Wednesday, October 31, 2012

THE THING (2011) -
Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.

For a prequel that no fanboy wanted, the most current incarnation of The Thing is not nearly as bad as it could've been. Sure, the digital creature FX aren't as visceral as Bottin's, and director Van Heijningen's suspense-making skills can't touch that of the master Carpenter's. The infamous blood testing scene in this version has become a less interesting study in alternative dentistry. But there are a few decent horror jolts, some nice connections to the earlier film, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead brings credibility and some welcome estrogen to the former film's testosterone-heavy proceedings. Also, I have to give the filmmakers props for keeping it an honest prequel. It ends at almost the exact frame where the original '82 film picks up.

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