New (Not Really) Red Band Trailer for The Thing


Ulrich Thomsen and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in The Thing (2011) Movie Image

The studio calls this a Red Band Trailer, but honestly, I don’t see why. The alien kills a couple of people in the minute-long spot, but I’ve seen scarier/bloodier deaths in an episode of “The Simpsons”. Overall, this thing looks pretty PG-13 to me. The film isn’t rated yet, but I wouldn’t be surprise if it did end up with the teen-friendly PG-13. That would be disappointing, but entirely predictable. Update: Apparently it is indeed R-rated. Still looks tame to me.

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.

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Kim Bubbs, Stig Henrik Hoff, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Kristofer Hivju, Jan Gunnar Røise, Jo Adrian Haavind and directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Taking over October 14, 2011.

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  • imrickjamesbitch

    You can fully see why it’s rated R. Although the shots in this trailer are very brief, just the transformation of the alien is a form of mutilation, and having people impaled with blood splattering will get an R rating. That’s why in movies like Hellboy in the scene where he beats that beast with a telephone they used change to fly out instead of any form of blood to keep a PG 13 rating. In this trailer there is even a scene where they are looking inside the alien and someone’s face is in there, this is an R for sure. It also says rated R at the end of the last trailer that was posted on this site.

  • Lexavi80

    Well, this is bullshit!!!.

    One of the things I was attracted the most was the fact that there was going to be a “ho your gonna trust” theme. Now thanks to this trainer we know 3 or 4 persons that are monsters for sure.

    So goodbye element of surprise!

  • enigmakitchen

    Why bother? I doubt it can stand up to either Hawks or Carpenter’s versions.