Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
It's Not Human. Yet.
When paleontologist Kate Lloyd travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller.
Hi, my name is Screening Notes, and I'm... a remake apologist.
Hi Screening Notes.
It's been three and a half weeks since my last remake, but last night... last night I watched the remake of The Thing, and I don't mean John Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece, I mean the new 2011 one... and I liked it. I mean, I didn't just think it wasn't bad, I actively enjoyed watching it. The effects are nothing compared to Carpenter's and the ending has some issues (although the way the credits sequence sets up the 1982 version is nice), but I genuinely loved the introduction of the language barrier to heighten tension and play on the question of who's a Thing, and I thought…
Although an entirely redundant remake masquerading as a prequel, The Thing, when taken at face value is competent enough. For those few who have yet to experience the delights of Carpenter’s film they may well enjoy this superfluous retread. But for those who remember the ‘82 original then this film may be harder to swallow.
John Carpenter’s film is one of my all time favourite horror films (as this list attests). It is brilliant for many reasons but the three main areas for me are in its characterisation, paranoia and groundbreaking special effects. Coincidentally these are the key areas where the prequel most struggles. I defy anybody to remember more than two of the character’s names this time around. Where…
Why watch this inferior remake when the Original John Carpenter's The Thing is available!!!
Fourth on my list '5 Days....5 Remakes (boxd.it/5hJy )
we have The Thing.
Now...I will never moan about a remake because the original is too precious...God knows we have had enough of that lately with Evil Dead being released.
But this to me seems utterly pointless.
They have replaced the, quite obviously dated, practical effects with SyFy standard C.G.I and replaced an excellent lead in Kurt Russell with Mary Elisabeth Winstead...as pretty as she is, her performance here may aswell have been delivered by a plate of cold, lumpy mashed potato. So bland and lifeless!!
A tense blood test scene replaced with a dental check up?
Plus one of my personal hates in films that mix English with foreign language dialogue. Why is only half of it subtitled? Either do it all or do none...
No tension...no horror...no twists. Plus what was the point of the dog chase?
Though billing itself as a prequel to the original 1982 John Carpenter sci-fi classic, The Thing isn't fooling anyone right from the off - this is a remake in all but name, simply able to point at the fact from a narrative perspective it picks up a loose, mysterious thread from the original and weaves it into a tale it can sync up to the original's mythology, yet that doesn't mean this tells a story largely any different from that movie. Matthijs van Heijningen's movie remains thematically on the same level: using the eponymous alien creature as the context to tell a story of paranoia & fear within an enclosed space around a group of largely strangers. He does it with…
"I'm gonna die because I floss?"
The biggest mistake director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. made was allowing the name of the film be The Thing, right there you are going up hill with a giant rock in your back, not a very wise choice in my opinion.
The film has a decent cast, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Christian Olsen some of this actors have indie credentials, the film don't look half bad and it has a couple good set pieces.
I remember the first time I watch it, I was comparing it to the classic John Carpenter The Thing without realizing this are two different type of films,…
Received the same name of the other movie,but this is the prequel! It is nice with incredible visual effect, sometimes i miss the animatronic things and those makeups!
Of course it's not as good as John Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece. How could it be? It's a movie that tells a prequel-story to a film made nearly 30 years earlier. None of the primary cast or crew have returned. Practical special-effects have been supplanted with CGI. The prequel aspect of the narrative shifts the focus from "What's going to happen?" to "How did that thing we already know about specifically happen?" These are each disadvantages that could by themselves derail a franchise-film. Somehow though, The Thing (2011) manages to remain cohesive, compelling and even has some nice scare-moments. It does revisit some of the gags from the 1982 version which could detract from the earlier film. As such, I think…
Muy difícil lo tenia esta precuela para no acabar despedazada por las comparaciones con la película de Carpenter y así a sido. A pesar de tener innumerables guiños a La cosa de Carpenter no acierta a entender lo que hizo esta película una obra de culto y aunque tiene un comienzo interesante no tarda en convertirse en una especie de Alien en el que no se entiende que un monstruo cuyo su afán es pasar desapercibido se muestre aquí como un cazador implacable y ruidoso que acaba con todo lo que se pone a su alcance.
Strangely, I did not hate this, but nothing I'd probably watch again. I do laud the 1982 version as an innovative sci-fi scare flick with genius effects and true understanding of paranoia. This one actually works as its own movie, connection to John Carpenter's classic aside. Mary Elizabeth Winstead makes a great lead and Joel Edgerton gets chances to shine as well. The rest of the cast is overshadowed too much to make any sense of loss tragic, which is a shame. The CG can at times be silly and cartoonish, but sometimes works competently. The direction here is inspired, but really is no comparison to the master. The true reason this tanked with critics and audiences is as a…
Interesting enough for a polar horror film. All though putting it on expecting the original is only what can be described as very disappointing and a little let down. the "thing" wasn't that great, but held my attention and kept me thinking.
Other than the obvious "Why bother?" question, the one thing that bugs me most about this remake is - "Why recycle the distress beacon from Sunshine?" I can't think of any logical reason it's there and it seems an extremely obtuse nod to the Boyle film otherwise....
Man, fuck this movie. I respect their approach, to tell a prequel story that leads into Carpenter’s 1982 original but they could have gone down their own patch instead of pathetically trying to follow in it’s footsteps by lifting story beats verbatim. I like Mary Elizabeth Winstead and she makes for a great heroine and Joel Edgerton is always reliable but the material they’re given is just so second-rate. It lacks the elegance of John Carpenter’s filmmaking. There isn’t any tension or threat. It moves too fast. That might sound like a strange criticism to give but the thing that’s fascinating about Carpenter’s original (which itself was a remake) was that it’s a 100 minute movie but it feels longer…
Read my NPR review.
A decent but ultimately disappointing "pre-make." I give the film-makers a lot of credit for making a prequel instead of trying to re-make such a masterpiece, but they still ended up copying the same plot progression for most all the movie. Entertaining, but not that great, and too much of a "modern hollywood horror" treatment for the story.
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