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…
"For being one of the most top rated horror movies this is really meh"
(Realises I've been watching the wrong version halfway through)
Remakes of John Carpenter movies have been a mixed bag in recent years. Rob Zombie's completely pointless (though fairly entertaining) Halloween remake aside the rest have been atrocious (his Halloween sequel and the shitty Assault on Precinct 13 remake for example). For that reason alone I was a little apprehensive about the new The Thing film, but when I heard it was more of a prequel I decided to give it a shot.
The reality is that it's actually kind of a prequel and a remake rolled into one. The film takes place days before the original film only it takes place at the Norwegian outpost that Kurt Russel tracks down in Carpenter's film, and it basically tells the story…
Hay que tener mucho cuidado al hacer la precuela de una de las mejores películas de terror de todos los tiempos, como es The Thing, un clásico de 1982 del maestro John Carpenter.
En este caso funciona, ya que el feeling original de la película esta ahí, tensión, suspenso, horror y mucho gore, además de tener detalles que nos explican mucho lo que vemos en la secuela de 1982, logrando una buena conexión entre las dos partes al final de la película.
La dirección del holandés Matthijs van Heijningen es buena, y a destacar la actuación badass de la siempre guapísima Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Puntos extra por contratar actores noruegos y no americanos que hablen el idioma, dándole más credibilidad a la historia.
This remake masquerading as a prequel is a real missed opportunity. It could have taken the Alien route and at least tried to do something different and interesting. Instead it pointlessly tries to match its "sequel" beat for beat.
It does have it's moments, doing a pretty decent job with the effects despite not having the "How the hell did they do that?" factor of the Carpenter classic. It also occasionally manages to capture some of its paranoia.
One of its biggest problems for me (although it might seem minor) is that nobody looks remotely cold. One area where a little more CGI wouldn't have gone a miss would have been making their breath a bit more visible. In fact, with all the flame thrower action, I don't think I've ever felt quite so toasty watching a movie.
In the end, the movie is successful in achieving what it sets out to do. The question is, why?
A preferencia por efeitos práticos, abusando do uso de próteses e maquiagem grotescas, é acertada. Uma pena que com isso as inserções de computação gráfica se tornem ainda mais falsas, pelo contraste.
Se é pra ver a Ramona Flowers presa em um lugar fechado sem saber em quem confiar, é melhor assistir Rua Cloverfield, 10. E sem entrar em spoilers, alguns acontecimentos no terceiro ato se tornam perturbadoramente parecidos.
I enjoyed it. It had some flaws. The ending was a really big one. But still enjoyable.
Esta cinta me causo muchos sentimientos encontrados, el mítico film de John Carpenter siempre está en lo más alto de las criticas mundiales especializadas, una de las grandes peculiaridades de la película es que es como un iceberg a pesar de los años solido como un monstruo; no pierde esa calidad y gana fans a lo largo de las décadas.
Por lo tanto tratar de homenajear este film es una tarea asesina lo que aplaudo del productor y dueño de los derechos David Foster quien produjera el original para Carpenter (y esto porque de tres posibles opciones escogieron esta, porque bien pudieron hacer un Remake, Secuela o una precuela), trae una propuesta a manos de un director Matthijs Van Heijningen…
two stars for mary elizabeth winstead who Did That™
Not as bad as I expected, but entirely forgettable. I would have preferred a glorious disaster to a limp effort.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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