In Memoriam - The Thing

“Someone in this camp ain’t what he appears to be…” Billed as the sequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic, The Thing released to both critical and commercial acclaim for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC in 2002, collectively selling over 1 million units worldwide.

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strayanalog312d ago

The Thing, both original and remake, are fantastic films. A sequel, game or movie, is almost destined to fail, but from what I recall of this game it wasn't that bad. And because I can't recall all of it, it's time for a sit down with it.‎
From what I remember it truly did a great job with its themes of paranoia and mistrust, and the "If you want to do something right you gotta do it yourself" moment still echos in my mind. It definitely deserves its cult status.

Side note: Not to sound like a jerk, but I'm going to, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn't the birth of the slasher film, that's widely attributed to Mario Bava's A Bay of Blood. Give it a watch if you haven't already. It's pretty amazing.‎

Neonridr312d ago (Edited 312d ago )

The newer Thing is not a remake. It is a prequel to the 1982 film and tells the story of the Norweigan camp detailing their encounter with the alien creature. The end of the movie perfectly bridges the two movies together and ironically was probably my favorite part of the film.

The Thing videogame was awesome. Trust was definitely something to consider because you would come across people that would fight alongside you, only for them to turn at some inconvenient moment, usually resulting in some panic inducing moments. It was awesome and really captured the mood and feel of the movie.

I don't consider Texas Chainsaw Massacre to be a "slasher" film at all really. I would consider Black Christmas to be one of the first true slasher films, but I haven't seen the one you are referencing.

strayanalog312d ago

Oh no, neon, not the newer Thing. I'm talking about the original one, 1951, which I should have said "The Thing from Another World," but I wasn't thinking.

Oh yes! Black Christmas I can see being a slasher film over Texas. Love that movie! Bob Clark made two of the best Christmas movies ever: Black Christmas and A Christmas Story.‎
But, back on semi-topic, since you haven't watched A Bay of Blood please do. Let me know what you think if you get around to it. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Neonridr312d ago

@stayanalog - yes, you are in fact correct. The 1982 John Carpenter version is in fact a remake of the 1951 Thing From Another World. My apologies. I always found it funny that in Halloween, the kids were watching the 1951 Thing version and then he would go on to direct a remake a few years later (fun little fact).

I will be sure to give A Bay of Blood a watch. I read the premise and it sounds interesting enough.

Antigenetic312d ago

Agreed. If you do end up playing the game again, I recommend the PC version, it holds up quite nicely.

Not at all mate, these topics are always great for an open discussion :)

Ah, I've never actually seen A Bay of Blood, probably why I said Texas was the 'birth' of the genre, as I was basing it on my own assumptions and experience. Now that you've mentioned it though (and after reading the synopsis) I'll be sure to give it a look!

In regards to Texas being a slasher film, it fits the overall film of one; teenagers being killed off one by one by a masked psychopath. Even if it is thematically different to say Halloween or The Burning, it's a matter of opinion I guess.

Cheers for the comments guys!

sampsonon311d ago (Edited 311d ago )

Psycho is the original slasher film.

They already made a "prequel" to The Thing a few years back and it was great.

strayanalog311d ago

I always thought Psycho more of a psychological horror film, than an actual slasher. If we were going by those terms then Eyes Without a Face would count as a slasher too, but to each their own. All are amazing movies.

sampsonon311d ago

@strayanalog the shower scene s the first of it's kind, slash slash slash lol. i agree all are good films

morganfell312d ago

I picked this up at launch years ago and still own it. It nailed the tension and the spookiest moments nothing happened. But you didn't know that. The soundtrack was spot on. They also knew how to build those moments of not knowing who to trust.

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glenn1979311d ago

I did play the game back in the day, and it was pretty awesome the game play mechanic of trust and fear simple but effective and you cant tell whose invective, good game overall

shaun mcwayne311d ago

One of the best movies ever, all male cast, no love interest that takes up 20 mins of the movie, just tension and paranoia. also john carpenter's version was not a remake, both movies were based on a short story called "who goes there"

sampsonon311d ago (Edited 311d ago )

Naughty Dog should be given the rights to make a new The Thing game.

Antigenetic311d ago

After The Last of Us I have to concur, Naughty Dog would nail a thing game. Nice video!

sampsonon311d ago

thanks :)

you can also download the Thing game in the description for the video.

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