The Thing behind-the-scenes video feature The Thing, which opens Oct. 14, involves the same setting

The Thing behind-the-scenes video feature

The Thing, which opens Oct. 14, involves the same setting and shape-shifting alien menace as John Carpenter’s 1982 classic horror film of the same name, but it isn’t a remake. Instead, the new movie is a prequel to the 1982 film, which starred Kurt Russell as one of a group of researchers who encounter the alien in the Antarctic wastes.

The new movie stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton and was directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. in his feature-film debut.

This video feature is a nice introduction to the movie, telling how the filmmakers worked to recreate the sets from the 1982 movie but in a purer pre-monster-rampage state.

The origins of the story dates back to 1938, when science-fiction author John W. Campbell Jr. wrote the novella Who Goes There? about what happens when a crew of scientists at an Antarctic research station unearths an alien spaceship.

Howard Hawks drew inspiration from it from his 1951 movie The Thing From Another World.

The Collector’s Edition of Carpenter’s 1982 film The Thing is available on Blu-Ray and DVD. The newly remastered classic features special features including an 80-minute making-of documentary, a stop-motion animation cut from the film, production art and storyboards, cast production photographs and more.

The Thing movie production still with Mary Elizabeth Winstead battling a shape-shifting alien

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