The Thing (2011) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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It’s not human. Yet. From the producers of Dawn of the Dead comes the chilling prelude to John Carpenter’s cult classic film. When paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) 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.
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This movie tells the tale of the Norwegian camp that is portrayed in JC's The Thing.... so all the stuff that happened before that movie. Who found the alien, who and how they found the big ship, what all the "part" and corpse looked like still alive. All that stuff. They did a good job of that. For those of us that love JC's movie this movie touched on the questions we have had since 1982 regarding what happened at that camp.
So, awesome for us nerds but I think this movie does not stand alone. If you have not watched JC's The Thing some of the "easter eggs" we got will not make sense to you and it's just some mediocre monster movie. Better than most but just another monster movie in the end with all the tropes and cliches involved.
My suggestion (and what I have done) is to watch The Thing (2011) and immediately, like have it cued up and ready to go, watch John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) in one sitting. This movie actually ends minutes before the JC version begins.
I just watched this one first, and am now watching The Thing (1982) as I type this. It ABSOLUTELY ends where The Thing (1982) begins. The job they did with the accuracy of the camp was like previous reviewers said. I think it’s perfect. Both movies are not comedy horror, they are pure horror, and so very well done. Both movies have smart characters, with enough curiosity to get them well into trouble.
It’s not campy, not low budget, but just plain excellence.
The Thing (1982) with Kurt Russell was one of my all-time favorite movies when it first came out. I wore out the first disk and had to buy it again.
I'm a female, and one of the things I enjoyed about the The Thing (1982), was the fact that there were "no" brain dead women in it, no "T & A" distractions, just plain horror.
The female actress in The Thing 2011, was very very good. She wasn't some silly woman who was afraid to break a nail, and she took matters into her own hands when necessary.
I was so excited to come across this 2011 prequel tonight. I had NO idea it even existed. I just happened to find it by accident as I was thinking of buying The Thing (1982) and watch it again streaming, while adding it to my Amazon movie collection. You're reviews are great, it made me purchase this movie no hesitation whatsoever.
I highly recommend watching this first before you watch The Thing (1982) and grab your drink, turn out the lights, put the kids to bed, have NO distractions and completely enjoy both movies back to back. Best money spent in a very long time for me on Amazon.
I don't know if John Carpenter was involved in this movie, but if not, he should be so proud they did such a great job, where he left off.
For what it's worth, I saw the Carpenter's film several when it first came out in theaters back in 1982... and I consider myself to be far more than just your average Sci-Fi & Horror film fan (or critic) as I actually have worked in live action film production in Los Angeles for well over 30 years... And as Carpenter's film is among my favorite in this genre, I was pretty skeptical when I first heard that this was being made.
But upon leaning that Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr (ADI) were involved with the Make-Up and Mechanical FX, my skepticism evaporated. If you're not familiar with ADI, they are the guys responsible for the Oscar-winning Effects in Jim Cameron's T-2; Aliens; and a bunch of other awesome FX-laden films. Needless to say, you won't be disappointed!
This is nothing short of an incredible homage and companion piece to Carpenter's film. Taut, suspenseful and even nerve-wracking at times, it fills in all the gaps and mysteries that are only alluded to in the 1982 film. Excellent Direction, casting, acting, art direction, editing, lighting, music and absolutely outrageous Special Effects... this is a fun and fantastic journey into the icy unknown. Here's my suggestion... Get this and (if you don't already have a copy) buy a copy of John Carpenter's film... and then watch them as a "back to back" Double Feature to see what an incredible job they did in making this film compliment and "merge" so seamlessly together with Carpenter's classic.
This movie does not disappoint . We see how it all began when the first expedition released the creature from its tomb in the ice. The questions from the first are answered. What happened to the Swiss and of course, what's up with the dog. The ship itself is also revealed. The best part in my opinion is they still left room for questions.
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