A GTA V fan has created a pretty convincing trailer for John Carpenter’s The Thing using assets from Rockstar’s popular game and a series of mods.
The video, uploaded by YouTuber gigerbrick (real name David Vann), is impressive for several reasons. First off, many of the shots in the trailer (most notably the shots of a helicopter chasing a dog through the frozen wild) really do resemble the shots used in John Carpenter’s 1982 masterpiece. It’s clear that much more went into this project than the efforts of some GTA fans messing around in GTA Online.
What’s even more impressive than the movie’s cinematic faithfulness, though, is the suite of tools used to make this trailer happen. We know that GTA V boasts an impressive mod scene that offers creators a variety of tools, but the clever mix of customized tools and traditional in-game assets featured in this trailer. Indeed, it seems like gigerbrick elected to use certain in-game assets rather than mods just to show off how varied the content in GTA V truly is.
Of course, it’s the custom Thing assets that really sell this recreation. Your biggest takeaway from this video might just be how awesome a Rockstar-developed adaptation of The Thing might be. So far as that goes, we can only recommend you hunt down a copy of the surprisingly excellent 2002 video game adaptation of the film that was released for Xbox, PS2, and PC.
This isn’t the first time that GTA V fans have recreated a film trailer in the game, but in terms of recreating a movie that has almost nothing to do with GTA V‘s core content, this is one of the most ambitious projects we’ve ever seen. We just wonder what John Carpenter would think about it (he is a big video game fan, in case you didn’t know).
You can also consider this your reminder to watch The Thing if it’s been awhile since you’ve last seen it, or if you’ve (*gasp*) never seen the movie in the first place. It’s one of the greatest horror films of the ’80s, one of the best uses of practical effects in movie history, and an unbelievably tense story of a group of men trapped with a shapeshifting parasitic alien.