The Thing, prepare to be paranoid
So I was dragged away from my computer to watch the 2011 prequel of John Carpenter’s 1982 film. I watched the 1982 movie when I was a kid and it gave me nightmares for days. Often looking at my parents or my brother warily to see if they’d start morphing into some fleshy horror that would eat me.
The prequel focuses the story on the Norwegian research team. You know, the guys with the burnt down base and the creature with two heads. The equivalent of Star Trek’s red-shirt guys. The film does a good job in filling in the blanks you may have had while watching John Carpenter’s movie. The hatchet, the dead dude in the radio station, and how the base ended up a smoldering ruin.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead(The chick Scott Pilgrim fights evil ex-boyfriends for.) Takes the lead role along with a slew of Norwegian actors. It adds a certain level of authenticity to the piece, which is always a nice touch. If you’re expecting her to be the wussy girl that just sobs when shit hits the fan prepare to be disappointed. Winstead gives a solid performance while not appearing manlier than the guys, well, most of them anyway.
Just like it’s sequel made almost 30 years ago, the movie makes you paranoid. You spend most of it trying to figure out who has “Turned” and who hasn’t. Sometimes you don’t even know someone is infected until they start transforming right before your eyes.
Speaking of transformations, the various creatures that you see are pretty neat. They actually did a mixture of animatronics and CGI. I checked the extras and those animatronics that they utilized are scary detailed, it must be nice for the actors to have something they can see and touch rather than green screening it as well(I have nothing against green screen and CGI just making an observation).
The transition from the prequel to the sequel is very smooth, practically seamless if it wasn’t for the fact the film was made 29 years after it’s sequel(Man that just sounds weird reading that). If you are a fan of The Thing you’ll get enjoyment out of this. If you’re not it’s still a decent scare film. If you are looking for something that will change the way scary movies are looked at forever you are being too harsh, lighten up and enjoy the chills and thrills!