Excerpt: When I first heard that they were coming out with another The Thing, I got incredibly upset because I thought it was just another remake. Well, it turned out it is a prequel to a remake, the 1982 version. I still was skeptical about a prequel of a movie from almost 30 years ago. Surprisingly I was blow away by the little things that were thrown into the 2011 prequel which linked to the 1982 version.
Excerpt: This movie is a lot of fun, though not in the same league as Carpenter's, it does give it the respect (especially the way the movie ties up the follow up to the 1982 version). The CGI isnt as bad as I thought and there was ample real puppet effects as well as real fire to remain authentic. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has a lot on her to carry this movie through since she would be compared to Kurt Russells kick ass character and she did a pretty good job.
Excerpt: Now, me, I'm generally not a horror fan. Mix it up with a creature and then it's a different story. I start to enjoy the movie's effects and analysis the characters perform on the their quarry. I can say, without a doubt, the Thing is a pretty cool ... thing. Carpenter's Thing was limited by the effects that were available during his day. With today's effects it's a whole different ball game.
Surprise thriller and respectfully made prequel--Give It A Chance!!
John Brune, blu-ray.com
26 March 2012
Excerpt: I wasn't thrilled at the idea for a sequel to The Thing. Then I found out it was going to be about the Norwegian scientists and was designed as a prequel. Very cool! And the result? Nice surprise! It doesn't try too hard to be like the John Carpenter film but it does try hard to interlock into it by the time it's over with so both can survive on the shelf next to each other respectfully.
Excerpt: Let's see. John Carpenter hasn't made a cult classic movie in decades. His last decent theatrical effort was Vampires way back in the early '90's. Then he just sat back and collected paychecks from studios that wanted to remake some of his cult classics. The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween and now The Thing. About the only thing that makes the thing an interesting idea, is what did actually happen at the Norwegian camp prior to the events in the 1982 film.
Excerpt: I have read both good and bad things about this movie, so I decided to judge for myself. I liked it, NOT as much as John Carpenter's original, but still NOT as bad as people say. All in all the plot is fine..the acting is kind of stiff, the CGI is fine. I am glad I gave it a chance. If you got an hour and forty-five minutes to kill....why not watch it for yourself.
Excerpt: I consider this the best prequel to date. The mystery of the outpost from the 1982 version is solved and fluidly leads into the Kurt Russell.John Carpenter version. i heard a lot of bad reviews on this but I disagree. Watch this first and then the 1982 version and enjoy. It's entertainment nothing more. have fun with it.
Excerpt: I love the John Carpenter version, and when I found out that this was a prequel, I was ecstatic! I found this movie very stale. It seemed like the writers were scared on taking the theme of the original to any new grounds, or any suspense for that matter. To make it worse, instead of using some stellar practical effects, the director half-assed the creatures with iffy CGI.