Prequel to ‘The Thing’ hits theaters

When you talk about originality, “The Thing” certainly stands out as different from your average horror movie today.

Something different about “The Thing” is that it’s actually a prequel to the 1982 movie directed by John Carpenter. The cool thing about this is the filmmakers don’t discount the first movie because at the end of the movie the filmmakers follow up where the first one starts off.

The movie was fairly well cast with stars consisting of only two girls and  a lot of guys.

Most of these actors are not as popular but they sure did a good job in meshing together in this movie.

The movie starts off when scientists Dr. Sander Halversen (Ulrich Thomas) and his assistant Adam Goodman (Eric Christian Olsen) come to recruit Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) for a mission where they find a creature that died and has been frozen for about 100,000 years.

Early on in the movie, it seems like everything is going well as their discovery is coming together and they realize they are going to be a part of history.

The movie really picks up when the creature is able to escape from the frozen cube it was trapped in. The interesting aspect is that you have to be willing to believe what the filmmakers are trying to sell you in the movie. If you do this, it can be really fun.

One of the cool things about this movie is that there are a number of moments that surprise you and make you jump out of your seat.

The Thing ends up killing a research team member, Henrik (Jo Adrian Haavind). Henrik was not only killed, but he also was swallowed whole.

The scientists then captured the creature and they were able to burn it to death but the results are not what you would have expected.

When Kate is in the autopsy room examining the creature’s cells, she notices that they were not only attaching but also absorbing and imitating Henrik’s body cells.

She tries to tell the people in the crew, but no one believes her until the helicopter crash, which was caused by an attack by the creature hiding inside one of the passenger’s bodies.

That’s when the story takes an interesting turn as people in the movie don’t know who the creature is and who the humans are.

This is different from every normal horror movie these days because the killings that do happen are not senseless.

There is a point to every person’s death in the movie.

The killings aren’t just to scare.

As the movie continues on, people start to question others, even separating each other into groups.

Two of the people who were involved in the plane crash turn back up at camp, and it has people questioning if they are human or not.

This is one of the most intriguing parts of the movie because you can feel they might be going for some sort of twist but you really don’t know for sure.

As people continue to separate, the drama picks up because the Thing is spreading to numerous people at this point.

It makes the movie more believable because it is not everyone against the Thing, as people in the group start to turn on each other instead of working together, which in this situation is entirely believable.

Even though most of this movie takes place in one setting, I think that adds to it, similar to “The Shining.”

Once the helicopter is gone and the snow storm happens, there is no place for these people to go without getting hurt or even killed.

The ending is a twist and one that  viewers will have to see for themselves.

For those who want horror, action, suspense and twists, “The Thing” will certainly hit home in all of those places.

ALEX FRYLING

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