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Trailers from Hell: Jesus Trevino on 2011's 'The Thing'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 12, 2014 at 11:57AM

Let's Not Do It Again! continues at Trailers from Hell, with writer-director Jesus Trevino introducing "The Thing" -- and not the John Carpenter version.
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 'The Thing'
Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 'The Thing'

Let's Not Do It Again! continues at Trailers from Hell, with writer-director Jesus Trevino introducing "The Thing" -- and not the John Carpenter version.

That director Matthijs van Heijningen used John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of The Thing as the touchstone for his 2011 prequel rather than Howard Hawks’ 1951 original says as much about contemporary audiences as his own artistic bent; Carpenter’s garishly gonzo version is far more in keeping with current audience expectations than Hawks’ intensely suspenseful but comparatively discreet monster movie. Ironically, van Heijningen’s film disappointed at the box office because its approach was deemed too slavish to Carpenter’s version.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.