Friday, November 17, 2006

That 'Thing' You Do


While I'm not normally a big fan of remakes, especially horror remakes (not that I'm some kind of over-the-moon horror nut; it's just that, Zack Snyder's phenomenal Dawn of the Dead redux aside, most horror remakes forget to include what made the concepts scary to begin with, and don't replace that with anything new), I'm kind of jazzed by the news that Universal's taking another whack at John Carpenter's The Thing. And the only reason I'm jazzed is that Battlestar Galactica alcalde Ron Moore is writing the script. Because, aside from the "Black Market" episode in Season 2, he's been pretty bang-on.

See, I love The Thing. It is, hands down, Carpenter's best film. While I have a very, very soft spot in my heart for Big Trouble in Little China and do think that the first and last 20 minutes of Escape from New York are positively adrenal, neither holds a candle to The Thing, which saw Carpenter squeezing every last drop of talent from his rock of a brain. (Carpenter is a walking proof of the idea that a director should know when he's lost it and walk off into the sunset before sullying his reputation with things like Ghosts of Mars and In the Mouth of Madness and—damn his eyes—Escape from LA.)

I always thought there should've been sequels to The Thing, or maybe even a TV series (that probably would've sucked). There was so much more you could've done with that concept. Maybe, today, in a world of terrorism and suicide bombers, the idea of a homicidal alien shapshifter would actually play better. And maybe this remake is just the ignition cap for a franchise. I could swing with that.

4 comments:

Bill said...

My problem with this is that today Variety said they were remaking the original THE THING. The problem for me being that it isn't the original they are remaking but are remaking the remake...

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Ken Lowery said...

Hmm. You know, I heard his Masters of Horror entry was actually pretty solid... but that's a whole series I've yet to indulge on, myself, so I can't speak from personal experience.

marc bernardin said...

strangely, I'm fine with them remaking the remake...because in this case, the remake is actually better than the original.

Bill said...

No doubt, Marc - but the problem is that they think the Carpenter version is the original!