Kyle Hoschar

    comes the second remake of the thing

  • July 11, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I actually like it.

    by Turingtestee

    No floating heads.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Prequels shouldn't have the same title as the original.

    by JuanSanchez

  • July 11, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    LMAO @ Fustfick

    by Lucky13

  • July 11, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah... and doctor_strangepork --

    by Lucky13

    You're gay.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    fustfick, haha, true

    by Mattman

  • July 11, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    So what does Jack Burton think???

    by tovopro

    David Lo Pan doesn't stand a chance!!!

  • July 11, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    One last thing, strangepork --

    by Lucky13

    I've not-so-secretly been wishing you'd die of AIDS for the last 5-10 minutes. Don't worry, once I get away from the computer I'll forget about you... but that little story of yours deserves death via the HIV virus.

  • July 11, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Now we need the trailer

    by RoarsLoudly

    Get on with it there only 4 months left before it's release!!!!

  • July 11, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    AVGN did a short on bullshit movie titles

    by vin_diggler

    the nerd did a short a while back that points this very thing out. It will only take a minute of your time but it is worth a watch. check it out at

  • July 11, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster is Up!!!

    by Admiral Nelson

  • July 11, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Is this one about Ben Grimm?

    by dukeroberts

    It's not? Bummer. I prefer the original "The Thing (from Another World)" with James Arness as the thing from another world. It is frickin' awesome.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Ugh... Needless

    by THX1968

    Just another fuck up of a movie. Why remake this???? I'd still rather see Kurt in a sequel. Why the fuck wouldn't you make a sequel? Good God, the suits need to be strung up.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    This is just a knockoff of the Carpenter poster

    by kevred

    It's well done, but look at the old '82 Carpenter poster by Struzan - almost identical type style and the same type of figure. Though the Carpenter poster's figure is weirder and more striking. Like the title itself, the sort of ripoff approach to the poster design seems like something a remake would use, not a prequel. IMO neither choice bodes well for the film itself, which still seems to me to be completely unnecessary. Will there be anything good about this "prequel" that wasn't already good in the 1980 film? We'll see.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I like it, but I like Evil Dead 4 news a lot more. Behold!

    by Yelsaeb

  • July 11, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    HD trailer via Youtube

    by LabattsBleu

    has anyone posted this yet? looks solid - i loved JCs thing, so I am not expecting it to be that good, but some of it looks decent...not sure about the Thing at the end though...maybe rough cut still

  • July 11, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by Tristan

  • It proves that the only Dawn of the Dead the public has in mind is Zack Snyder's, and that's not Dawn of the Dead. Its Dawn of the Dead in name only, like Emmerich's Godzilla. There is only ONE Dawn of the Dead, and it's called George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Man, this is the second Dawn of the Dead related rant I've gone on today.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    impossible to live up to 1982

    by IndianaPeach

    but I'm still looking forward to this...poster is coo

  • July 11, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    do your research labattsbleu

    by vin_diggler

    that is a fake trailer from Whiteout

  • July 11, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    It's Clobberin' Time!!!!!

    by jbs9200

    What this isn't a Marvel movie about the Fantastic Four's Thing?

  • July 11, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    The video footage is not clips from the original, though that would have been pretty awesome. Carpenter actually has a cameo in the video footage, along with stuntmen Kent Hays and Anthony Cecere. Another fun fact: Carpenter's wife at the time, Adrienne Barbeau is the voice of the chess computer MacReady is playing.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    There is almost no way to beat the original

    by smudgewhat

    So they'd best have a super original take on the material. I'd say it's going to blow chunks.

  • July 11, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Hmm. Needs more Kurt Russell to be tastier.

    by Onin Solstice

  • I Can't wait to see how the bat symbol appears in the actual movie, I like how Inception opened and closed like The Dark Knight (no credits til the end) and it looks like The Dark Knight Rises is borrowing from Inception with the buildings collapsing/being destroyed motif.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    The hand

    by khaosmatrix

    I love his left hand, subtle and effective.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I'd like to have this poster tacked up on the wall above my FUCKING COUCH!!!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • July 11, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    More Hollywood gold. A remake of a remake. YAWN.

    by IronEagle74

    Suck it, Hollywood.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I love Carpenter's The Thing

    by ManInTheMembersOnlyJacket

    enough that I will shell out for a ticket to this one, even though I'm utterly frustrated that they've made a prequel. It'll break my heart, I know, but I just can't say no.

  • July 11, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dead???

    by tovopro

    Is that the one where the zombies are holding machine guns???

  • July 12, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    whoa- i liked it better when it was blurry!


    you couldn't tell what the shape exactly was and the hand was hard to figure out too. it was all very suggestive. now that it's clear, i don't like it.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST's real?


    The blurry one did have some cool lighting effects on the text. This one, you can almost see the Photoshop airbrush paint strokes along the solid white parts of the text. not as cool.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Winstead Hi-res pix

    by JohnIan

    I haven't run into this before... - - - I wonder if the Carpenter film will get re-released on home video with new bonus features. I would double dip.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Rises poster is better ;)


  • July 12, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Thx scratchmonkey

    by WeylandYutani

    You gave me a good chuckle.

  • July 12, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    a girlfriend of mine finished post on this memorial weekend

    by mattforce7

    she said from what she saw it was alright

  • July 12, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Now I can actually see what I was looking at

    by BenBraddock

    Yet another reference to the Carpenter, the one big claw-hand... hope the movie won't do a SUPERMAN RETURNS and be too reverential to the movie that came before...

  • July 12, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST

    better image up on twitchfilm

    by mojination

    check his hand out! argh!

  • July 12, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    The Thing Zero: The Thingening

    by Symposium

  • aha

  • July 12, 2011, 3:16 a.m. CST

    WTF? Its ALSO called the Thing? Epic FAIL

    by quantize

    I mighta missed this as an official announcement..this convinces me this is gonna be a shithole remake. You cant beat what Carpenter did...

  • July 12, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    From The Producers Of The Remake Of Dawn Of The Dead...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Before "The Thing" there was... "The Thing"

  • July 12, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Surprised they didn't call this..........

    by ChiefRoberts

    The Thing Rises!

  • July 12, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Carpenter´s movie never ages

    by CuervoJones

    It´s better than the original movie, and it´s better than the original written story. Solid classic.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    It's not a remake!

    by Sanyi

    It's a prequel!! Aaah, fuck it. I don't need it, I really don't. I fuckin' hate those fuckin' prequels. Let's make Jurassic Park-prequel! Or Predator! Or Jaws! Jaws Begins. How do you like that? Seriously, I'm sick of it. The Carpenter-version of The Thing is damn perfect horror film. Hell, one of the best horror film ever made. How could they possibly top that? Impossible

  • July 12, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Who goes there?

    by CuervoJones

    Not me!

  • let me takes place at a slumber party and The Thing takes the form of a pillow and a simple pillow fight ends in tragedy.

  • whoever takes over his estate will probably allow the remakes to start pouring in. We'll get a horrible Shining remake (maybe even worse than the made for TV version). I bet there will even be a remake of The Hand.

  • I think we're all in agreement that it's a classic...but for me, I can't think of a better Fangoria style movie. Can anyone else? I'm trying to think of one...I really can't. Critters is one I always loved, but that's in a completely different league.

  • jyty

  • July 12, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    What next?

    by Porrohman

    Do a sequel in Jamaica and call it THE TING

  • July 12, 2011, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Oh snap Porroh, Mattman already did it.

    by The Fuck

    Now give me a fucking trailer already universal. You marketing assholes make us wait for too long, 3 months left. Best timing you can have, DO IT!

  • July 12, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    OK, so it's changed and isn't as good

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    blurry, it was great. This is just so-so

  • July 12, 2011, 5:45 a.m. CST


    by Porrohman

    Missed Mattmans post. Is there an edit button on here?

  • July 12, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    The Thing: First Blood Part II

    by Crawing

    Thingy That Thing

  • July 12, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    It's not from Yorkshire. Yet.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    thing prequel ?

    by brian tobin

    so i heard the last two norwegians chase an alien creature who is now disguised as a dies horribly in a helicopter explosion and the other gets shot in the eye........oh , and SPOILER ALERT . so it either ends like that , or completely differently so what's the point of either ?

  • July 12, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    That Thing You Do!

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Tom Hanks swoops in and makes The Thing earths biggest pop star! ...with his backup band the O-needers. I'm sorry

  • July 12, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    I'd rather watch the smurfs in 3D.

    by XxSoulFlyxX

  • July 12, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Few things

    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    I believe it was said they were trying to use a lot of practical effects in this, so here's hoping this actually isn't a CG shitfest. The people in charge seem to actually give a damn about the source material and don't want to rape anyones childhood. Also just an interesting fact from the JC Thing flick, the Norwegians at the begining are actually saying that is NOT a dog. So if you actually spoke Norwegian, the surprise is given away right

  • July 12, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Wasn't the 1st one named...

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    "John Carpenter's The Thing" ...unofficially?

  • July 12, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    re: "Any film with the tagline "from the producers of" = FAIL."

    by buggerbugger

    Did you see the recent poster for some film or other that had "From **a** producer of..." attached to it? They're getting desperate.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    As long as that R rating sticks

    by ZoeFan

    I'll give it a chance.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by Kerr Girvan

    or does it look like he's holding 3 carrots in his left hand and he's upset at the quality of his carrot harvest? What did he expect however - with all that snow!

  • July 12, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The Movie-Title Controversy...

    by Graphix67

    The original: 'The Thing From Another World' The remake: 'John Carpenter's The Thing' The prequel: 'The Thing'

  • If you've never read "Who Goes There?", do yourself a favor and do so. Both the 50's film and Carpenters version have elements of the original story, but are quite different takes on the source material.

  • No matter what happens her role is to say NO DONT DO THAT! and basically ruin anything fun going on because we have to listen to her stupid crap. And at the end the THING and her will run in slow mo together from an explosion because they are friends now for some reason.

  • I guess everyone was more interested in the sugar sappy ET (Y'know, that OTHER Alien film.) And what's amusing was JC's reaction to his film's BO Failure: "I take every failure hard. The one I took the hardest was The Thing. My career would have been different if that had been a big hit...The movie was hated. Even by science-fiction fans. They thought that I had betrayed some kind of trust, and the piling on was insane. Even the original movie’s director, Christian Nyby, was dissing me" Yet many Years later, it's considered not only a cult classic, but one of the all time favorite horror films ever. And yes, I shall see the prequel.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    You get that Thing I sent you?

    by Yamato

    HA HA - Peter Potimus joke HA HA - Phil Ken Sebben joke HA HA - bi curious

  • July 12, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Vin Diggler *spoiler*

    by NixEclips

    After watching this multiple times over 20+ years, it is Norris. Look at the shadow and the shape of the nose/hair/etc... It's probably why he refuses to take the gun, if you think about it.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    slone13 : I am no "pwnd" or whatever.

    by NixEclips

    Thanks for the info. There was a great website I found when I first hit the interwebs (back in the day) and I can't remember what it was called, but it was full of great info like yours. Good job, I now feel like a big bag of douche. That being said....There was a chick in the original original.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    now" not "no

    by NixEclips

  • July 12, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Did Ron Moore write this?

    by unfaithfullyyours

    I seem to remember him mentioning he was working a script for it, I thing ... er ... think ...

  • July 12, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    The best move they could make is...

    by workshed ignore Carpenter's flick in the same way that Carpenter ignored Hawks' original vision of 'Who Goes There?'. It can be a remake of both Thing movies for all I care but it has to break new ground. If it is a 'prequel' that's bad news because 99% of prequels suck dogs' eggs. Just ask Mr.Plinkett.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    If only David Mamet was directing...

    by workshed

    It's that fuckin' thing again.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    The Thingamajig

    by tumtwat

    It's in the tool shed. Between the doodad and the whatchamacallit.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    re: nixeclips *spoiler*

    by vin_diggler

    Actually if you watch the making of The Thing on the DVD, JC used one of the stage hands on the set to stand in for the shadow. This way it would be impossible to guess who's shadow it is. They also interview the actor who played Norris and he brings up an interesting point. According to him, Norris did not know for sure that he was one of the things. Apparently in order to be a perfect replica of a human you must actually think you are still human. So the reason he does not take the gun has nothing to do with him being one of the creatures since he does not know he is a creature.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    My Dingaling

    by ManInTheMembersOnlyJacket

    Haven't caught me playing with it. Yet.

  • I hope he realizes that not everyone at the time hated his take on the material. Some of us loved it from the get-go. I don't recall what any of the professional reviews said at the time, but I do remember my peers thinking that the film was "fucking mint", or whatever we used to say back then.

  • July 12, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    So, If It's a Prequel to Carpenter's "The Thing"...

    by Satanic Accordian

    ... you kinda' already know it doesn't turn out good for anyone in this flick, unless of course you unsee the original

  • July 12, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Vinn-diggler - answer to your question. and me2sense...

    by Darth Macchio

    I thought it was Palmers for a long time as well but it's definitely Norris. You can tell off the shadow based on the body size and that giant gray turtleneck he wore and his more profuse hair. Also, I think the timeline in the movie points to this as well but I don't recall some of the specifics off the top of my head (need to rewatch again!) Now, me 2sense...John Carpenter's "The Thing" is NOT a remake of "The Thing from Another World". The 50's version "Thing from another world" and Carpenter's "The Thing" are both based on the original short story "Who goes there?" by John Campbell. Honor JC's work people! Carpenter's film isn't a remake/re-imagining of the 50's version whatsoever - it's a more accurate telling of the original story itself. How do I know this? Why am I convinced? (Slight SPOILER) I've read this story (excellent old school sci-fi by the way and one of the greatest titles ever) and though it takes place in the 40s (IIRC), it's note-for-note to Carpenter's theme utterly. So much so that I'd argue that "The thing from another world" is almost not even based on the Campbell story beyond location and basic concept (alien in the ice gets thawed out and causes trouble). There were no women in the short story. There was no Norwegian camp. The notion of a doppleganger alien organism and how it could be imitating the man standing next to you is the main theme of the written story and the main theme of Carpenter's movie. That theme is not present in "Thing from another world" "The thing from another world" was about a vegetable-based alien life form that could take over the planet by growth spread, not an organism that absorbs and imitates other biological tissue it comes into contact with and could eventually (theoretically) consume all non-'thing', non-plant biological matter on the planet. And yes, I am a total Carpenter's The Thing geek, my absolute favorite horror film of all time (have original novel, original soundtrack (by Ennio Morricone), vhs, dvd, br). And did I mention that Rob Bottin, who did the f/x, was freaking 23 years old at the time?? Dude was 23!!!!! (yes, I even liked the stop-motion work) but the sculpting/modeling work itself was simply beautiful. gory and disturbing, but beautiful!!! Also, I think, the best work of Carpenter to date...he was on crazy brilliant fire in the 80's and I believe 'The Thing" to be his best work...

  • July 12, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    this is not real

    by syscotron

    As a professional designer I can assure you that this is not real.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    When is Harry NOT contradicting himself???

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    ...We need this kind of horror to do well if we're to ever break out of the slasher/torture horror set and get really truly awesome horror films...

  • July 12, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    darth macchio --

    by Lucky13

    Well said. The Thing is also my favorite horror movie, and on any given day I could consider it my fav movie of all time, in a rotating mix of Chinatown, Jaws, Eastern Promises, and Blade Runner (I know, weird taste... and sorry, I know I don't have any 'film buff' older movies on there). But anyway -- Thanks for reiterating the differences of book/original movie/JC's. A lot of people forget just how different the original movie is from the story. And agreed on the FX by Bottin... it's amazing how well it still stands up. I didn't have the pleasure of seeing the movie till I rented it on an old, used up VHS tape when I was in a studio apartment during college (2000 or so)... and the scenes with the blood testing and the chest-teeth were fucking astonishing! Imagine seeing that for the first time at 12am, alone in a dark little apartment, hundreds of miles from 'home', sitting 5 feet away from a 32" TV on an old VHS copy. That was probably the very last 'movie magic' moment for me.... but it was fucking incredible.

  • I would much rather have had DelToro’s AtMoM adaptation than this, although I had plenty of reservations about GDT’s movie as well.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    The Turd.

    by angry_spacboy

  • July 12, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    stalkeye: 1982 was the year of ET

    by melonman

    Bad aliens were out. And Blade Runner also managed to flop as well as getting mauled to shit by the critics, who changed their opinion 10 years later with the 1st Directors Cut. Now THAT's scary.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    re: darth macchio

    by vin_diggler

    I still have to disagree that it is Norris. This is from IMDB (which I realize is not always fact) but it gives a better arguement that it is Palmer: Technically, the shadow belongs to a man named Dick Warlock. Mr. Warlock was chosen by Carpenter because he resembled both Clennon (Palmer) and Hallahan (Norris). Carpenter didn't want anyone to have a clear distinction of whose shadow was actually on the wall, so it's honestly impossible to distinguish who it was supposed to be. However, there are still shots from the movie that suggest it was Palmer, according to two different scenes. The first is when Jed (the dog) is walking down the hall and enters a room. The second is when the dog-thing had begun its attack on the kennel, and the men are coming out of their rooms. It appears as though it would be Palmer's room that Jed entered earlier, but objects in the hallway could suggest otherwise. This is an impossible question to answer.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Same title as original

    by Retro

    Why in god's name would they use the same name as Carpenter's when it's really a prequel? That will prove to be a big mistake.

  • July 12, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Darth Macchio

    Whoa!! I either didn't know that or completely forgot! That off imdb, eh? I swear I went through the same thing decades ago (without the advent of the internet, imdb, or director's commentary, etc) and thought it was Palmer but then believe it was Norris, the actor himself who filmed the shadow! But I've read the imdb stuff a ways back and don't remember those specifics... Excellent stuff and thanks for the info! (I happily stand corrected!)

  • July 12, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    wont be seeing it

    by Billy_D_Williams

  • July 12, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Here's a question...

    by Jonathan Hicks


  • July 12, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    The beauty of film/art is...

    by NixEclips

    You can find whatever you want. I spent years trying to figure out who the hell that was. And the shadow (even if it was Dick) looks like Norris. And the Thing knows it's not a human. This movie leaves so much up to interpretation that it's amazing that it works.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    zombot, I agree - blurry was much better

    by kevred

    This now looks like just another nerd spending a few hours with CS5. And mentaldominance, "rip a font off from the 80's but somehow manage to rip the soul from it" just nails it. Well done.

  • The clip they ran was the Thing attacking the dogs. If I remember right it ended with the blast from the flamethrower. When they came back Letterman said, "'s the story about a boy and his dog".

  • July 12, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by v3d

  • July 12, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    tellyhatesperverts. In Hollywood the answer is "Why not."

    by v3d

    and $$$.

  • July 12, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    My tagline

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    You WILL Believe This Voodoo Bullshit.

  • July 12, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Since this is a "modern version"

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    I'm sure the woman scientist will be the one who figures it out, takes control, will be the lone survivor and will sacrifice herself to stop the alien. Let the suckered begin. Is there no movie of his that John Carpenter won't sell out?

  • The Sweds die. No females on base. The Thing escapes disguised as a dog. Would have rathered a sequel that explored new ideas- Rather than a remake that masks itself as a prequel and tells the same damn story we already saw.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by Curious_Jorge


  • July 12, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I say they use the poster as seen through an iphone camera

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead


  • July 12, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    This is the prequel right?

    by catlettuce4

    The prequel starring a young chick as some kind of scientist, in which they have the same events as the Carpenter movie happen, only it's before the events of the Carpenter movie? PASS.

  • July 12, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    design is fine but the catch phrase sounds gay.

    by Weapon M

    "its not human... yet!!" --- oh I gotta see that!

  • July 12, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    oh but its a chick now


    the lead actor. instead of a dude. so it's different

  • July 12, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    sad that new readers won't see the better, blurry pic we started with


  • July 12, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Okay, how about this for a title: THE THANG

    by dahveed1972

    Starring Chris Tucker as Dr. Hans Volstbard!

  • July 12, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I agree nixeclips

    by vin_diggler

    The Thing is completely up to the viewer interpretation. That is what makes it such a great film to debate. I just don't think I explained my point very clearly. Yes the alien knows that it is hiding in a human doppleganger. In order to be the perfect replica of it's host, it needs to be able to communicate rationally with other humans. That is why the replica Norris needs to think it is still human. The alien does not understand the human language and it could not possibly know Norris's memories. This explains why Palmer points out the spider head to the group. He was simply acting like the real Palmer would have and the alien had no control over that. It is not until the alien realizes it's cover is blown (during the blood test) that it shows it's true form. This form does not speak english or has any memory of Palmer, it is simply a virus trying to find a way to escape.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    RE: Any film with the tagline "from the producers of" = ...

    by jazzdownunder

    still probably better than any film with the tagline "from the creators of the visual FX of ..."

  • July 13, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Tagline makes no sense..the original '82 version, "man is the warmest place to hide"

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    makes sense because the alien hides in the bodies of it victims. "It's not human.Yet." makes no sense, because once assimilated the victim is not human, but human/alien hybrid. Remember the autopsy, when the scientist says, "see that..thats not dog.." Well it wouldn't be human either, now, yet or otherwise.

  • July 13, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    @ scratchmonkey

    by lucky slevin

    well played, sir. i couldnt agree more... at least indicate with a year or something, fucking fame thief's. as for the thing.. I was actually more interested in this when i heard it was going to be a prequel.. a nice expansion on this universe. now im completely ambivalent. have to see some footage i suppose. but man do i love me someThing