â€œThe Thingâ€ opened this weekend with some mixed emotions from many horror fans. John Carpenterâ€™s 1982 remake of the 1951 classic has great affection from many. So now, we have a prequel from director Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. I went into this, with some skepticism, but obviously some excitement to see a 21st century take on the evil from another planet.
First off, let me say the acting and actors were genuine and believable as scientists researching a special project in Antarctica. Van Heijningen did a great job with setting the scene. Not only did you feel the cold, blizzard conditions, but he also brought you back to 1982. He definitely gets props for using the Men at Work song in the film. For the most part, the film wasnâ€™t shot in a slick manner, it had the grittiness a dark themed movie needs.
The underlying story itself was a bit anemic . However, I did like the way it drew from John Carpenterâ€™s 1982 version, where the characters turn on each other when faced with who has been infected by The Thing. The most captivating character was Dr. Sander Halvorson, played by Ulrich Thomsen. By the end, the audience wants him to die just as much as the monster.
The real star of the movie was, without a doubt, the special effects. From the detail of the monster, to the â€œkillâ€ scenes, it was beautifully horrific. The sounds of the gore were pretty gruesome as well. For this viewer, the standout scene (without giving too much away), was the scene where one â€œinfectedâ€ scientists attacks and morphs together with another. This morphed creature then goes on a tear throughout the building.
The movie ends where the 1982 version begins. The scene leading up to that ending? Iâ€™ll let the Horror News Network members debate that one. All in all, may be not the best horror movie, but certainly not the worst you will see this year. If you can catch on a matinee, do so.