The Thing – Behind-the-Scenes Pictorial Blow-Out! See Some of the Creatures!

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Ever since the announcement of a prequel to the John Carpenter classic The Thing, fans have been worried about one thing … the over use of CGI. Well, we’re sure CGI will play a role somehow, but one look at these glorious practical effects shots, and we can guarantee you’ll be feeling a LOT better.

Below you’ll find a slew of behind-the-scenes images from the upcoming film, which come courtesy of the unofficial The Thing Prequel Facebook page, including the very first monster shots AND pictures of some of the maquettes used in the movie. More importantly … IT’S ALL PRACTICAL.

Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr., is directing from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer and Ronald D. Moore. The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Jonathan Walker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Eric Christian Olsen, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju, and Jo Adrian Haavind.

Look for The Thing in theatres on October 14, 2011. For more right now visit The Thing website, become a fan on The Thing Facebook page, and follow The Thing on Twitter!

Editor’s Note
The below photos are not sanctioned in any way by Universal Studios for their film The Thing. They’ve not been dubbed official and may not represent how the effects appear in the film.

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.

The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead).

The Thing - Behind-the-Scenes Pictorial Blow-Out! See Some of the Creatures!

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  • Vanvance1

    I am curious. The thing is I hate prequels. What’s the point of a story when you already know what will happen?

    Even David J. Schow (a massive talent) could barely make it work for Leatherface.

    I think the perfect example as to why prequels suck and be stated in two words: Star Wars. I rest my case.

    • Shambling_in_Bandages

      You already knew what was going to happen in the ‘Star Wars’ prequels before the films were made? Do you mean to say that you knew there was going to be a really annoying character called Jar Jar Binks and you never warned anyone?! You, sir, are a wicked, wicked man.

      • Vanvance1

        I’m going to Hell. No wait, I can make up for my sin! I will do something virtuous:

        Be warned, the next Twilight film will really, really suck!

        Oooo, what’s this above my head? A halo already.

  • Gus Bjork

    I’ve been looking forward to this for some time now but this just seals the deal. I love the three eyed creature. It’s nice to see a creature with some evil in it, not just a mashed up bunch of parts. And, if I remember right, the actual form of the alien in Who Goes There was a three eyed creature, a blue tentacle ball of some sort.

    • DavidFullam

      Yes, the creature in the original story had 3 eyes and kind of wormy tentacles.