The Thing About The Thing
I watched ‘The Thing’ last night and I’m going to start by saying that it is fucking awesome!
The story was tight and even though, if you’ve watched the original flick or even after a few minutes of this you get the jist as to how it’s going to play out, the tension remains.
While I was watching this, I had a quick look at #TheThing on Twitter and noticed a few people stating that it’s not a prequel but a remake aside from a female lead instead of a male. These people must have watched this movie twice and not realised it as it is clearly a prequel and ties in with the beginning of the original film.
One could be forgiven, however, in so much as the base is the same and in a barren tundra wasteland things will seem rather samey.
Thankfully, as the tech has improved significantly since 1982, the Thing looks gloriously hideous and does the original proud.
Once you get to the end credits, it cuts between credits and a snippet of the next movie where the dog escapes the base and a chopper arrives for one of the survivors to hunt the dog down just like how the original opened.
The one criticism I have over this movie is when they dig up the alien that’s frozen in a block of ice and they drill into the huge chunk of alien flavoured ice cube with no protective clothing/eyewear – these scientists are meant to be top notch and don’t take all relevant precautions…back to the lab with you!
All in all, this is a fantastic film – if you loved the original then you should love this. If you’ve never seen it, what better time to watch this then dig out the 1982 classic and watch it in semi-chronological order in terms of the story timeline.