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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…
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'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,…
Prequel to one of the most influential, and damn right terrifying horror movies there are, set mere days/moments before the events of The Thing (1982) we join the team who made the original discovery and unearthed the deadly specimen.
What made the 1982 original such an impactful film was the sheer terror that Carpenter could bring to the screen without even a glimpse of visual horror, and by the time the film ends we still don't completely understand what it is. Very quickly it is revealed here and diminishes the right for imagination or unexpected shock.
What were given here is almost a replica of scenes were already common with thanks to Carpenters outing, with the occasional reveal of the…
A clear example of why people shouldn't ever touch the classic.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Suffers from ‘midichlorianization’ – tries to explain too many things about the alien and its tech. The ending being a throwback to the 1982 version’s intro was nice. The main problem is that the monster wasn’t scary – too much screen time, too many screeches and CGI flesh.
This could have been a cool flick if not for the obnoxious overuse of CG for the creature effects. THE MAKEUP TESTS LOOK AMAZING!!
I liked this movie a lot when it came out but I was younger, more forgiving and a HUGE fan of the Carpenter version. Upon a recent re-watch though, it really doesn't hold up too well and I'm gonna speak of the film on it's own merits and not compare it as much as I can to be as fair as I can. I'll give credit where it's due, the movie looks pretty nice. The sets, location and costumes are all A+ and believable in setting up the cold, isolated environment. Also, the design of the interior of the spaceship is VERY unique in some areas and interesting as hell to look at. The music is minimal but moody, in…
Great prequel/remake that really holds its own.
Very well executed prequel sequel for the original movie, keeping true to what made the first one so successful while adding some new information.
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…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…