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.
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…
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,…
An absolutely pointless remake masquerading as a prequel to John Carpenter's classic 1982 horror. Shoddy CGI replaces the amazing practical effects of the original and any hope of originality, tension or frights is lost, even a rehash of the famous blood-test scene is dull and stupid.
The usually fantastic Mary Elisabeth Winstead leads a cast where no-one is truly awful but with nobody rising above blandness either. A truly forgettable and disappointing experience.
Oh, and so that's how the axe got in the wall. That was fucking underwhelming.
My car would not start this morning, probably a result of the blistering cold. I heated it up and tried to get the thing (no pun intended) started, but it simply wouldn't work. So for today I am trapped at home while the snow blows around out there, what better time for a double feature of The Thing?
A group of Norwegian scientists discover a strange creature frozen in the ice of Antarctica, and its ship a lot further away from there. They bring in Kate, an American paleontologist who specializes on animal remains. Right before they begin to extract the creature, it comes alive and escapes, but that's not all - they discover that it can replicate a human…
I don't care what anyone says, this film stands up as an individual entity and gains further justification when seen in close conjunction with Carpenter's original. Of course it lacks some subtlety, the score isn't as good and the characters less well drawn out, but despite this it has the power to frighten in exactly the same way. In its best moments it plays on the same sense of paranoia and you only wish the filmmakers drew these out further. CGI is no match for practical effects however the end results are nevertheless delightfully squeamish. I find the tie-ins to the 1982 vintage clever and it's clear the film was made by fans of Carpenter's movie.
Una precuela que funciona como remake y no añade nada al conjunto. Un mero ejercicio de efectos especiales y otro de esos ejemplos remake/obra original que te enseña como la creación de una obra a cambiado a lo largo de la historia del cine. Las metáforas y la sutileza de la primera desaparecen para ser un festival del horror, que también podía ser la anterior. Y lo más obvio, los efectos especiales. Un entretenido pero vació remake/precuela.
The 2011 prequel to John Carpenters masterpiece fails for two reasons:
1. It tries way too hard to please the fans with scenes that directly leads into the original. Some of them are fun but some are just silly like the creation of the iconic twofaced creature.
2. The climax. Everything with the climax. Someone thought the movie needed to end like your average hollywood actionmovie. Baad choice.
With all of that said this is actually quite a fun big budget monstermovie with lots of gloopy sfx and a general sense of fun. I think a lot of us were too busy comparing it to the original, quite frankly being bit too anal. I sure as hell was .
Resolvi assisti Enigma de Outro Mundo, seria o 100º filme do ano, mas me lembrei dessa prequência que eu meio que ignorei e achei que seria legal rever junto.
A verdade é que não é um filme ruim. É um filme que respeita os aspectos do original, 30 anos depois. Não tem a magia nem a profundidade de detalhes do original, mas não surge apenas como uma alegoria criada por um diretor sem noção que pensava apenas em ganhar dinheiro em cima da "marca" The Thing.
Neste filme não há um trabalho criativo tão elaborado quanto no original, e a computação gráfica teima em destruir a naturalidade dos monstros, mas ainda assim se encaixa bem no universo criado por John Carpenter (que na verdade é um remake).
Veja, e imediatamente depois veja o original.
Con una semana de retraso con respecto a su estreno en USA ha llegado a los cines de España La cosa (The Thing, 2011) de Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., la precuela con aroma a remake de la insuperable obra maestra del cine de ciencia ficción y terror que es La cosa (The Thing, 1982) de John Carpenter. Con un reparto encabezado por Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen o Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, el proyecto de Universal Pictures deja claro desde su inicio que se ha trabajado aplicando el mayor respeto al film del que bebe, pero pese a ese respeto, encomiable trabajo, también se confirma que esta La cosa no es ni por asomo una pizca de…
Don't even bother. Please.
Kein Vergleich zum Carpenter Film. In allen Belangen schlechter (Schauspieler, Effekte, Spannung). Unnötig.
Aufgrund des Fanservices im Abspann gerade noch 2,5 Sterne.
Honestly, it feels a little unfair to be reviewing this since I wasn't truly giving it my full attention, but rather just sort of had it on while I did other things. But from what I can tell it's not as bad as everyone made it out to be.
Sure, Carpenter's film is a masterpiece. And yes, despite the fact that this is a "prequel", it's really kind of still a remake, after all it's from the same source. But in theory the idea behind the film is an interesting one, and truthfully it's not all that poorly executed. The acting isn't terrible, the writing is perfectly fine, and the director clearly has a great sense of style (those lens…
Now I’m not a true blue fan of the original like most people, so I wasn’t offended by how this is basically a remake gussied up as a prequel, or how bland it all was. Still, the Carpenter version was a lot more fun. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is really cute though, and makes things watchable. And Vaughn from Community! Little nips!
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- Enter the Void
- Evil Bong
- The Harder They Come
- The Island of Dr. Moreau
- Black Caesar
- The Thing
- Blood Tracks
Horror films which take place in winter/snow/cold.
Suggestions are always welcomed.