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In Reply to: RE: Here we go again with yet ANOTHER Hollywood redo.... posted by TWB on May 20, 2020 at 18:35:45
Hollywood is stupid.
They should remake bad movies that had good some good ideas but were dreadfully executed. A movie like "Them" could be remade with better actors, a good budget etc. Leave classics alone - they're classics - chances are you will just make an inferior piece of junk - hello Psycho.
In principle I might agree with you, but Them! is perfect as it is. A childhood favorite of mine, and one could be reasonable sure a remake with today's CGI would strip the innocence and life out of it.
You may be right - they totally destroyed The Thing with that shoddy CGI crap-fest remake.
It's CHEAP to do CGI and and that is one reason (of the many reasons) all the Star Wars movies since Return of the Jedi I have sucked.
There are three versions of the The Thing: the 1951 version with James Arness, the 1982 John Carpenter film, and the more recent remake. I assume you're talking about the more recent remake that was the one ruined by CGI. The only saving grace of that movie is Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The third season of Fargo made me fall for her.
Yes I am talking about the 2011 "prequel" The 1982 version IMO is the best of the three and over time has become a horror classic. It did poorly at the time of release and the critics were definitely in more of an E.T. mood than dog's heads splitting in two, arm's being ripped off, heads turning into spiders in green bubbling puss.
The Thing - fun for the whole family :)
I also liked the 1976 Doctor Who episode called "Seeds of Doom" which has and alien plant (pod) discovered in Antarctica that infects human causing them to become a flesh eating plant that will devour the human race.
I never fell for Sarah - but I was in love with Leela.
Yes, the Carpenter film is a hallmark for the genre. I was in graduate school for English literature when I first saw Carpenter's The Thing and was convinced that Carpenter was influenced by a Lord Byron poem called Darkness. The last scene of the movie is particularly evocative of the Byron poem. (Amazing what our young fervent brains can dream up!)
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