Monday, March 12, 2012

Why Can't They Get Horror Movies Right?

I watched the remake of The Thing this weekend, although it's more of a prequel, and while I enjoyed some of it, I think it's a failure of a film. The interesting thing about the John Carpenter version. which this one attempts to set up, wasn't really the gross and horrible things that the Thing did. It was the characters grinding up against one another, the paranoia, the mistrust.

This one toys with that stuff for a scene or two, but it's more interested in freaking you out with flapping tentacles and chest-mouths. Scenes of the Thing chasing people, you know, they can get boring after a while.

And here's where they messed up. The character of Kate Lloyd, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. They made her a scientist, then didn't really give her much to do. Oh, sure she figures it all out, but they're all scientists. Any one of the Norwegians could have figured it out.

In my script, Kate Lloyd is one of the pilots. She and Joel Edgerton's character are flying in some specialists and get stuck at the base because of a storm. The Norwegians dig out the Thing, take it back to the shed. They want to fly it out, but Kate sees the block of ice and freaks out. She refuses to put it on her helicopter. That's when the Thing breaks out, and things proceed pretty much like you have it in the movie...but you know, better.


KickinAssTakingNames said...

I hate to hear this, because The Thing is one of my favorite movies. I made mention of it in a post I did around Halloween about the scariest movies I've ever seen. And what I wrote is pretty much what you said - it's not the actual Thing itself that makes it so scary, it's the isolation factor, plus the fear and mistrust everyone develops for one another. The isolation factor is huge as far as the creepiness factor goes. In the same way as The Shining was.

James said...

I'd be interested to see what you think of the remake. Netflix it and lemme know.