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First clip from The Thing prequel hints that it will spectacularly miss the point of the original

Sep. 7, 2011by:

In John Carpenter's 1982 horror masterpiece, The Thing itself doesn't literally explode out of anything until late in the third act. It's the most "actiony" section of the film; the climax after the perfectly executed slow-burn build of the first two acts. And it's exactly that which makes Carpenter's film so great - building incredible tension and fear in moments of quiet and stillness.

Then there's the THE THING prequel/reboot/whateverthef*ck. The first clip from the film has made its way online, and it hints that the new version will likely (and unsurprisingly) opt for big, loud, and cheap rather than eerie, ominous, or anything remotely resembling subtlety. Look, I'm not saying THE THING is going to suck - that would be silly, I haven't even seen the film - I'm saying...

Okay, I'm saying THE THING is going to suck.

THE THING - starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Olsen, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - will suck October 14th.

Synopsis: In the thriller THE THING, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as theyre infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crews pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.

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11:29AM on 09/10/2011
I'm officially done with this flick.
I'm officially done with this flick.
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11:32PM on 09/09/2011

WTF

Okay, so it is a prequel. That is definitely the room where Mac and Doc found the block of ice.
Okay, so it is a prequel. That is definitely the room where Mac and Doc found the block of ice.
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9:23PM on 09/09/2011
Fuck this movie.
Fuck this movie.
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12:47PM on 09/09/2011
That clip is so bad. I cant wait for all you to be sitting there friday night so you can enjoy the texting teeny-bopper crowd screaming at that nonsense. Secondly, cold keeps the Thing in check, how the hell is it exploding out of a block of ice?? total shit
That clip is so bad. I cant wait for all you to be sitting there friday night so you can enjoy the texting teeny-bopper crowd screaming at that nonsense. Secondly, cold keeps the Thing in check, how the hell is it exploding out of a block of ice?? total shit
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8:45PM on 09/08/2011

Spoiler Alert!

At the end of the movie, The Thing will turn into a dog to escape.
What else can be done that the first flick didn't accomplish?
At the end of the movie, The Thing will turn into a dog to escape.
What else can be done that the first flick didn't accomplish?
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5:01PM on 09/08/2011
Needs more "Nooooooooooooo!"
Needs more "Nooooooooooooo!"
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3:53PM on 09/08/2011

BOO HOO!

I don't know what disappoints me more. The fact that they made this or the fact that they made this for mainstream audiences standards. Whether it's the studios fault or not. This is exactly what is destroying modern cinema. Peddling their films to the lowest common denominator.
I don't know what disappoints me more. The fact that they made this or the fact that they made this for mainstream audiences standards. Whether it's the studios fault or not. This is exactly what is destroying modern cinema. Peddling their films to the lowest common denominator.
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12:52PM on 09/08/2011
If I had a dollar for every idiot that miss judged a movie that turned out to be great I would be able to bail out the us government's debt right about now. Here is some free advice. If you are gonna compare the thing like you would alien, see the movie aliens some time. That argueably was an even better movie than the original. Some times showing less doesnt always make it a better movie. For now Im gonna keep a neutral stance since this movie has some potential but has yet to arrive in
If I had a dollar for every idiot that miss judged a movie that turned out to be great I would be able to bail out the us government's debt right about now. Here is some free advice. If you are gonna compare the thing like you would alien, see the movie aliens some time. That argueably was an even better movie than the original. Some times showing less doesnt always make it a better movie. For now Im gonna keep a neutral stance since this movie has some potential but has yet to arrive in theaters for final review.
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7:02PM on 09/09/2011
Except Aliens STILL showed less. Remember the turret scene? They didn't show the turrets or the aliens, only the sounds and the ammocounts.
Except Aliens STILL showed less. Remember the turret scene? They didn't show the turrets or the aliens, only the sounds and the ammocounts.
12:13PM on 09/08/2011

Call it a prequel or whatever you want

...but this looks like the exact same movie as the original down to the the outfits, the look of the base, the dogs, and even the flamethrower.
...but this looks like the exact same movie as the original down to the the outfits, the look of the base, the dogs, and even the flamethrower.
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12:07PM on 09/08/2011
I agree with CJN. We've heard time and time again how things had to be changed day of and on set while Jaws was shot because the shark wouldn't work right. It would have been a completely different movie just as i fear The Thing would have been had CGI been available. That said, creativity happens when you drop a zero from the end of the budget (or your shark doesn't work) and we thankfully have these classics to go back and watch.
As for this prequel, lower your standards and move on.
I agree with CJN. We've heard time and time again how things had to be changed day of and on set while Jaws was shot because the shark wouldn't work right. It would have been a completely different movie just as i fear The Thing would have been had CGI been available. That said, creativity happens when you drop a zero from the end of the budget (or your shark doesn't work) and we thankfully have these classics to go back and watch.
As for this prequel, lower your standards and move on.
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4:20AM on 09/09/2011
Exactly! A example from recent time would be "District 9" that actually had a limited budget. But ended up being one of the best sci-fi films of the last 10 years.
Exactly! A example from recent time would be "District 9" that actually had a limited budget. But ended up being one of the best sci-fi films of the last 10 years.
11:29AM on 09/08/2011
Really? A literal boo scare? Throwing a cat in the middle of the screen would have been more creative.
Really? A literal boo scare? Throwing a cat in the middle of the screen would have been more creative.
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10:48AM on 09/08/2011
"and it hints that the new version will likely (and unsurprisingly) opt for big, loud, and cheap rather than eerie, ominous, or anything remotely resembling subtlety"

It makes you wonder if it was the lack of capacity in CGI that often made the 70s and 80s sci-fi the above mentioned.
"and it hints that the new version will likely (and unsurprisingly) opt for big, loud, and cheap rather than eerie, ominous, or anything remotely resembling subtlety"

It makes you wonder if it was the lack of capacity in CGI that often made the 70s and 80s sci-fi the above mentioned.
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2:45AM on 09/08/2011
BOYCOTT
BOYCOTT
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2:12AM on 09/08/2011
Suspense, an eerie atmosphere and a slow burn build up dont sell anymore (at least no big budget projects). Nowaday everything have to be fast, loud and in 3D and you better show everything in a 3 minute trailer, so people know what theyre up for.
Suspense, an eerie atmosphere and a slow burn build up dont sell anymore (at least no big budget projects). Nowaday everything have to be fast, loud and in 3D and you better show everything in a 3 minute trailer, so people know what theyre up for.
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12:34AM on 09/08/2011

Typical

At the end of the day, reboots, rehashes, remakes are just a clear indication that Hollywood is jack out of ideas and cannot make anything original.
Carpenter is a legend. He created the horror slash genre with Halloween, He made people scared of their own cars with Christine and he scared the hell out of trusting anyone with the Thing.
Please... dont put his name to shame with embarrasing remakes.
At the end of the day, reboots, rehashes, remakes are just a clear indication that Hollywood is jack out of ideas and cannot make anything original.
Carpenter is a legend. He created the horror slash genre with Halloween, He made people scared of their own cars with Christine and he scared the hell out of trusting anyone with the Thing.
Please... dont put his name to shame with embarrasing remakes.
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11:39PM on 09/07/2011

Massive eye-roll

Look - I love Carpenter's REMAKE, and I'm not saying this won't suck, but the fact that the article (and comments) have overlooked the fact that Carpenter's version isn't the original underscores some issues we have with kneejerk rejections of remakes/whatever - on premise. Like I said, I'm not defending this film per se - just that we seem to have blind spots about remakes we like - rendering all of the "I hate remake" talk as a little but bullshitty. The enemy is poorly conceived and
Look - I love Carpenter's REMAKE, and I'm not saying this won't suck, but the fact that the article (and comments) have overlooked the fact that Carpenter's version isn't the original underscores some issues we have with kneejerk rejections of remakes/whatever - on premise. Like I said, I'm not defending this film per se - just that we seem to have blind spots about remakes we like - rendering all of the "I hate remake" talk as a little but bullshitty. The enemy is poorly conceived and executed cashgrabs - whether they are remakes or "original concepts."
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12:14AM on 09/08/2011
Everyone already knows that Carpenter's movie was a remake of the 1950's movie. I think what you're not getting is that this movie is supposed to be a prequel (leading to a possible remake/reboot of sorts) of Carpenter's version of the movie.

In other words, it's like someone taking Stars Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, and deciding to make prequels of those movies 30 years later. Basically, it isn't needed, and it's going to suck.
Everyone already knows that Carpenter's movie was a remake of the 1950's movie. I think what you're not getting is that this movie is supposed to be a prequel (leading to a possible remake/reboot of sorts) of Carpenter's version of the movie.

In other words, it's like someone taking Stars Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, and deciding to make prequels of those movies 30 years later. Basically, it isn't needed, and it's going to suck.
11:24PM on 09/07/2011
woulda loved it if he was wearin the beanie on the back of his head Adebisi style
woulda loved it if he was wearin the beanie on the back of his head Adebisi style
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10:52PM on 09/07/2011
We have no idea when this clip takes place nor the context.

For all we know this movie is a tense slowburn and they just picked a loud clip because with 40 seconds to work with, they had to pick something to get your attention.

I'm looking forward to it, or at the very least not writing it off already which this site is rife with, and seems to be the cool things to do these days with nearly every movie (see X-Men First Class, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and so on).
We have no idea when this clip takes place nor the context.

For all we know this movie is a tense slowburn and they just picked a loud clip because with 40 seconds to work with, they had to pick something to get your attention.

I'm looking forward to it, or at the very least not writing it off already which this site is rife with, and seems to be the cool things to do these days with nearly every movie (see X-Men First Class, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and so on).
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10:49PM on 09/07/2011
"In John Carpenter's 1982 horror masterpiece, The Thing itself doesn't literally explode out of anything until late in the third act. It's the most "actiony" section of the film; the climax after the perfectly executed slow-burn build of the first two acts."
Soooooo...does this mean the amazing Dog/Thing scene doesn't count anymore? What about "WINDOWS, BLAST IT!"??
Late in the 3rd act when Diabeetus/Thing strikes isn't the first attack...just sayin'.
And don't forget, people were basically
"In John Carpenter's 1982 horror masterpiece, The Thing itself doesn't literally explode out of anything until late in the third act. It's the most "actiony" section of the film; the climax after the perfectly executed slow-burn build of the first two acts."
Soooooo...does this mean the amazing Dog/Thing scene doesn't count anymore? What about "WINDOWS, BLAST IT!"??
Late in the 3rd act when Diabeetus/Thing strikes isn't the first attack...just sayin'.
And don't forget, people were basically skull-fucking 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' the month before release and that turned out fantastic...
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11:19PM on 09/07/2011
hahahahahahah Diabeetus
hahahahahahah Diabeetus
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10:39PM on 09/07/2011
fuck, boo scares, and literally too! Nothing I hate more in a horror movie than cheap boo scares. ugggghhhh. I was looking forward to this movie but my expectations have tempered considerably after seeing this clip.
fuck, boo scares, and literally too! Nothing I hate more in a horror movie than cheap boo scares. ugggghhhh. I was looking forward to this movie but my expectations have tempered considerably after seeing this clip.
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10:36PM on 09/07/2011
LOVE Carpenters The Thing. This Thing....well, as it's being said, we don't have to look to hard to see what this movie will be, lets just hope is semi-good.
LOVE Carpenters The Thing. This Thing....well, as it's being said, we don't have to look to hard to see what this movie will be, lets just hope is semi-good.
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10:20PM on 09/07/2011
I love how completely bias and prejudice this article is. No, I'm not being sarcastic. I really do love it. Fuck this remake.
I love how completely bias and prejudice this article is. No, I'm not being sarcastic. I really do love it. Fuck this remake.
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9:58PM on 09/07/2011
Yeah. This movie will be bad... but at least it will have a wonderful collection of all the examples of why horror sucks more and more now.
Yeah. This movie will be bad... but at least it will have a wonderful collection of all the examples of why horror sucks more and more now.
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9:09PM on 09/07/2011
I have absolutely no expectation that this is even going to come close to Carpenter's classic so, just going to go in and have fun with it. An amusing companion piece like an extra on a DVD special edition or something.
I have absolutely no expectation that this is even going to come close to Carpenter's classic so, just going to go in and have fun with it. An amusing companion piece like an extra on a DVD special edition or something.
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8:55PM on 09/07/2011
Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame
Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame
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8:53PM on 09/07/2011

There's also...

the fact this is a prequel there really shouldnt be a slow burn considering we know what's goin to eventually happen....suspense should though be included in this film and based on the clip...I'm lowering my expectations.
the fact this is a prequel there really shouldnt be a slow burn considering we know what's goin to eventually happen....suspense should though be included in this film and based on the clip...I'm lowering my expectations.
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2:38AM on 09/08/2011
wut
wut
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8:52PM on 09/07/2011

NO

they have few weeks to fix this, I hope they do or it will suck for real.
they have few weeks to fix this, I hope they do or it will suck for real.
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8:09PM on 09/07/2011
This will suck. The Thing is one of the all time classics of horror. The whole point of the film is to leave you guessing to what the fuck is going on then WHAM they hit ya in the face with the gore and explosions.
This will suck. The Thing is one of the all time classics of horror. The whole point of the film is to leave you guessing to what the fuck is going on then WHAM they hit ya in the face with the gore and explosions.
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7:58PM on 09/07/2011

hooray for judging films before even seeing them

hey, at least this guy admits it. Still, credibility out the window after that.

Lookin forward to this one, from all the on set interviews and previews it sounds pretty cool, looking forward to it.
hey, at least this guy admits it. Still, credibility out the window after that.

Lookin forward to this one, from all the on set interviews and previews it sounds pretty cool, looking forward to it.
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7:18PM on 09/07/2011
I don't think the remake will be better than the original, but I do think it will at least be a solid horror flick (hopefully).
I don't think the remake will be better than the original, but I do think it will at least be a solid horror flick (hopefully).
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