Postmortem: The Thing (2011)

With John Carpenter’s The Thing–based on Christian Nyby’s 1951 movie The Thing From Another World and the original John Campbell short novel, Who Goes There?–we got to see a director at the peak of his powers.  Carpenter was able to combine Rob Bottin’s extraordinary creature effects with a taut story of an otherworldly threat that had the ability to mimic whomever it killed.

So you can imagine that when Universal Pictures decided to do a sequel in 2011–without Carpenter’s input–that fans would probably not be too keen on it.

And that’s a bit of an understatement, with many–myself included–hating the movie on general principal.

Having recently re-watched Matthijs van Heijningen’s prequel, it’s actually pretty good.  And while I wished that it had more in the way of practical effects–though as far as I can tell the CGI is based on designs from Alec Gillis and Bob Woodruff (who are credited) and while it’s not as innovative as the practical special effects of Rob Bottin, They’re okay.

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‘The Thing’ Wants To Be You

It’s Not Human.  Yet.

The prequel to John Carpenter’s eponymously-named film (with potentially the coolest tagline in years) is coming out October 14th; though if you can’t wait 6 days, I may have found something to hold you over till then.

Dark Horse Comics has issued a free three-issue digital comic based upon the mythology of the film, written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), that’s available here.

If you’re among the survivors of that terror-filled voyage, check out Universal’s official “The Thing” website, where you’re invited to hunt the creature, download wallpaper, and explore the station.

Though, as far as I am concerned, the website gets serious props for using the music from the original film, composed by Ennio Morricone.

As a little bonus, here are the production notes for the upcoming prequel; though all the “Carpenter love” shown therein makes me nervous because, if the producers admired his work so much, they could have hired him to direct.