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Old 12-01-2011, 01:14 PM
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:02 PM
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Blind buy for me. I liked the trailer.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:30 PM
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Wasn't horrible, but certainly wasn't great either. Parts of it I liked; parts of it I hated. The effects were startlingly mediocre in spots.

For a modern horror "remake"--yeah, it's a prequel, but whatevs; watch it and tell me it isn't 75% remake--it was decent*. Well worth the $5.75 pre-noon ticket price I paid. At the same time, I probably won't ever see it again. I can just pop in my HD DVD of the much, much better Carpenter version.

*Joel Edgerton's constant "I'm totally not Kurt Russell, but I sorta am" look and performance bugged the crap out of me, though. You can tell that Carter (his character) was originally supposed to be MacReady and then, sometime after production got underway, the script was rewritten, and the project morphed into this sequel/prequel/remake hybrid homage.

I also fucking hate the title. Even more so in the context of film, which stresses, in a ton of scenes, that it isn't a remake.
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I really need to rent this since my movie theater experience was ruined by a mentally handicapped midget with shoes that practically blind a person in a dark theater and blink so fast that they could cause a epileptic seizure.

From what I did see, I thought it was ok for a remake/prequel. My opinion of the movie probably won't change, but I'm curious as to what I missed.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:10 PM
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Just OK for me. Not as good as the John Carpenter version which I was not that crazy about either. This new one is not worth a purchase, IMO. I'd like to see the original Howard Hawks 1951 classic on Blu.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:06 PM
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It was all right, but not worth anything more than $5. The ending is excellent though, but they showed the creature way too much.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:42 PM
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I'd like to see the original Howard Hawks 1951 classic on Blu.
Carpenter's is MUCH better.
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Carpenter's is MUCH better.
Depends upon your point of view. I look at these as two entirely different films. The Howard Hawks original, made in 1951 and complete with that Hawks style of dialogue, came from a different era, made during the post WW2 period, at the height of the "Red Scare" and during the Hollywood Blacklist. I mean, listen to the final lines in that film...."Watch the skies. KEEP watching the skies." A definite reference to the Soviet Union and the threat of a missle launch. The Carpenter version was made in the early eighties when modern special effects films, before the advent of CGI, were coming of age. There is room on the shelf for both films.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:28 PM
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I have both, but I can definitely say Carpentor's version is the superior version because it follows the book a lot closer and actually has a hororr movie. The creature in the 51 version does not even do anything until the last 20 minutes of the movie.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:51 AM
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I enjoyed watching The Thing but there was just something missing with it. When it was over I just didn't feel anything either way, it was like it was just "there". Not good but not bad. I would love to see the 1951 version on Blu also. I love the Capenter version but I love old school sci-fi more. We need more 50's sci-fi on Blu.
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