Monster of the Day #1226

I heard the 2011 prequel of The Thing was actually just more of a complete remake/rip-off, and thus quite lame. I didn’t see it, though, so I have no evidence as to whether this is true.

  • Gamera977

    Yeap, heard it’s bad but haven’t seen it either. And not having an alien Wilford Brimley doppelganger how could it be as terrifying?

  • Toby Clark

    i think it’s a decent thriller in its own right, and I have to respect that they went to great lengths to have events match up to what we clues we could pick up from the Norwegian base in the Carpenter movie.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    I’d second Toby Clark’s opinion. The most annoying aspect was the character who suspects what’s going on but won’t share her suspicions with anyone.

  • CaptNemo

    I can’t go with you guys on this one. I thought the prequel was passionless.

    It was just a big checklist of things they wanted to touch on from the original but didn’t want to do anything with the story.

    Guy with his throat slashed, check! Ax in the wall, check! Block of ice in the storage shed, check!

    Even the guys that were in the helicopter pursuing the monster we’re sideline for most of the movie. One of them didn’t even know what was going on till he came in at the end of the movie. Then he had a guy put a gun in his face and tell him to take off and start pursuing the dog.

    But for me, their greatest sin was that they did not use practical effects for the movie. Instead they went with computer animation which totally ruins the raison d’etre of having a prequel to begin with.

    The story need to be much more tighter with all of the motivations much more clear. And only then, would they have it a prequel worthy of the name “The Thing”.

  • bgbear_rnh

    He looks like his team just got swept in the playoffs.

  • Ericb

    So this is what the sad, Cubs fan kitty looks like from the neck down?

  • rtpoeman

    Hey, they’ve left things open for a sequel….

  • bgbear_rnh

    Did it try to include the original film in a loose trilogy?

    I can’t recall where I picked up the idea that you could get it to work if the carrot man it the original film was also a transformed creature mimicking one of the aliens whose ship was found in the ice. Of course biggest problem is Arctic vs. Antarctic. Maybe it escaped and chose another cold region to ‘chill out” until its next opputunity.

  • Ken_Begg

    Yeah, most fans (including myself) seem bummed, but upbeat. We have years left with a young core that is sure to get better, and good ownership, management and coaching. This should not be our only bite at the apple.