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
- John Carpenter wanted to do a sequel to the first film with the remaining cast returning, but Universal said no to the sequel.
- 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.
- Stupid jump scare where one of the characters sneaks up behind someone and says "Boo!"
- Horrible CGI effects.
- The film feels more like a rehash of the original.
- It doesn't have the same charm as the original did.
- The characters aren't interesting.
- Unwanted backstory about how the Norwegian camp was discovered.
- The film has a bad pacing unlike the original which goes by at a fast pace.
- 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.