I feel like Chelovek, and this is not a knock on your part, but I feel like you love all the remakes that have come out. I don't think I've ever read one of your posts on the remake/reimaging threads that are negative. Which is cool, to each his own.
I didn't see it yet, but my friends that did say it works as a prequel. They said the ending transitions very nicely to the dog running in the Carpenter remake.