July 30, 2008

The Thing Remade, Starring G.I. Joe Action Figures
— Ace

When I say "remade," I mean remade with a new but similar script, not recreated. The "plot" of this short follows the very basics of The Thing's plot, but only in broadest outline. Don't expect shot-for-shot fidelity, or, like me, you'll start wondering where the hell the Swedes are, and when the dog is going to start acting funny.

And why MacReady is suddenly a redhead.

Starts off a mite slow, and the music just gets more and more annoying (you might want to turn it down after a minute), but it is a lot of fun to look at. Great sets. And the monster actually looks kinda scary, too.

Thanks to Dr. Reo Symes.

Posted by: Ace at 05:13 PM | Comments (32)
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1 It was Norwegians.

Posted by: EC at July 30, 2008 05:16 PM (j2Tjh)

2 Howard Hawks' Thing rules.  Fuck that Carpenter shit, even if it is closer to the original story.


Posted by: Stinky Esposito at July 30, 2008 05:16 PM (MMC8r)

3 Whatever...

Just call 'em "Scandis" or "ice-wops".

Posted by: EC at July 30, 2008 05:19 PM (j2Tjh)

4 It's sort of a re-imaginging of The Thing produced by Hasbro and scored with ear-shattering music.

Posted by: ECM at July 30, 2008 05:26 PM (q3V+C)

5 None of them things ever lived through a tube of 1960's era Testors model cement and a pack of matches.

Posted by: Tinian at July 30, 2008 05:30 PM (1Mq7K)

6 Uh, no Scarlett Baroness or any chicks with all that snow? I was robbed!

Posted by: lorien1973 at July 30, 2008 06:14 PM (RPae0)

7 Sigh, I never made it past the magnifying glass heat and M80 stage with my GI Joe toys.

Posted by: TH at July 30, 2008 06:50 PM (2SWnr)

8 OMG anybody knows they were Norwegians /facepalm

Posted by: Bjorn Frei at July 30, 2008 07:17 PM (x/7v1)

9 I'd like to see ADRIENNE BARBEAU's boobs again. I don't care if she's 60.


Wait.

Oh, I thought you said SWAMP THING

Posted by: bartwing plover: at July 30, 2008 09:23 PM (EUTgu)

10 re: ADRIENNE BARBEAUS boobs.

Dissapointing. They looked so much bigger on MAUDE. Still okay, I guess.

remember the ad by the GREENPEACE jerks using the SWAMP THING?

btw, the boob clip is on youtube.

Posted by: bartwing plover: at July 30, 2008 09:31 PM (EUTgu)

11 Stop setting Ace up for the "I can't tell Scandis apart" joke he already made, you Norwegian and/or Swedish fucks.

Posted by: Retired (Like A Viking) at July 30, 2008 09:32 PM (eYJeU)

12
I read where some guy posted that when he was a kid and after he had found a book on sex, he would take his sister's Barbie dolls and give them as gifts to his G.I. Joes as rewards for bravery in battle. lol!

Posted by: grc at July 30, 2008 09:48 PM (vk1s8)

13 Except for that "music", which could quite possibly have been the worst fucking noise I have ever heard in my entire life, and which made me almost pull out my power drill and drill a hole right through my head and then pour lye directly into my brain, that was very cool.

Posted by: MY FUCKING EARS!!!!!!!! at July 30, 2008 11:11 PM (UioS4)

14

Who has time for that? How do you get paid making these things?

It's great fun and all but how do you justify the huge piece of your life that's missing because you spent it posing G.I. Joes?

Posted by: spongeworthy at July 31, 2008 03:33 AM (rplL3)

15

After watching it a couple more times, this short looks like a composite of "The Thing" by Carpenter and the original "Who Goes There?" from the 50's.

The characters in the short look like the ones from The Thing, whereas the 50's version had a mix of military and civilians (a lot more people) working in the antarctic lab.  The modern version's alien came from the infected dog that the ice-wops were trying to kill, compared to the "blob" that comes out of the ice core sample from the short.  This is more in line with the original version where they find the alien frozen in a block of ice and it thaws out.  The ending, however, is all John Carpenter where MacReady and Childs are the last survivors and mutually agree to detonate themselves along with the base in order to kill the alien.

I would have liked to see the scene where they do the blood test to see which one of them is the alien.

 

Posted by: EC at July 31, 2008 03:47 AM (mAhn3)

16 It's really well done, but I wish it had been made using people instead of, you know, Scandis. 

Posted by: Phinn at July 31, 2008 05:48 AM (NLtoU)

17

No Wilford Brimley?

Goddamit!

Posted by: Rev Dr The Man E Buzz BigNuts at July 31, 2008 09:13 AM (sf4Oe)

18 sorry, but i watched this like 10000 times circa 1984

Hell, I watch it about twice a month, most recently this past Sunday night.

-I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at July 31, 2008 10:09 AM (Ds4I5)

19 "re: ADRIENNE BARBEAUS boobs.

Dissapointing. They looked so much bigger on MAUDE. Still okay, I guess."

'Things in your monitor are larger than they appear'

Posted by: The Watcher at July 31, 2008 10:30 AM (Ygcse)

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