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A prequel to a classic? Surely not?
The Thing (2011) (DVD)
Member Name: Lady_Alys
The Thing (2011) (DVD)
Advantages: Grealy ties in with it's "sequel"
Disadvantages: None to be seen
Prequels, sequels, remakes and the rest of that horrid bunch usually don't go down too well with critics, fans and myself. So when I saw that they where going to bring out another "The Thing" I had my hesitations. I will admit I haven't seen the original, I need to get round to that one, but the Kurt Russell version of the 80's is one of my all time favourite films. I have watched it repeatedly and I am a massive fan.
Bit of background
As I have just mentioned the original film dates way back from the 50's "B-movie" era but is a hit with directors and film fans. Then came along the 80's Kurt Russell one, a great horror suspense film with an alien thrown in for good measure (not some cheesy alien but a well thought out grotesque style one). And then, not too long ago, rumours started banding about on film sites about another remake. No, no, no, no was along the lines of myr eaction. LUckily, they didn't do a remake they went for a prequel instead. And, oh what a clever prequel this is.
The story of the 80's version starts with a dog running towards their compound in the middle of snowy, icy nowhere with a crazy Norweigan in a helicopter shooting at it. Crazed Norweigan doesn't speak English, bit of miscommunication, Norweigan gets shot, dog gets taken in and the crew go to investigate the Norweigan base. The place is a burnt out wreck, gory bodies, hatchet in the wall etc
The premiss of this newer version is to tell that story, what happened at the Norweigan base before Kurt Russell investigates, and to also drop a big, glaring hint as to clear up the unanswered question at the end of the Kurt Russell one.
As I have said this film clears up the story of what happenes at the Norweigan base. It gives more information on the "thing" in both films and has some great in-film clues, hints and great continuity tying in with the previous film.
The film starts with a ship being discovered, we go onto the main star then being asked to join the team to check out the body found not far away form the ship. Of course she accepts and forward to the Norweigan base and all the crazy Norweigans it comes with. There's a tense drilling into the ice block moment and, within about 10-15 minutes of the film starting, all the horror and suspense is upon you (in a good way). This is about as much as I can actually say about the storyline without giving anything away that you would want to discover for yourself.
What do I think?
This film is fantastic. Loved it. All the hesitation about it being a prequel was for nothing. It is quite obvious that every line, every little movement, every facial expression was thought out and thought about for some time. Everything hits the spot perfectly and makes itself tie in with its predeccesor beautifully.
I straight away reached for the Kurt Russell version and watched that again and I could see all the little tie ins. We see how the hatchet that is buried in the wall gets there, what happens to the man seen dead in the chair etc
I highly recommend this film regardless of if you have seen the one with Kurt Russell or not. Watch both of them in chronological order rather than order of film release, it makes each film all the more sweeter.
Summary: Brilliant film, not just your average alien sci-i horror