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Let's compare the TV spot for The Thing reboot to a commercial for the John Carpenter original

Sep. 16, 2011by: Mike Sampson

THE THING doesn't open for about another month but by all accounts I've heard, the movie pretty much stinks. It's been quietly screening this month for some select folks and the feedback has been pretty much what we feared from the get-go. It's telling that the film was being considered for one of the gala screenings at Fantastic Fest but never made the cut. It's all a shame because for all our skepticism towards remakes/reboots, I genuinely hope each and every one of them will succeed because, well, I love movies (more specifically, I love good movies and want more of them).

A new TV spot for THE THING has begun airing and gives some more quick glimpses at some of the creature FX in the movie. I'm not sure if just by looking at this I could smell the stink of a bad movie (unlike that horribly misguided first clip) but just for the sake of comparison, I've included the commercial for John Carpenter's THE THING below as well so you can get an idea of marketing and what it may (or may not) mean towards the ultimate quality of a film.

I find it interesting that the 1982 TV spot showed absolutely nothing in terms of creature effects, meanwhile the modern version has multiple views of the alien. It was sold as a scary, suspense movie and this new one feels more like a monster horror film from the commercials. Take a look below and let me know what you think...


THE THING (2011) TV Spot


THE THING (1982) TV Spot

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10:15AM on 09/16/2011

Simplicity and Mystery

The original trailer is smart in its simplicity. Much like the original Alien trailer it leaves much to the imagination, and there is nothing more creative and frightening than our own imagination.
We don't need to see any of the creature in the new Thing trailer. And we don't need any exposition.
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The original trailer is smart in its simplicity. Much like the original Alien trailer it leaves much to the imagination, and there is nothing more creative and frightening than our own imagination.
We don't need to see any of the creature in the new Thing trailer. And we don't need any exposition.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
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10:31AM on 09/16/2011
Carpenter's classic is one of my favorite films so I'll go into this with very low expectations and hope to come out at least mildly amused.
Carpenter's classic is one of my favorite films so I'll go into this with very low expectations and hope to come out at least mildly amused.
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3:34PM on 09/16/2011
LOL! Maybe I'll sneak in after seeing something else...and for the record, I gave John Carpenter my money 3 times when the Thing came out in Summer of 1982. Feel better?
LOL! Maybe I'll sneak in after seeing something else...and for the record, I gave John Carpenter my money 3 times when the Thing came out in Summer of 1982. Feel better?
12:14PM on 09/16/2011
Please don't go in at all! lol just stop giving these people money. Torrent the movie or something if you REALLY want to see it.
Please don't go in at all! lol just stop giving these people money. Torrent the movie or something if you REALLY want to see it.
10:59AM on 09/16/2011
Cheating bitch...
Cheating bitch...
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12:12PM on 09/16/2011

Shitty CGI

This looks awful and even with a bigger budget than the original, it looks ten times worse due to bad cgi effects.
This looks awful and even with a bigger budget than the original, it looks ten times worse due to bad cgi effects.
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1:09PM on 09/16/2011
Ugh, I'm not a total remake hater, being that I've dug a handful, but this looks like the crap. The CGI really kills it. A big part of the greatness of the first is its effects and build-up to seeing The Thing (which never had one true form like it seems to have in this version.)
Ugh, I'm not a total remake hater, being that I've dug a handful, but this looks like the crap. The CGI really kills it. A big part of the greatness of the first is its effects and build-up to seeing The Thing (which never had one true form like it seems to have in this version.)
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2:17PM on 09/16/2011
If you hate all remakes but love Carpenter's "original", I've got some bad news.
If you hate all remakes but love Carpenter's "original", I've got some bad news.
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2:37PM on 09/16/2011
Gotta love the chance at double sponsorship commercials...
Gotta love the chance at double sponsorship commercials...
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3:35PM on 09/16/2011
seems like the original trailer was just better at hiding what the Thing looked like until you saw the movie. I hope this doesn't suck as bad as everyone seems to think.
seems like the original trailer was just better at hiding what the Thing looked like until you saw the movie. I hope this doesn't suck as bad as everyone seems to think.
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3:52PM on 09/16/2011

lesson learned

don't EVER give remakes a chance EVER!
don't EVER give remakes a chance EVER!
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4:00PM on 09/16/2011
So you've never seen John Carpenter's film, I take it.
So you've never seen John Carpenter's film, I take it.
5:00PM on 09/16/2011

I feel like most people don't realize Carpenter's was a remake...

Especially the people on this site. Now, trust me, I love Carpenter's (and the original) and this new film looks rubbish. BUT...to bash it merely for being a remake/reboot is lame, all things considered. Also, while Carpenter's is now held in high regard, when it was released it was universally derided by critics, didn't do much business at the box office and even Ennio Morricone's score was nominated for a Razzie award (and now people call it a classic film theme). Same as Scarface - bad
Especially the people on this site. Now, trust me, I love Carpenter's (and the original) and this new film looks rubbish. BUT...to bash it merely for being a remake/reboot is lame, all things considered. Also, while Carpenter's is now held in high regard, when it was released it was universally derided by critics, didn't do much business at the box office and even Ennio Morricone's score was nominated for a Razzie award (and now people call it a classic film theme). Same as Scarface - bad critical reaction, audiences didn't flock to see it, and now it's a cult classic and most people don't even realize that both films were, in themselves, remakes of earlier films.

I'm sure this will suck but don't bitch about it being a remake or act like Carpenter's film has always been considered a sacred classic.
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9:14PM on 09/16/2011
Yes, I always knew The Thing was a remake of The Thing from Another World. Unlike most though, I LOVED it when it first came out! It has always been one of my favs. Anyhoo, this "Prequel"...whatever...looks generic and stupid. I'll pass.
Yes, I always knew The Thing was a remake of The Thing from Another World. Unlike most though, I LOVED it when it first came out! It has always been one of my favs. Anyhoo, this "Prequel"...whatever...looks generic and stupid. I'll pass.
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5:38PM on 09/16/2011
Ah yes. I had not previously seen that TV spot for the new version. Characters being dragged away, a lot of screaming, the monster explodes out of walls multiple times, the monster is CGI. To top it off, the ultimate cliche of the monster dangling off the wall while the female lead is shown making [link] as she is filmed from a low angle and holding a flashlight. This TV spot reminds me of how in Watchmen (comic), too many characters open their sentences with the word "Listen", as if Alan Moore
Ah yes. I had not previously seen that TV spot for the new version. Characters being dragged away, a lot of screaming, the monster explodes out of walls multiple times, the monster is CGI. To top it off, the ultimate cliche of the monster dangling off the wall while the female lead is shown making [link] as she is filmed from a low angle and holding a flashlight. This TV spot reminds me of how in Watchmen (comic), too many characters open their sentences with the word "Listen", as if Alan Moore thought Americans really did that.
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9:46PM on 09/16/2011

oh yeah but do you remember...

Carpenter's flick opened against Spielberg's flick ET and was a bomb at the box office... due in large part to its marketing and NOT showing the creature) sure it's became a cult classic on VHS and DVD but in theaters it bombed hard... so if this new version bombs hard too, it's following in its (semi) original's footsteps...and yes film Addict I did know JC's The Thing was also a remake. It's because it stands on it's own two feet and has established quality on it's own merits that people
Carpenter's flick opened against Spielberg's flick ET and was a bomb at the box office... due in large part to its marketing and NOT showing the creature) sure it's became a cult classic on VHS and DVD but in theaters it bombed hard... so if this new version bombs hard too, it's following in its (semi) original's footsteps...and yes film Addict I did know JC's The Thing was also a remake. It's because it stands on it's own two feet and has established quality on it's own merits that people forget there was an earlier black and white The Thing (I cannot watch that version now, not after Carpenter's version!) occasionally back in the 80's there were a few decent remakes (Thing being one of them) but in the last 10 to 20 years remakes are being cranked out with such ferocity that the quality has declined, Fright Night (remake) and Conan (remake) are but two recent examples of this trend... Hollywood needs to pick horrible movies and remake them properly instead of picking GOOD movies and remaking them horribly.
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3:21AM on 09/17/2011

Practical Effects

No love, just another cg fest. It's a damn shame really, a large part of the original's charm are the phenomenal FX they pulled off without the aid(?) of cg. Bummer.
No love, just another cg fest. It's a damn shame really, a large part of the original's charm are the phenomenal FX they pulled off without the aid(?) of cg. Bummer.
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10:24AM on 09/19/2011

Yes

The original is still one of my favorite movies and this won't change that. I think it looks like a great time at the movies, so I'm excited.
The original is still one of my favorite movies and this won't change that. I think it looks like a great time at the movies, so I'm excited.
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