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The Thing
(2011)
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Composed and Co-Conducted by:

Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Bill Boston
Rossano Galante
Dana Niu
Brandon Roberts
Marcus Trumpp

Produced by:
Buck Sanders
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 11th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you like hearing Marco Beltrami in his comfort zone, providing predictable horror music for the interior of this prequel while bracketing it with impressively tonal, melodic expressions of tragedy.

Avoid it... if only one obvious, token nod to Ennio Morricone's music for the 1982 movie, as well as practically no stylistic similarity between the two scores, is too much disparity within the same concept for your ears.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,491
WRITTEN 10/18/11
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The Thing: (Marco Beltrami) Considering how many really substandard remakes of classic horror films have been attempted through the years, it's satisfying to see that the filmmakers responsible for 2011's The Thing decided to make their film a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 version rather than attempt to improve upon it. So faithful was Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.'s prequel that painstaking care was made to create sets absolutely identical to those seen in the 1982 movie when applicable, literally using screen captures from that film to fill in as much detail in the prequel's design as possible. Plot points also had to be accounted for, and every last clue learned in Carpenter's movie is addressed in the narrative of the new The Thing. The prequel's plot details the events leading up to demise of the Norwegian camp in Antarctica, depicting the initial discovery of the alien "thing" in its crashed spaceship, its escape, and its subsequent instigation of the murders that followed as the occupants of the camp, padded by a few Americans, turn their paranoia against each other. The protagonist is an American female scientist who attempts to discover the cellular capabilities of the creature, but she inevitably is caught in the middle of the standoff between terrified groups in the camp. The prequel carefully builds momentum to the exact scene involving the helicopter pursuit of a running dog (taken over by the "thing") witnessed at the start of the 1982 film. The amount of loyalty to the concept earned the 2011 version of The Thing some kudos from critics, though in their mixed reactions they cited its unfortunate redundancy with the original as a detriment. Essentially, both plots push the same horror genre buttons, the prequel degenerating into a shock fest rather than meeting its goals of accentuating character drama. The score for the 1982 movie was not among Carpenter's own musical efforts, but rather by famed composer Ennio Morricone. His take on the concept is remembered by an extremely lonely organ theme over an echoing, thumping electronic heartbeat effect. For the 2011 prequel, horror master Marco Beltrami was hired to do the honors of setting up Morricone's score, and perhaps the most interesting aspect of the resulting music is the fact that despite all of the attempts made by the filmmakers to remain consistent with the 1982 movie, nothing much from Morricone's music, including its general style, is resurrected in 2011. Only a faithful reprise of the heartbeat effect at the end of "God's Country Music" establishes a connection between the two films.



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Average: 2.83 Stars
***** 25 5 Stars
**** 44 4 Stars
*** 55 3 Stars
** 51 2 Stars
* 39 1 Stars
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Total Time: 55:39
• 1. God's Country Music (1:27)
• 2. Road to Antarctica (2:41)
• 3. Into the Cave (0:39)
• 4. Eye of the Survivor (2:25)
• 5. Meet and Greet (2:55)
• 6. Autopsy (3:08)
• 7. Cellular Activity (1:32)
• 8. Finding Filling (3:25)
• 9. Well Done (1:32)
• 10. Female Persuasion (4:51)
• 11. Survivors (3:28)
• 12. Open Your Mouth (4:20)
• 13. Antarctic Standoff (3:03)
• 14. Meating of the Minds (4:28)
• 15. Sander Sucks at Hiding (2:22)
• 16. Can't Stand the Heat (2:10)
• 17. Following Sander's Lead (2:39)
• 18. In the Ship (2:39)
• 19. Sander Bucks (0:45)
• 20. The End (2:33)
• 21. How Did You Know? (2:29)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the score, as well as a list of performers.
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