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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.
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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…
I’ve recently noticed this trend in crappy horror films where characters unveil something and stand back with a look of complete and utter shock on their faces. They then all start shouting “Oh God!” before the specimen is finally shown to the audience. But the majority of the time you can’t even make out what the damn object is. The camera pans back and it’s just a patch of ice or something metallic. Is it a weapon? A body part? Some kind of vehicle? I don’t think even the filmmakers know most of the time.
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer is such a noob when it comes to rebooting classic horror franchises and he displays practically zero awareness of what The Thing…
John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic, The Thing, is rightly regarded as just that, a cult classic. When Dutch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen talked of a remake, the wagons were circling. This film however is not a remake, but a prequel, and it's rather good.
This may have did little at the box office, but whether it was bad marketing or simply apathy towards yet another "re-imagining", this deserved to be seen by a bigger audience. The story begins in the ice of Antarctica and a spaceship that's been buried for 100,000 years. Close by is what appears to be an alien body frozen under the surface. These Norwegians are intent on keeping their discovery secret, but call in American Paleontologist…
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…
What a pointless and unoriginal film. I bought this on Blu-ray mistaking it for the original by Carpenter...I guess I should have my eyes checked. Matthijs van Heijningen I can't even pronounce your surname, but dude....stick to commercials because they seem to accurately sum up your repertoire. This is just terrible, not because it was poorly made, but under the principle of bad taste. I can understand if your idea with this was to flatter John Carpenter and say, "Hey, look what I can do!", but...I mean...I'd sooner watch paint dry then suffer through this again.
salt in my eyes.
This movie comes off as a remake but in reality it is a prequel. As such it should have had a different title. So how is it compared to the original? It's ok. It's not a bad movie that's for sure and it has a few more jump scares than the original. Some of the computer animation is a bit off but for the most part it's convincing.
The biggest flaw of this prequel is that it doesn't do much new. It follows the formula of the first movie almost to the letter and then conveniently wraps everything up at the end. I'm not saying don't watch it... I'm saying watch the first one first. It's a better movie all around and you'll appreciate this prequel much more for it.
Fun thriller prequel. Very creepy and it does tie up a few loose ends from the original film.
John Carpenter’s “The Thing” in my own humble opinion, is without a doubt one of the scariest movies ever made, while released when Carpenter was working at the peak of his directing talent and a loving remake of the equally classic “The Thing From Another World” with Carpenter taking full advantage of the skills of Special effects wizardry of Rob Bottin to bring to life some truly hellish visions, which obviously wasn’t possibly for the original to pull off with it’s B-movie budget, even if it’s gasoline throwing sequence still looks equally amazing today. So perhaps it was with some hesitation that I approached this latest big budget remake of a horror classic.
It’s unsurprisingly that this release has been…
Good. Liked the ending.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead was on a rescue mission. Her rather lofty objective was to single-handedly stop this movie from being kind of terrible. And she largely succeeded!
On the whole, The Thing (2011) is kind of a rarity in that its second act is probably the best part of the film. The first act was super clunky and was moving pieces around a bit too noisily, especially when considered in contrast the simplicity of the 1982 version's opening. The third was basically just a series of meandering shots of Winstead and Joel Edgerton looking around waiting for something to attack them, punctuated by Winstead's occasional badass employment of the flamethrower. But it's the middle part of the film, where the…
Remake mascherato da prequel questo film.
Ovviamente se c'è qualcosina che funziona è tutto merito del ricordo del film di Carpenter che inevitalbilmente viene fuori durante la visione.
Il problema principale è che non si riesce ad empatizzare con i vari personaggi,a me sinceramente non fregava niente di nessuno di loro,nemmeno della bella Winstead.Finale che vorrebbe essere grandioso come quello carpenteriano ma stecca in modo clamoroso.
Potrebbe piacere se non si è visto il film del 1982 perchè nonostante tutto la struttura paranoica funziona abbastanza bene.
Meh. It was nice to see Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, but the movie wasn't that good...
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