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BOM - The Thing (2011) Review

BOM - A 2011 prequel to John Carpenter's practical effects horror/sci-fi classic from 1982, The Thing (same title, which is, bluntly, confusing) offers audiences a similar-but-not-the-same mix of effects, existentialism and creepy body horror while forgetting the things like character, humor and tension that made Carpenter's take on the same material so memorable past the initial fearsome fluid flesh sequences. Audiences—especially young audiences without memories of Carpenter's take to compare it to—may give The Thing a brief good run in the pre-Halloween box office, when they're looking for things that go bump in the night prior to Paranormal Activity 3, but it's hard to imagine this re-mixed prequel having the legacy and love that the '82 version built up.

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