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Trailers from Hell: Jesus Trevino on 2011’s ‘The Thing’

Trailers from Hell: Jesus Trevino on 2011's 'The Thing'

Let’s Not Do It Again! continues at Trailers from Hell, with writer-director Jesus Trevino introducing “The Thing” — and not the John Carpenter version.

That director Matthijs van Heijningen used John Carpenter’s
1982 remake of The Thing as the touchstone for his 2011 prequel rather than
Howard Hawks’ 1951 original says as much about contemporary audiences as his
own artistic bent; Carpenter’s garishly gonzo version is far more in keeping
with current audience expectations than Hawks’ intensely suspenseful but
comparatively discreet monster movie. Ironically, van Heijningen’s film
disappointed at the box office because its approach was deemed too slavish to
Carpenter’s version.

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