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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…
I’ve recently noticed this trend in crappy horror films where characters unveil something and stand back with a look of complete and utter shock on their faces. They then all start shouting “Oh God!” before the specimen is finally shown to the audience. But the majority of the time you can’t even make out what the damn object is. The camera pans back and it’s just a patch of ice or something metallic. Is it a weapon? A body part? Some kind of vehicle? I don’t think even the filmmakers know most of the time.
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer is such a noob when it comes to rebooting classic horror franchises and he displays practically zero awareness of what The Thing…
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…
For years, all we at Mondo Cinema heard was how bad the thing prequel was. Watching the movie was put on the back burner. That's to bad because this movie rocks. It fits very well as a companion piece to the Carpenter film. It even has that dude from Game of Thrones in it. So sometimes if pays not to listen to negative reviews and give a movie a spin. The Thing 2011 is Mondo Cinema approved.
I truly wish this would have been what it was supposed to be from the get go. So much wasted potential...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
At some point, on Letterboxd, a while ago, I had read a review of this that mentioned that the titular monster shows up less than a third of the way through, as in, visually shows up in computer-generated glory. "That can't be right?" I thought. That would be like a Christian rock band covering a song about heroin as a sweet sincere pop ballad. That would be like JJ Abrams taking one of the all-time great movies about age and experience, and raiding it only for plot elements while using a cast of twenty and thirty-somethings. That would be like remaking Gosford Park strictly as a mystery, and maybe adding some action elements, instead of that boring "class stuff."
You know what the best thing about these remakes / reboots is?
It's the way you can use them to scare the shit out of people on your timeline. Just think of the amount of times, when they released those Total Recall and Robocop remakes, you saw 2 star or less reviews of them and thought, "OH FUCK THIS SHIT, THEY ARE GET UNFOLL....oh." They serve their purpose.
The thing about The Thing is that I thought it was rather enjoyable so my rating isn't going to accidentally alarm too many people too much. Unfortunately :( Its main fault is that it gets caught between three stalls. It gets caught between being a prequel to The Thing, a…
mary elizabeth winstead in a secluded location AND fighting aliens? 10 cloverfield lane did it better
As a fan of the original (although I've only watched it once), I came to this version wondering "is this re-make really needed?"
This version of The Thing is actual a prequel of sorts, with the final shots of the movie tying in with the opening scene of the original, but in all honesty this is more of a re-tread.
The script is okay, the acting is okay, and the action is....okay. And that's really about all anyone can say about this! Ultimately, it feels unnecessary and somewhat flat compared to the original, and whilst it has its fair share of gross-out moments, and some tension, it is absolutely not on the same scale as the original.
Partly, this is…
Scavenger Hunt 17 - August 2016
Task #21 - A prequel.
"So, I'm gonna die because I floss?"
So, the Carpenter one is a horror classic. It's still works amazingly well and is a pretty timeless piece of cinema. This on the other hand already felt dated. Mainly because of the god-awful CGI. One of the best things in the 1982-film was the suspense and the mystery and the ever growing paranoia because no-one really knew what was going on. Here they were just too casual about everything. Oh, we found an alien for the very first time in human history - no big deal, lets drink some awful Norwegian booze.
This didn't bring anything new to the…
Jesus, did The Thing (1982) owe 40k to the mob and welsh on it or something? Because this is basically the cinematic equivalent of its body being found in an alley beaten to death with a baseball bat.
Tension? Paranoia? FUCCCCKKKK YOU, says The Thing (2011). Why bother with shadowy scenes and misdirects and the cast slowly turning on each other as the terror mounts when we could have CGI Bloodsplosions every 10 minutes? Why would we have shit start popping off without any cues in the middle of conversations completely unexpectedly when we could have the soundtrack and jump scares of a Netflix-only slasher movie? Grotesque mounds of flesh and nonsensical variations of the human form? Howzabout "a torso with a mouth" four times instead?
I know the answer is "Because we literally couldn't care about anything but a quick cashgrab remake", but why would anyone make this?
This movie was bad in so far as a comparison to the first one. I know, I know, it's hard to hold a torch to the 1982 version, but it didn't even come within spitting distance of being remotely as good as the first one let alone a good horror movie.
It was a cheap imitation that was riddled by the standard horror movie cliches that made the first one unique. Jump scares, idiot syndrome, and a shoe horned paranoia side plot - that was completely diminished by that stupid inorganic material plot device - when they finally figured out the monster was a shapeshifter. Speaking of that, Kurt Russell heard a scream and basically reacted within the first 15…
Watchlist of movies that only you and your best friends might appreciate.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…