The Thing (2011)
The prequel to Carpenter’s (remake of) The Thing. When a group of a scientist find a thing buried under the ice they move it to further dissect it. After celebrating their discovery with a few drinks and laughs someone goes to get some more booze. He stops by the room with the huge block of ice with the thing in it, just to see it burst from the ice.
After he runs to alert the others it becomes a nonstop ride of trying to catch this thing, from outer space. Same premise as the other movie, the thing can mimic bodies almost exactly. It cannot mimic any defects a body has, a metal plate, cavities, fillings, etc.
The film is very fast paced and moves very quickly. There’s a lot of blood, a lot of gore, and it’s always fun to watch people in a room with flamethrowers, guns, and a killer alien who wants to eat everyone whole.
The prequel follows the original pretty well, it’s the same concept and it’s executed pretty well. Yes, we can see the thing unlike the original, yes, there’s CGI but it looked really good. The alien had teeth that had more teeth, it was a very decent looking alien.
I was really expecting this movie to suck, but I was really impressed with it. Plenty of action, lots of explosions, lots of fire, and a lot of bodies ripping in half with a vicious alien host. If you like aliens, even if you’re a huge (the) Thing fan you won’t be let down. It’s suppose to be a prequel but it does follow the original pretty closely, and if you stick around for the end credits you’ll see a lil something.
7.5/10 rotting corpses
Hunter Prey (2010)
Before even talking about this film you should know a few things. If you’re looking for a sci-fi film packed with explosives, and non stop action you should look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a film that is shot incredibly well, with a very character driven performance than grab a seat, strap on your helmet, and enjoy the ride.
When an alien ship holding a dangerous prisoner crashes on a barren planet, only a few alien soldiers survive with the prisoner gone and equipped with a weapon. It is up to the soldiers to hunt the prisoner down, alive if possible. The prisoner has other plans instead. The prisoner is wanted due to the fact that he is a threat to the alien’s home planet, after they destroyed his.
With a sick game of cat and mouse, the alien soldiers try to capture the prisoner but he always seems to be one step ahead.
The film takes a few turns, and has its fair share of some interesting turn of events. When the hunter meets the prey and you get a clearer picture on the prisoner’s side of the story you might second guess your thoughts on who’s the hunter, and who’s the prey.
The movie does have action in it, although its moderate, it is very effective. Nothing over the top, but very awesome nonetheless.
Visually, the film looks like something from the 70’s. And by that I mean it looks fucking awesome. There’s not a lot of cgi used. The aliens are actually wearing suits, masks like they would have in earlier sci-fi films, and boy does it work wonders. The score throughout the movie is awesome, the plot was very well thought out. Hunter Prey worked on a very good pace, nothing was forced, nothing was extremely over the top, and it was a fresh take on a newer sci-fi flick.
Give this movie a chance if you’re into character driven plots, aliens, revenge, twists, and love 70’s themed sci-fi. It’s definitely worth a watch, and you might just find yourself feeling pretty satisfied after watching this. Take note future movie makers, cgi isn’t the way for everything. Simplicity can carry a film a long way.
8/10 rotting corpses
Also, shouts to Danny for recommending the film!
Prometheus, a prequel to Ridley Scott’s ALIEN . The film starts off with a group of scientist who find cave findings and hieroglyphics with a strange pattern of lights. Flash forward a few years a crew of people [two of the scientist from the findings are included] wake up from a cryogenic sleep [Just like in Alien]. They hope to find a species of aliens said to live in a galaxy similar to ours. With it’s own life source, and it’s own sun. LV-223
The thought of this planet is that the aliens that live there are our actual creators. The crew sets out to find proof of their existence, to see if we come from them, and if we do, why?
As the crew ventures into the planet the suspense starts to settle in. The atmosphere was captured perfectly, dark, damp, and eerie. They find something, that could answer some of mankind’s questions. The movie is shot well, the planet looks awesome, and a lot better than I expected. I was expecting your typical sci-fi “planet”. Lot’s of rock and sand, and no depth. But what you get here is nothing like that. On the exterior, the planet looks desolate, but once they enter further into the planet we get layers, and some incredible visuals.
The movie doesn’t pick up right away, Ridley does a great job setting up the atmosphere, keeping you waiting for it to all come down. When it does, it comes with a wrath, and fury. Maybe the answers they were looking for wasn’t worth the trip to ask. What would happen when your beliefs are questioned, when you finally find a source to every question imaginable, and what if then, the things you believed in the most were to turn on you. This film takes the creators and makes them the destroyer.
If you’re looking for a good horror sci-fi film, look no further. This movie has the whole package. Atmosphere, suspense, science fiction, and terror. The acting was on point, the escalation between the characters, the tension, and the build up was all awesome.
I was hoping to see some type of homage to ALIEN. I did, and it ruled.
Go watch Prometheus, and keep your mouth closed. [You’ll see]. The film did have some cliche moments, but what sci-fi flick nowadays doesn’t? But overall Ridley Scott did not disappoint.
7.75/10 rotting corpses
District 9 (2009)
20 years ago an alien space craft hovered over the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The government establishes an area for them to live, District 9. District 9 is anything but a luxurious place. It’s a slum village made for the aliens. The MNU (Multi-National United) is sent in to “evict” the aliens, and force them to a new location.
Wikus, our main character, one of MNU’s agents that are sent to evict the aliens. On his way through district 9 he informs the aliens about an eviction, and searches their homes. During this we see a bunch of weapons, some brief backstory on some aliens, and we meet a group of radicals. The radicals run a black market type business, they sell weapons, make trades with aliens, and believe in voodoo/witchcraft.
Wikus enters a home and finds a container, which sprays a black liquid into his face. Almost instantly Wikus gets sick. The fluid was an alien fluid that was needed to steer the ship. As he recovers from a quick vomit spell, he feels fine for a little bit. When he gets home he becomes more ill and passes out. While at hospital they undo some bandages in his arm, and we see that his arm has undergone a transformation.
With Wikus becoming one of them, the MNU wants him as some sort of test subject, the radicals want him to see if they can become like him, and it seems that his only help are the aliens he planned on evicting.
This movie goes pretty quickly, the special effects look awesome, and the aliens don’t look too cheesy. I enjoyed it quite a bit myself, but it’s still far from a perfect flick. This movie might not be for everyone. If you take these types of movies too seriously you will not enjoy it, there’s nothing ground breaking here. If you’re looking for a movie that doesn’t suck that you can just sit back and enjoy, by all means, watch this movie.
There are a few plot holes and some scenes that are pointless, but the movie has humor, plenty of action, and aliens. There’s nothing scary here, for those of you who enjoy alien type movies give this one a view.
6.5/10 rotting corpses