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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.
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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…
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…
Somebody thought computer graphics would make a scary thing. That person or persons should not have touched The Thing with a ten foot pole, end of story.
Having not watched the original cult classic this was the first time watching the newer remake of the thing and very enjoyable. Though the monsters are a bit ridiculous it was freaky and exciting and the isolation of being in the arctic applies even more tension to the film. If the original is as good as people say i am looking forward to watch it having really enjoyed this one.
Do we really need a third screen version of John W. Campbell’s story, Who Goes There also known as The Thing from Another World, to quote the title of the 1951 film, or just plain, The Thing, to cite the 1982 John Carpenter remake? Not on the evidence of this film. In narrative terms, it is a prequel to the 1982 film, ending – spoiler alert - with an alien masquerading as a dog bounding towards the Antarctic research facility of McMurdo. This isn’t really a spoiler, since pretty much every horror movie these days sets up a sequel; if I see one that doesn’t, I might be genuinely shocked.
Those familiar with either Thing will know it is about…
With that I think I've seen all the things. Pretty pointless, but mostly harmless. No strong feelings against it; it's just one of those cases where there was no need for any of it, but that's not really a negative. It's just a meh type of movie that lacks most of the tension of the 82 version.
John Carpenter's The Thing is a cult classic for a reason. Filled with tension, excellent acting, incredible effects, and a pounding score, there's certainly a reason why his film is so well received and loved. Unfortunately, for the remake/prequel version, there's not a whole lot here that differentiates itself from the original.
The problem with this version of The Thing is that it too closely resembles the film it's building off of. That's not bad in certain moments - I love a well placed homage, just as much as the next person - but there's a difference between an homage and ripping off scenes, and it felt that this film was doing the…
Though it's well shot and Mary Elizabeth Winstead does a good job in the leading role, The Thing pales in comparison to John Carpenter's classic.
As a prequel this film doesn't quite work. It recycles themes, lines, and events from John Carpenter's 1982 classic in a pretty overt fashion. However, if you consider it a remake then it is actually very well done. It captures nearly the same degree of horror as the original, though I feel that the human to human distrust was not as well portrayed in this one. Additionally, the CGI Things were fine, but when you consider what was done in 1982 without CGI, when CGI was only a rumor being spread by The Thing's film twin, TRON, you really come to appreciate the original's effects work.
This movie is a great tribute, and it is nice that it explains all the weird stuff in the original, but if you really want a great psychological thriller then just go watch John Carpenter's version.
Ok, it wasn't that bad a second time around - filmmakers clearly love & have a great deal of respect for the original, as evidenced in numerous small details that otherwise wouldn't be there, but their main fault is that out of fear to change something they don't bring anything new to the table.
Pues realmente se me hace confuso juzgar a esta película, pues es una precuela con aires de remake. Para explicarme mejor, diré que si bien la trama toma lugar en el campamento vecino de la versión de Carpenter (Que es de donde sale "la cosa" y bla bla bla vean la película) hay momentos donde lo que ocurre parece ser tomado de esta versión, algunas muertes, transformación y hasta el final (aunque con un pequeño cambio), claro que ambas historias se basan en la misma historia corta, de modo que tendré que leerla para salir de esta duda. Pero en fin, no le llega ni a los talones a la versión de Carpenter, pues esta falla en crear el ambiente…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…