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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.
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!!!
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.
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 know this was sold as a prequel but let's not kid ourselves this is a remake and an unnecessary one. John Carpenter's The Thing is one of the finest horror movies ever made but it is also a remake. This isn't a bad movie taken on it's own but when compared to Carpenter's movie it just doesn't measure up.
There was no chance of this film bettering John Carpenter's film, so there's no real reason watching this film when you can watch the original. It's not an overly bad remake, but the one thing that should have improved this film was the graphics. Yet I prefer the graphics in the original film, which made me sick to the stomach. This film was just largely unoriginal, lacked any big scares, and came across as unnecessary as most remakes do.
Making a remake or prequel to a much renowned horror classic is going to be an uphill struggle. The main issue is that regardless of how good or well made the new film is, it will always have the difficult experience of being compared to the original. The shadow of John Carpenter's "The Thing" looms large over the prequel, a shadow made all the more large by how great the original was and how poor this prequel is.
The main issue seems to be that the film is more remake than prequel. The story and set pieces are identical in many places and barely updated or reinvented in others. There are a few new spins on classic moments, but it's…
An absolutely horrible prequel, remake, whatever.. the effects are so laughably bad that I don't know how to talk about it.
The Thing is not your normal Sci-Fi movie, it is also a gruesome monster movie. If you like movies such as Resident Evil, Dawn of the Dead, or possibly even Alien.. you will like this movie. The best part of The Thing.. is just that.. the thing, the concept of the alien creature is great in this movie. The actions that the alien takes on are gruesome and also awesome making the concept of the movie interesting. Although the creature is exciting, the movie itself is nothing to get too excited about. The acting is medium range, and the pace is steady, although in the end nothing is extraordinary about The Thing. After watching I would say this movie is worth a rental or if ever on Netflix give it a shot!
For a while I thought that they might actually pull off this prequel/remake of Carpenter's masterpiece, The Thing. Despite the homogenously Swedish, er, Norwegian cast, I liked the idea of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the lead, they paid attention to the details of the camp from the original movie and there wasn't any stupid modern-day flash-cut editing. However, once they revealed the creature way too early and CG effects took over, I realized that wasn't happening. While there are nice touches, like an interesting twist on the blood test scene, there's nobody with the charisma of Kurt Russell for us to root for and nothing like Wilford Brimley's freakout to really demonstrate the stakes. Eventually it devolves into a "CG…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
not a bad film, but almost a complete mimic of Carpenter's 1982 inspiration. a lot of practical FX are now replaced with CGI, and the story and reveals are already familiar. there's a lack of surprise for most of this outing, and even the suspense falters once the movie kicks into heavy action. it just doesn't capture the same tone; we see a lot more of the nemesis than we ever did before, so that right there shows the filmmakers had another mission statement. they set out with loving homage in their hearts, i'm sure, but Aliens & Ripley got wedged in there more and more as the film was developed.
still, i had "holy shit!" moments a few times...
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