I'm still worried about this proposed prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing--there are so many ways it can go wrong. I am a little less nervous now that news has come to light (courtesy of Variety) stating that visual effects team Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. will be handling the title's creature design and special FX.

This is promising news for anyone who was concerned that Matthijs Van Heijningen's film would rely on CGI. Carpenter's movie is so revered in the horror community not only because it tells a fantastic story, but also because Rob Bottin's practical effects work is the stuff of legend. A prequel sporting a bunch of CGI monsters and effects is akin to blasphemy as far as I'm concerned.

ADI has a lengthy history with monster movies, having worked on Starship Troopers, the Alien vs. Predator films, Alien 3, X-Files: Fight the Future, and Tremors. Here's to hoping they can come up with some creatures to rival Bottin's now iconic creations.

The Thing goes before cameras on March 15th. Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star in a tale that reveals what happened to the Norwegian research team who unearthed the alien spacecraft prior to the events in Carpenter's film. Here's a hint--it wasn't anything good.
categories Movies, Horror