I remembering seeing the black and white version on a creature feature when I was little and the John Carpenter's version is one of my all time favorite movies, so I was a bit hesitant in hoping that the remake(actually its a prequel) would do justice to the JC's version. Especially considering all of the other remakes that have been absolute crap fests, e.g., Clash of the Titians, The A-Team, etc. or sequels for the movie the matrix and 4th movie that shall not be named in the indy series.
Surprisingly, being that its a "prequel" I think the 2011 version does a pretty good job of honoring JC's version, even though there are a few scenes where the compositing of the CGI is so-so, and the inclusion of a few scenes on the space ship are iffy at best, but it does a 85% smack on job for tying the two movies together with added in props found in the JC version and setting up how the prequel end blends almost perfectly into the JC version. It might surpass the JC version but its one of the better prequels that certainly honors the original and is very well made. Its certainly going into my collection! So now on to the funny!
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