Man is the warmest place to hide

Currently watching The Thing prequel/remake and trying to figure out whether it was a terrible idea or a great one. The 1982 John Carpenter version is sci-fi horror at its best, its paranoid characters, isolated setting and groundbreaking practical effects creating some of the most unsettling scenes in cinema.

So far it’s shaping up to be a pretty similar retelling of the same story, despite featuring different characters and describing the events that led up to Carpenter’s Thing. Flamethrowers and mutilated dogs abound! It’s a shame that they haven’t tried to take this version in a new direction (though the inclusion of a female lead – indeed, any women at all – might suggest some fresh air, Mary Elizabeth Winstead mostly just reacts to other people doing Kurt Russell impressions), but I guess if you’re going to ape something, you might as well ape the best.

It’s fairly obvious that this was a studio mandate: the original’s more than a decade old, so clearly no-one at the theatre will have ever seen or heard of it.

Speaking of the death of originality, here’s a link to some gorgeous concept art for the canned Pixar film Newt (c/o Bleeding Cool):

It makes my heart ache to think the story behind such vibrant images will probably never get to be told. I don’t want to think about why this had to be removed from the company’s release schedule because it might have something to do with Monsters University or Cars 2.

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