THE THING still has me reeling. I didn’t hate it, but it certainly wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. But what really puzzles me was the special f/x. We all knew there was gonna be CGI in the prequel, but early in the film we at least got a blending of CGI and practical f/x. Then suddenly in the later half of the film it becomes a CGI nightmare. But in their latest issue, Make-Up Artist Magazine got their hands on some pretty cool concept art and images from THE THING prequel.
Vincent Guastini’s special make-up effects credits includeRequiem for a Dream, Dogma and Saturday Night Live; he also contributed to the recent prequel of The Thing, although you wouldn’t know it from watching the film.
Guastini, who describes himself as “a huge fan of The Thing mythos” says he was contacted in 2004 when the Syfy channel was considering an episodic version of The Thing, and later, a made-for-TV feature version penned by Frank Darabont. Guastini submitted designs for the project but said that Daranbont had other artists in mind.
Inspired by John W. Campbell’s story Who Goes There? Guastini said he designed the alien as “a more tangible, cohesive being. I wanted to show what the creature looked like in its purest form, a chance to glimpse these beings as a race before they took the shape of those they assimilated.
Over time, however, concepts for the film and Guastini’s original ideas and designs ultimately weren’t used in the film. So here is your chance to see Guastini’s concept designs and sculptures for the first time.
These are some pretty great, horrific looking sketches and models. Shame they weren’t in the final film. What do you think?