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Teaser Trailer for 'The Human Centipede 2' and Clip from 'The Thing' Released

In the mood for some fright flicks? Then today’s batch of trailers is just what the (demented) doctor ordered.

First up, IFC Films has unveiled the new US teaser trailer for Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence. The follow-up to Six’s controversial cult hit promises to be more extreme than its predecessor and has already been banned in the UK. Released in black & white, the teaser features scenes from the original film intercut with footage from the sequel. The new tale purports to be “100% medically inaccurate,” but focuses on a man who becomes sexually obsessed with the idea of the human centipede after seeing the first movie.

The film stars Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, and Dominic Borrelli and will have a limited theatrical release next month then appear on IFC’s VOD channel. Hat tip to our friends at Twitch for sharing the new clip.

We’ve been trying to be optimistic when it comes to Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s prequel to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film The Thing, but it hasn’t been easy. The new movie, which tells the tale of what happened to the Norwegian team who uncover the alien life force buried in the Antarctic ice, has suffered several delays during production so that the team could go back and re-shoot sequences and work on the special effects – something that’s never a good sign.

Still, we’ve kept our fingers crossed that stars Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead could bring us a worthy predecessor to Carpenter’s terrifying film (itself a remake of Howard Hawks’ and Christian Nyby’s The Thing from Another World). After seeing this new clip, which debuted at MTV, it’s getting harder to maintain that optimistic outlook…

The newly unveiled scene is less than a minute long, but it features your typical horror movie jump scare – complete with musical zinger on the soundtrack. While we’re not automatically against jump scares in films, Carpenter’s movie certainly didn’t use them – because it didn’t need to. That the new version of The Thing is resorting to silly “boo!” moments to fake out the audience isn’t a good sign – and would seem to indicate that van Heijningen and crew have completely missed the point when it comes to what made the first film so unrelentingly terrifying. Maybe (hopefully…) this is an isolated incident – but seeing something so lame as a jump scare in the clip is just one more reason why we’re concerned about this feature.

Check out the clip below and see for yourself. The Thing invades theaters on October 14th


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