Correct. It's a prequel. I've been anticipating it for a long time (though we can assume how it ends, since seemingly nobody from the Norwegian camp seemed to have survived the original).
I, too, consider Carpenter's flick not only one of the best monster movies, but a damn fine flick, period. Still tense and watchable after all these years.
seemingly nobody from the Norwegian camp seemed to have survived the original
Yes and no. At least two Norwegians survived their encounter with The Thing only to be killed while attempting to kill the malamute at the beginning of the film. The helicoter pilot blows himself up by accident and the sniper is shot by the Americans who think he trying to kill them. It's possible the writers of the prequel could say a third member of the camp survived, perhaps chasing the dog via snowcat and then becoming lost in a storm or something.
I think it would be awesome if John Carpenter shows up in a cameo since he actually plays one of the dead Norwegians in the '82 film.
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I'll probably wait for the dvd, but I'm excited to see Norwegian actors in an international movie :)
As for the Thing. I like the movie, but the beginning is horrible for me as a Norwegian. First time I watched it, they spoiled the whole movie by having them explaining everything in badly accented Norwegian :p
Saw the trailer and was disheartened. Good looking teens running around whilst CVG effects go into overload. They're just cashing in on John Carpenter's classic by using the same name and premise. Boo! Get some new ideas.
I seen it tonight. I liked it and it is indeed the prequel to John Carpenters one. I won't spoil it but there was a few interesting twists and some unanswered questions left. Most of the cast where not teens nor good looking. Mary Winstead being the exception.