I'm in the camp that thinks John Carpenter's The Thing is one of the greatest science fiction horror movies ever made. Other than Ridley Scott's Alien, name another movie that manages to seamlessly blend strong character work from a massive ensemble cast, iconic alien creature design, sequences of nail-biting tension and suspense and enough grisly moments to make even the strongest stomach turn over a time or two. The Thing is a perfect movie -- 'nuff said.
So it's with some trepidation that I look forward to Matthijs van Heijningen's upcoming prequel to The Thing, titled, er, The Thing. At least fans of the original now have a day to look forward to and/or fear: April 29th, 2011.
We can count our blessings. This is not an out-and-out remake of The Thing, so we don't have to worry about it "tainting" the original (which was a remake itself, so whatever). It's also not a direct-to-DVD throwaway, but a real, honest to God theatrical motion picture with at least some weight thrown behind it. Part of me doesn't want to know exactly what went down between the Norwegian team and the shape-shifting, identity-stealing monster of the title, but as far as prequel concepts go, you could do a lot worse.