Recently I watched both 1982 and 2011 versions of The Thing (movies will from here on out only be referred to by the year to save confusion).
1982- Starred a very young and very hairy Kurt Russell as helicopter pilot with a ridiculously large hat. Sadly could not find a screen shot of it. It is totally worth laughing at.
2011- Stars a cute helicopter pilot who sort of looks like a less tall, skinny, and red headed Conan O’Brien who does not have a ridiculous hat, but he does have an earring.
1982- The story starts off with some apparently crazy Norwegian man trying to kill a very pretty dog from a helicopter. If I didn’t know what was going on I would so not be cool with this.
2011- Starts with a snow mobile filled with Norwegian guys trucking along a glacier who fall into some crazy cave and discover a spaceship. Spelunking anyone?
1982- Takes place at an American base in Antarctica.
2011- Take place on a Norwegian base in Antarctica.
1982- Awesome 70’s music.
2011- Awesome 80’s music.
1982- Dogs die.
2011- Dogs die.
1982- Lots of the people on this base are tool bags.
2011- Less tool bags, more turtleneck sweaters.
1982- Horribly cheesy graphics.
2011- Better gruesome graphics.
1982- Not a fully developed story line. Enough plot holes a Norwegian snow mobile could fall into it.
2011- Better explained.
All in all I liked the 2011 one better. I think it is cool that is was done as a prequel to the 1982 movie. They paid attention to detail, and it was sort of cool to watch the older one after the new one. Neither of them are bad movies, as far as alien movies go. 2011 is definitely louder and gorier, but enjoyable. Lesson to be taken away from both of these movies, people without fillings are suspect.