The Thing is a 2011 prequel to the 1982 film of the same name which was (and still is) a cult hit and loved by many people. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Eric Christian Olsen. The film was directed Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. The film currently holds a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic consensus that states "It serves the bare serviceable minimum for a horror flick, but The Thing is all boo-scares and a slave to the far superior John Carpenter version." Film critic Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times stated that the film was "big on the grotesqueries, but short on the scares." The film was heavily criticized for being more of a rehash of the 1982 film with Kurt Russell, different stars in the film and the fact that Universal didn't want John Carpenter to make a sequel to the first film. The film had a $35 million budget, but bombed after only making $27 million at the box office.


A group of scientists and researchers find a Norwegian camp and discover that there's an alien inside.

Why It Sucks

  1. John Carpenter wanted to do a sequel to the first film with the remaining cast returning, but Universal said no to the sequel.
  2. The film opens up with a Norwegian telling a joke about a boy having sex with his grandmother, which has nothing to do with the film nor does it need to be in a horror movie.
  3. Stupid jump scare where one of the characters sneaks up behind someone and says "Boo!"
  4. Horrible CGI effects.
  5. The film feels more like a rehash of the original.
  6. It doesn't have the same charm as the original did.
  7. The characters aren't interesting.
  8. Unwanted backstory about how the Norwegian camp was discovered.
  9. The film has a bad pacing unlike the original which goes by at a fast pace.
  10. This film is a prequel to The Thing, so Universal Studios thought that it would be ingenious to call this movie The Thing as well. With nothing to show that this is a prequel to the original. Because that won't confuse people at all.


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