I’m not going to tell you that The Thing, the prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter classic coming out in about a month, is going to be great. It ought to be great, but that’s hardly an indicator in this day and age. I will tell you this, though: It’s gonna get $8 of my money. I’ve been excited about this movie since the first teasers (but then, I was also pretty psyched about Tron Legacy).

If you’re anything like me, you don’t need any convincing at this point. But I’ll show you this anyway:

From the original movie: The strange body MacReady finds burned and frozen outside the ruined Norwegian base. Sometimes referred to as "old splitface."

From the red-band trailer for the prequel: This guy is alive and in motion in the trailer. I think there's a flamethrower and a freeze in his immediate future.

Ironically, all indications are that the plot of this prequel is a direct mirror of the original. We certainly know how it ends! But one of the things I found compelling about the original was the implication that MacReady and crew’s story was just one iteration in a thousand horror stories that came before it—at the Norwegian base, on the alien saucer, and who knows how many times before? The fact that I know the story and the ending doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm one bit.

Seriously, with a nod like that one (not just the presence of ol’ splitface, but the fact that they teased him in the trailer), how can you not want to see this movie?

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