Then and Now: Compare The Thing and The Thing Prequel TV Spots
09.16.11 by BJSprecher
The onset of fall marks the official end of the action/adventure-heavy Summer Movie Season and the arrival of more and more horror movies in theaters in the weeks leading up to Halloween. One that we are especially looking forward to is director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s The Thing, a prequel to John Carpenter's terrifying 1982 movie of the same name. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, the prequel reveals the discovery of the alien spacecraft and the frozen E.B.E. (Extraterrestrial Biological Entity) that caused so much trouble for Kurt Russell and co. in the original. With the recent airing of the first TV spot for Heijningen's prequel, we wanted to see how it stacks up against the spot for Carpenter's original. Which one's better?
Here's the upcoming prequel's first TV spot.
And here's the TV spot that aired for Carpenter's movie back in 1982.
The Thing was written by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Like Carpenter's movie, it's based on the sci-fi novella Who Goes There?, written by John W. Campbell, Jr.'s (under the pen name "Don A. Stuart") and first published in the August 1938 issue of Astounding Stories. Eric Christian Olsen, Jonathan Walker, Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju,, and Jo Adrian Haavind also star.