Teaser poster for The Thing invades

Universal has released the first teaser poster for their soon to be released thriller The Thing, a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 film of the same name. The poster too harks back to that earlier movie, which of course had its own iconic poster. This one is a little tame by comparision but does a fine job of linking the two movies.

The movie follows a group of scientists who discover an alien spacecraft buried beneath the ice of Antarctica. In a stroke of misfortune they accidently let loose the pilot of the craft, a shape-shifting alien who can take human form!

The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, and Eric Christian Olsenand is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. who is making his feature film debut with the film.

The film is due for release October 14th, so expect to be hearing a lot more very soon.


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.  Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead).