This Undead Monday, we take a sneak peek at The Thing, the prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter science fiction horror classic of the same name.

A more faithful adaptation of the 1938 science fiction novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr than the classic 1951 Howard Hawks-Christian Nyby film The Thing from Another World, John Carpenter's The Thing, a 1982 science fiction horror film starring Kurt Russell has long been considered a cult horror classic despite its initially poor theatrical box office performance. Considered by the renowned horror director to be a part of his Apocalypse Trilogy (together with 1997's Prince of Darkness and 1995's In the Mouth of Madness), the film was one of the early innovator of survival horror with its singular plot on a group of scientific researchers trapped with a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform which is capable of imitating other being in an isolated area in Antarctica.

Remaining as a relatively engaging property despite the passing of almost three decades, the film has went on to spawn a novel (yes, a novel based on a movie based on a novella), a comic miniseries (published by Dark Horse), and even a well-received video game sequel for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox (developed by Computer Artworks) in 2002. And now an official prequel film bearing the exact same name of the original is slated to be released this October.

Taking place right before the first film, the prequel follows the original exploits of the Norwegian and American research scientists who discovered the "Thing". Directed by DUtch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., the film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as American paleontologist Kate Lloyd who collaborated with the Norwegian scientific team for the most unfortunate exploits in Antarctica that (based on what we saw in the 1982 original, we can safely assumed) proved to be most fatal.

Have a healthy dose of fear and horror in freezing white form with the trailer that was released recently by Universal Pictures (head over to MSN to view the trailer in breezing HD).

Hit the jump for the newly-released poster, followed by the official synopsis of 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.

And here's a collection of set stills from the film.


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