Universal Pictures “The Thing” has some scary assets to help celebrate the impending release of the prequel to the John Carpenter 1982 film.

“It Will Become You” Custom Video Creator allows its user to turn into The Thing itself. By uploading a video, using a YouTube video or Webcam, users can create a custom video that shows the tentacles of The Thing shooting out of your body. After creating the video, users can share it on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else on the web with your own custom URL. Users can check out the video creator here.

The Augmented Reality Flamethrower Game allows Android and iOS users to wage war against the aliens with flamethrowers in a 360-degree virtual environment and use facial recognition to “infect” themselves–complete with a split face showing the alien invading the body–using the augmented reality app. The app is free and can be downloaded here for Apple devices and here for Android devices.

YouTube users can also scare their friends by sending them a link to a video called “The Bikini So Small it should Be Outlawed.” The video starts out normally enough, but as the user watches, the page starts to shudder and The Thing launches itself through the page, accompanied by a horrific crash. At the end of the experience, the trailer for “The Thing” plays and the user can share the scary page with their friends by visiting this link.

The full synopsis of “The Thing” is:

“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 a creature is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads among a group of researchers as they encounter something inhuman that has the ability to turn itself into an exact replica of any living being.

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 a creature buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the ice eons ago. But it is about to wake up.

When a simple experiment frees the thing 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.

The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen, the thriller is produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (‘Dawn of the Dead’).”

Make sure to check out the official site for “The Thing” as well as the Facebook and Twitter pages.

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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