'The Thing' is a science fiction-horror movie based on the short novel 'Who Goes There?' authored by John W. Campbell. It is also a prequel to the cult classic film of the same name, directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, which released in 1982. The prequel released to a mixed response and sadly flopped at the box-office.
The film centers around a group of scientists who discover an alien buried deep in the ice near their Antarctica research site.
I haven't seen the original 1952 version called 'The Thing from Another World'. However, I liked the 1982 remake and like most people was unaware that this film was a prequel and not a remake. I watched it the other night and must say, quite impressed. Well more surprised as I didn't think much of it prior to viewing it.
The feature begins in the stunning setting of the Antarctica, has a tense start, cracks on with good thrills and a twist here and there. The horror is done well and the ending is perfect tying up with the sequel. Also it wasn't dumb as a lot of horror movies turn out to be.
A lot of people have criticized the use of the Computer Generated Imagery, but I liked it. I thought it was one of the effective aspects as it made the Thing look scary.
The thing I didn't like about the movie (I was gonna say the thing) was that it felt more like slasher feature whereas the sequel was a fully blown tense horror.
The actors all perform well especially Mary Elizabeth Winstead who packs a punch as the lead actor.
Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. competently makes a worthy unpredictable prequel, which is a competent addition to the 1982 version. He made it interesting. As a result, the next time I watch the sequel it'll have a good edge as the origins have been explained in a fine way.
The background music score by Marco Beltrami is exciting but still not as good as the sequel.
The best way to approach this film is like an appetizer before watching the Kurt Russell installment, which is superior I admit. However, the origins is an intriguing first part and leaves a mark.
In a nutshell I enjoyed both 'The Things'.
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