‘The Thing’ Clip: Exploding Ice and an Amped-Up Alien

Universal is going to release The Thing, the Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.-directed prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing, on October 14. But the film has had a fairly low profile so far, with only a few photos, a teaser poster and one teaser trailer released.

Today a clip has gone online. It doesn’t show much of the creature effects, which are the chief subject of speculation amongst fans of Carpenter’s film. It does, however, show the first emergence of the title creature from a block of ice, and in so doing suggests a few things about the movie. Check it out below. Read More »

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Update: While we were unable to confirm or debunk these ourselves, but Shock Till You Drop reports that “a sculptor on the show says [the photos] are not legit.”  Original story and photos follow below.

As with any monster movie, one of the big questions surrounding The Thing, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.‘s prequel to John Carpenter‘s 1982 movie of the same title, is what the creature will actually look like. Sure, we know what it used to look like, in the 1982 film, but there’ve been nearly three decades of special effects technology advancement and changing public tastes since then — will van Heijningen’s live up to Carpenter’s original vision?

While we don’t have photos of the finished product, we do have a look at some of the maquettes used for the film that give a pretty good impression of what the filmmakers were going for. If the end result succeeds in making these visions come to life, we’re in for some wonderfully repulsive creature work. Check out the images after the jump.

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We’ve got advance word today on two films. One, the prequel to The Thing, is an object of great curiosity to many fans of John Carpenter’s 1982 film, which stands as a benchmark for practical creature effects. The other, Joel Schumacher‘s home invasion movie Trespass, which stars Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage, just seems like an oddity at this point. Surprisingly, the word on both is relatively positive. Read More »

As we get older, Halloween becomes less about candy and more about being scared. When I was a kid, there was nothing better than walking around my neighborhood and getting as many sweets as possible but, in recent years, that tradition has been replaced with finding haunted attractions to attend with friends. These type of attractions, everything from haunted mansions, mazes and hayrides to converted amusement parks, pop up all across the country. And, in Hollywood, their attraction comes officially licensed by some of the biggest names in horror.

Every Halloween, Universal Studios Hollywood transforms into Halloween Horror Nights and this year not only will Eli Roth himself help design a maze based on his Hostel series, there will be a maze themed around the upcoming prequel to The Thing. They’ll both be open from September 23-October 31. Read some additional details after the jump. Read More »

‘The Thing’ Trailer and Poster

Seemingly dormant since appearing at the New York Comic Con last year, Universal’s prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing has started to show signs of life this week. A teaser poster arrived (see below) and now there is a trailer.

The movie tells the tale of an ill-fated Norwegian research camp that dug up a shapeshifting alien something in the permafrost of Antarctica, as seen in the early scenes of John Carpenter’s movie. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Kim Bubbs, Trond Espen Seim, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jonathan Walker, and Carsten Bjørnlund and was directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

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Watch A Brief History of Movie Title Designs

As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.

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‘The Thing’ Will Release on October 14, 2011

Good news: after some concern over the fate of Universal’s prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing, we’ve now got an October 14, 2011 release date for the film. The Thing (yep, still a confusing title for a prequel to a film called The Thing) was scheduled for April, but had that date scrapped not long ago. The film had reportedly gone in for reshoots — not always a bad thing, as Edgar Wright will tell you, and as Germain pointed out — and we didn’t know when the picture would drop.

But a mid-October date will do nicely for a sci-fi horror prequel to a fan favorite sci-fi horror film, especially since the competition is the Footloose remake and Paul WS Anderson’s The Three Musketeers. Read More »

/Film favorite Tyler Stout has released handbill sets for The Big Lebowski and The Thing, featuring art from his previously released (and sold out) limited edition posters. The Lebowski set includes three handbills for $30 (2 4″x5″ prints and 1 4″x8″ print, all three on cream colored paper). The Thing set includes fifteen smaller-sized handbills (14 4″x5″ prints and 1 4″x8″ print) for $35. Both sets are not signed, numbered or limited, but they’re stamped on the back and initialed to prove authenticity. And hey, they’re still some awesome pieces of screen-printed art from Stout nonetheless. Check out the designs after the jump, and head over to Stouts store to buy them now!

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