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The Thing- 4/5
I really enjoyed the pacing, the intensity, and it truly had some interesting creature designs and visual effects that gave some pretty good scares. It was everything I had hoped and more, it certainly didn’t disappoint. It felt like it flowed in the same vein as the John Carpenter’s 1982 film as it set the same tone of paranoia and distrust. The events that lead up to the 1982 film are perfectly explained in this one, plus, Mary Elizabeth Winstead…’nuff said.
Apollo 18- 3(3.5?)/5
I’m teetering on this one. I really liked the concept and there’s a lot of visuals and camera work that create an intense atmosphere, but I was a little disappointed when the “life forms” are revealed. There are quite a few memorable scenes and some clever play on lighting that was genuinely creepy, but the purpose of the mission and the overall story felt like an afterthought. The third act felt kind of scrambled as well. As a sci-fi, fake documentary thriller, it does a great job. It’s something to watch if you’re a fan of the genre as it’s certainly not for everybody.