• Christopher Haskell

    ★★★ Watched by Christopher Haskell 09 Jun, 2011

    For being billed as a trip to CG City, The Thing (2011), a prequel to the original, actually uses CG for good instead of evil. Normally CG tends to take away from the film, yet with The Thing, the CG actually adds to the story in a positive way and stays fairly steady throughout. With more gore than scares, the horror side of the film falls off slightly, but overall, this remake/prequel adds nicely to the original film.

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  • _legendary_

    ★★½ Added by _legendary_

    This is essentially a remake of Carpenters movie masquerading as a prequel in many ways like The Force Awakens was a remake of A New Hope masquerading as a sequel. It hit many of the same beats & was almost identical in plot but unlike Force Awakens, offered little in character or originality. There's nobody here with the presence that Kurt Russell had in the Carpenter movie... while I thought Mary Elisabeth Winstead did an alright acting job, she doesn't really…

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  • Capra_cinefila

    ★½ Added by Capra_cinefila

    Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. dirige questo impalpabile prequel che segue in realtà abbastanza furbescamente gli accadimenti del film carpenteriano senza tra l'altro minimamente ricrearne l'indispensabile tensione paranoica. Tra le file di un cast abbastanza anonimo troviamo la tanto bella quanto fuori luogo Mary Elizabeth Winstead. All'animatronica qui si aggiungono imbarazzanti effetti moderni da videogames, irreali, irrimediabilmente posticci, assolutamente incapaci di coinvolgere o scuotere i sensi.

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  • Cliff Galiher

    ★★½ Watched by Cliff Galiher 22 Apr, 2016

    SAW: at work

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  • BaronVanTheo

    ★★½ Watched by BaronVanTheo 18 Apr, 2016

    While I couldn't help but getting goosebumps hearing the magnificent Morricone score introducing this movie, it didn't take long and the disappointment I, as someone, who would consider Carpenter's remake as one of his all time favorite movies, feared kicked in...
    It's just a shame, considering the huge potential of the whole context of the plot, to which extent this prequel subordinates to the typical rules of an usual horror movie, including not exactly subtle shown threats, uninspired slow-motion action…

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  • Ryan

    ★★½ Watched by Ryan 17 Apr, 2016

    Man, I wanted to love this. It has Mary Elizabeth Winstead and it's a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing, one of my favorite horror films.
    But this is really quite disappointing. I know that at one point in production they were using practical effects and I've seen those videos of them building, testing, and even using them on set. But it was all replaced for some reason with some really fucking terrible CGI in post-production.
    The dramatic tension is…

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  • GrantFDM

    ★★★ Watched by GrantFDM 14 Apr, 2016

    The makers of The Thing (2011 iteration) were on a hiding to nothing when they decided to create a sequel/prequel/companion piece to the peerless Carpenter original.

    Not only is it almost three decades after the fact, it's the follow-up (or precursor) to a film that flopped on release.

    Having said all that, this is actually quite a decent film. It's well made and acted. The production values are high. Yes, there's CG used in it but it's not distracting (at…

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  • karakenio

    ★★★★½ Watched by karakenio 05 Feb, 2016

    Wow. Me sorprendió esta precuela de la del '82 de Carpenter; incluso me gustó más. No entiendo por qué el odio; en Rotten le dan 35%...
    9,5/10

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  • trundle

    ★★½ Watched by trundle 05 Apr, 2016

    I had been dreading watching this bc I loved the original so much, but this wasn't all that bad. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was all the CGI creatures, but this isn't the eighties anymore so hell what're you gonna do? Anyways Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the loml and she kills it in this movie.

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  • Andrew Draper

    ★★ Added by Andrew Draper

    Brian Collins has the movie's number here:

    horror-movie-a-day.blogspot.com/2011/10/thing-2011.html

    But I will say that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is not only a great actor but makes a terrific girl-next-door protagonist, and should absolutely be the heroine of scary stories whenever possible. Thinking about this movie's weak construction and shoddy narrative logic makes me newly grateful for how well Winstead is utilized in 10 Cloverfield Lane, which is flawed, but as a showcase for Winstead's appeal and power, it's brilliant.

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  • rot

    ★★★★ Rewatched by rot 31 Mar, 2016

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead has seen some shit. Give her the Alien franchise.

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  • Craig Hart

    ★★★ Added by Craig Hart

    “That’s not a dog!” A prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 film of the same name which I dearly love (which in turn was a remake of the 1951 film “The Thing From Another World”), this film details the 3 days prior to the events featured in the 1982 film, as an alien space ship is discovered beneath the ice in Antarctica. Its alien passenger, frozen in the ice for 100,000 years, is taken back to base camp by a team…

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