While it doesn’t hold a flamethrower to the 1982 cult classic, The Thing prequel is itself a genuinely frightening and horrific monster movie.
For those who don’t know (and shame on you if you don’t), The Thing is a prequel to the John Carpenter classic of the same name, which itself was a remake of the 1951 film The Thing From Another World based on the short story by John W. Campbell Jr.
Carpenter’s 1982 version of The Thing is seen by many as a horror masterpiece thanks to its tight direction, well played performances and the excellent special effects work by Rob Bottin. In short, it sits on top of a high pedestal that Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen needed a rocket pack to reach. That he makes it three quarters of the way is enough to make his Thing a success.