The Thing

John Carpenter's horror remake of the classic Howard Hawks-produced paranoia film, The Thing From Another World (which in turn was adapted from John W. Campbell's short story, Who Goes There?), does what many truly great remakes do: it latches onto one thematic element from the original and fleshes it out into a unique perspective on the same story. With the original delving so deeply into Hawksian thematic territory - the notion of a tight band of men versus the "other" - Carpenter's horrific take on the tale skews that theme and turns it on its head. No longer is the theme just about man's fight against the other; it's now about man's fight against the other within his fellow man, and worse, the other within himself.

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  1. Ross Murray • August 18, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    – Nice look at SOME of the best remakes (adaptations?), though by no means complete. Here are a few others:
    – Ben Hur (1959), the great Oscar-Winner, as per the original silent in the 20’s (also very good).
    – Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Original: Boudu Saved From Drowning).
    – Cape Fear (1993, I think). Well directed, less innocent take by Martin Scorsese on the early 60’s original.
    Always fun when the remakes work; they often don’
    t.

  2. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

    For ‘Casino Royale’, it is not fair to make a comparison because they were two completely diferent films. The first on with David Niven and Peter Sellers is a classic comedy, while the one with Daniel Craig is a more serious take on the James Bond movies. I loved both!!!

  3. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:20 AM

    I never saw the original ‘Departed’, so I have nothing to compare it to, however I loved the remake!!!

  4. Pyretta • August 17, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    What can I say? I love vampire movies, but this one was a little long in the tooth for me. I saw the orginal which was also slow but still it was much, much better than the remake! You know you’re in trouble when you keep looking at the time to see how much longer the film will be!!!!

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