This prequel to (read: virtual retread of) John Carpenter’s VHS-era classic bet on bigger box office than the 1982 flop. Shock fact: it earned even less.
The jury’s still out on why, since it ticks off all the essential Thing ingredients and boasts a great performance from alien-battling heroine Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
But the extras may explain its biggest flaw: “For the people who make creatures, The Thing by John Carpenter is their Citizen Kane,” claims producer Marc Abraham.
Pity the prequel dilutes the effects with plasticky CG.