The Thing Prequel Plot Revealed

If you’ve never seen the 1982 horror/sci-fi film The Thing then you should do three things. Firstly, slap yourself. Secondly, buy yourself a clean pair of pants. Finally, go buy it, rent it, borrow it or blag it.

Once you’ve completed all three steps you’ll thank us, especially for step two. You might wonder what all this is in aid of, well courtesy of, we now have the synposis of the upcoming prequel. Usually the word prequel sets off our spidey senses but we’re actually quite optimistic about this one.

Set just before the action of the Kurt Russell classic of ‘82, the new movie will focus on the Norwegian base where an alien parasite has been wreaking havoc by shapeshifting. Check out the synopsis:

“Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller THE THING, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they’re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.”

As excited as I am, I’m going to have to wait till April 2011 to see The Thing in action again.


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