Since I recently saw "The Nice Guys", and loving the fact that they opened the film with the old 70s…
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…
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…
I have to give props to the director and crew for faithfully recreating the scenes shown at the beginning of John Carpenter's The Thing when Kurt Russell goes to the other outpost. Everything was placed exactly where it should have been and the sets looked the exact same. Unfortunately, that was about the only good thing I found about this completely unnecessary and painful prequel. Well, that and the recreating of the opening segment from the original film during the end credits. It was kind of cool to see that tie in with the original, complete with Carpenter's original score. It's just too bad that the rest of the film really didn't match up for me.
The 2011 version of…
It's complete shit. A fucking knock-off from the original one. It has nothing from the original master piece. One word...bullshit.
Less prequel than remake and one full of fake-looking CGI that takes you right out of the movie.
"So, I'm gonna die because I floss?"
2011's The Thing prequel, The Thing, isn't a bad movie, by any means. I actually rather enjoy it. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was a nice choice for the lead and carries the picture well. The film's biggest issue is being a prequel to one of the best horror movies of all time and the sometimes really shitty CGI.
And that title.
I consider John Carpenter's 1982 original The Thing one of my favorite films of all time, so I was worried about how the 2011 remake of it would be, especially considering the mixed reception it seemed to have.
Having now watched it for myself, I'm torn on what to think about this remake/prequel. Setting itself in the Norwegian camp from the first film was a smart idea, and gave the film some jumping off points for what it could do. But unfortunately, The Thing manages to simultaneously stick both too rigidly and too loosely on its source material. For example, I couldn't help but roll my eyes as the thing with the two faces kept appearing multiple times, just to…
I was debating giving this a 2 1/2 but I appreciate the fact that instead of just remaking Carpenter's classic, they chose to expand the story and did a prequel. However, one of the key pieces to why Carpenter's film is very much the superior is lacking greatly in this: the special effects. The over abundance of CGI just ruins this movie for me. I liked getting to see the alien more in this one, but we also may have seen too much. The climax of this movie is its strongest act, and when the original theme kicked in I couldn't help but smile. Overall, this is much better than a lot of new age horror movies but it still lacks charm.
Interesante prequemake lleno de horror digital, pero horror al fin y al cabo. Matthijs van Heijningen merecía mejor suerte, porque la operación era complicada y el paciente salió caminando por su propio pie apoyado en sus ocho patas.
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A godawful unnecessary prequel that recycles ideas from the original movie, with special effects incapable of reaching Rob Bottin's genius and replacing intelligent characters with sheer stupidity. I simply don't know why they made a prequel to a 30-year old classic.
But I guess not all of the acting is bad.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I didn't like it in theatres, and a rewatch didn't really help things.
It's not that it's the worst movie, it's just so uninteresting in so many ways, and completely fails as a follow-up/prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing.
The cgi and effects are boring, the story literally follows the same beats as the '82 sequel, the characters aren't complex or relatable, there's very little in way of intellectualism, and the lore of the creature isn't expanded or developed in any meaningful way.
I will say there's a couple really great moments, the scene where the monster first escapes the ice is really effective, I love the idea of "dental fillings" being a way to identify mimics, and some of the tie-ins are fun to see (though the fact that they exist kills any tension and it even still leaves certain things unresolved).
"I never believed in this shit."
In The Thing, everything that happened in The Thing happens pretty much the same way but more bland and less suspenseful. It's a prequel of an untouchable classic that was a remake of an adaptation of a book so it immediately has no chance of surpassing the original or doing anything wholly unique. Grading on a scale though, it really isn't awful.
Not to say The Thing is all that good either. It's very much doomed by its time which means it's certainly dumber, and it's certainly louder. The Thing spends more time in its thing form than as people, which takes a whole lot of the tension out of the movie. No real…
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