Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin traditions change over time

By: Lynzi Acree

If you’re a fan of Halloween and all its traditions, then there’s a chance that you’ll be making a Jack-O-Lantern soon. Who doesn’t love those childhood memories of sitting around putting faces on pumpkins?
So, when you carve that pumpkin, there are several different designs for you may want to look into:

The traditional design: Jack-o’-Lanterns were originally carved radishes and squashes to tell stories or ward off demons. This tradition started in Ireland and spread over the UK, but when people started immigrating to America, it was much easier to use the indigenous pumpkin rather than the smaller radishes.

The picture is in the pumpkin: With the larger vegetables at hand, it was easier to make more than just a basic face; and with the new tools that have developed over time fancier, more in-depth drawings became possible. Many pictures still keep the theme of Halloween, but not all of them.

People’s faces: Even more recently, pop culture has been incorporated into the Jack-o’-Lantern tradition. You can use different cutting depths to shade and emphasize features.
A man in Kenova, WV makes an amazing display of Jack-o’-Lanterns every year. Ric Griffith, the great pumpkin artist has the help of volunteers for this great project. The Pumpkins are on display for about a week around Halloween. If you ever get a chance to stop by it is strongly advised that you seize the opportunity.

Feelin' down on your luck? Superstitions explained

By: Lynzi Acree

Halloween will be here before you know it, so you might want to brush up on your superstitions in case of paranoia. Superstitions are defined in most dictionaries as “an irrational belief in the existence of unseen forces which control fate.” Even though superstitions seem timeless, they do have origins. Here are those of some popular beliefs and the story of where they originated from:

The number 13: This notion pops up all over history. There are many theories as to why it’s unlucky. One such theory is that, in the Bible, Judas “the Betrayer of Jesus,” was the 13th member at the Last Supper. In Egyptian society, the number 13 was lucky because it symbolized death, for them meaning the glorious afterlife. Other cultures corrupted the number and it’s meaning with their fear of death.

Black cats: The Egyptian Goddess Bastet was believed to be a black cat. Christians in the Middle Ages wanted to wipe all traces of other religions from society, so early American settlers told young children and the uneducated that black cats were disguised demons and should be killed. They also killed women who owned the cats, thinking they were witches.

Spilled salt: Salt was thought to purify and drive away evil spirits, which were known for lurking behind your left shoulder, waiting for a chance to wreak some havoc. When you throw the spilt salt over your left shoulder, you drive the evil spirits away.

Walking under a ladder: There are two versions of this superstition. One belief is that the ladder forms a triangle which represents the “Holy Trinity.” If you walk through it, you violate the space and are believed to be in a league with the Devil. The other version is that hangmen used a ladder to hang a person from the gallows, and if you walked under the ladder, death would notice you.

Breaking a mirror: Your reflection in a mirror is symbolic of your soul. According to the pagan Romans, breaking the mirror, and therefore the reflection, damages the soul and brings spiritual suffering for seven years. Why seven years? The Romans believed that every seven years your body was rejuvenated.

Knock on wood: Pagans thought good spirits lived in wood and trees. By knocking on wood or touching it, you were “remembering” them and they would protect you from bad fortune.

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Golf season at end: Coach steps down after ten years

By: Lynzi Acree
The golf season ended on a high note September 24 having begun August 11.
Senior James Dobbs said the practices “really prepared the team for playing games.”
This season went pretty well for the team and it went as most of the players had expected. Like anything, it had its highs and lows, but all the players had improved most likely because of diligent practice.
According to coach Diane Franklin, the strongest players this season, experienced players, were senior captain Jordan Franklin, junior Jacob Haynes, junior Tyler Jones, and freshman player Wes Withrow. The other new player is freshman Justin McKown. Other teammates include freshman Taylor Casto, senior James Dobbs, junior Trenten Boggess, and sophomore Logan Reynolds.
The team competes and practices at Greenhills Country Club.
Franklin said her best year was 2002, which was the last year the whole team went to states.
This is the last of ten years that Franklin has coached.
“I started when my eldest son Tyler was a senior,” she said, “and I’ll be finishing with my youngest son as a senior.”

Volleyball team hopes to end season on good note

By: Taryn Matheny
   The Ripley Viking volleyball team has had a great showing in all of their games this season. The team’s record is 13-18-1 and they have been able to play against tough opponents this year. The team has played hard throughout the season only getting better with each game.
   “We have been able to improve on our communication skills and that has helped us to do better in games during the season,” said senior Ryne Hill.
   The volleyball team looks to continue to get better over their last few games and to win the majority of them. They have worked hard since they began practicing over the summer and are looking forward to having a great finish to their season. They haven’t given up during any of their games and they are hoping that helps them as they get towards the end of the season.
   “This year is a little different from last year,” said Junior Lyndsay Anthony
   “But in only losing two players we have been able to stay the same, because a lot of underclassmen got to play so we are more experienced this year.”
   The volleyball team has performed up to many people’s expectations on the team. They believe that they have performed to their best every time that they have played and they have just had a few mistakes that have caused them to come up short in some of their games.
   “I felt like we were going to be a pretty decent team at the beginning of the season and we have played up to expectations by performing to our best in each game,” said senior Kala Ford.
   The team feels that their effort has really helped them in their last few games and they are looking to fight it out until the end. The Lady Vikings are going to continue to work hard and if you get the chance to come and support them then you should while you still can.

Team chemisty

By: Anni Ashworth

With a record of 8-5-3, this year’s boys’ soccer team has come ready to play. Consisting mainly of veterans, the team has been playing the game together for many seasons which has helped them find their balance and strategize against other opponents this season.
Senior Logan Welling commented, "As a team we’ve learned how to work together which wins games. This season has been a good ending to my high school soccer career."
The Vikings will play home October 19 for regionals which will determine the continuation of their season. Good luck to all the players, and congratulations seniors on a good ending season!

Runners heading to end season

By: Anni Ashworth

            This year’s cross-country season has been full of determination and the will-power to push more every meet. The runners have endured it all, from scorching hot practices over the summer to running meets with mud up to their knees. Nothing has stopped them from doing what they love.
             “When you run cross-country, you just automatically assume that you’re going to have to run through the rain and mud,” Senior Daron Clark said, “You just learn to enjoy it when you can; anything’s better than running in the scorching heat.”
            The team is very competitive within themselves. Junior Chad Longanacre, who ranked 26th in the state, and junior Caleb Casto, who ranked 39th, have continually come neck-in-neck f each other in each meet.
            The cross-country team consists of: seniors Levi Braley, Anni Ashworth, Karli Casto, Brittany Sellers, Daron Clark and Travis Adcock; juniors Caleb Casto, Ali Cunningham, Melissa Hughart, Ryan Gregory, Sammy Shaver, Kendra Sellers, and Chad Longanacre; sophomores Jake Casto, Molli Cunningham, Dylan Welling; and freshmen Levi Phillips, Breanna Sturns and Kyndra Hill.
            Hughart commented, “I’m ready to pick our commitment up and get better every meet. I have a lot of goals I plan to achieve before the end of the season.”
            The last cross-country meet will be October 29 at Cabell Midland. There’s no doubt this season will be ending the right way. Congratulations on a good year so far and good luck finishing the season!

Football going for win out

By: Taryn Matheny

   The Viking football team has fought hard in all of their games this season. The record for the Vikings is 3-5. They have played well away from home this season. The Vikings won a game on the road at Nitro with a score of 39-22. They also were able to come away with a victory in a tough-fought game at Lincoln County with a score of 24-20. The Vikings also came away with a win at home against St. Albans with a score of 22-0. It has been a season of streaks for the Vikings. They started off losing two games in a row, but then they came back and won two games on the road. The Vikings won against Nitro in their last game and the Vikings are hoping to win out their games the rest of this season.
   “This is where I thought we would be when it comes to effort. We have battled in each game until the very and we’ve just had some bad breaks in a few games,” said senior Quarterback Tyler Casto.
   The team continues to work hard and have made improvements in coming together as a team. They are finding ways to motivate themselves for each game, whether by listening to music or by just getting each other fired up however they can before each game.
   “We are going to be ready for these next few games. Coach Frashier and Dr. Isner have really started to get us all fired up and I think we can have success these final games,” said senior Wide Receiver Anthony Michael.
   The seniors are especially looking to take control this last game and finish the rest of the season up strong. They are looking to keep everyone up and to have the same intensity throughout the game no matter how it is going for them. The team is looking to fight it out until the very end with their last game being against Ravenswood.
   They are going to continue to try hard and finish out their season strong. Their next game is a home game and it is the Hatchet Game. It is against Ravenswood on November 4th. If you get the chance to come and watch them, then you should take this opportunity to come and cheer on your Ripley Viking Football team.

Lady Vikings have fun with season

By: Sarah Smith
“Playing soccer is fun because we get to kick things,” senior captain Emily Pierson stays positive even though the girls’ soccer season has been difficult and not exactly productive with a record of 3-10-3.
“We’ve played some really good games and we’re playing much better as a team. We just haven’t been able to finish,” says senior forward Emily Smith.
Playing well as a team was one of the Lady Viking’s main goals this season, as well as building a base for future years. Seeing as all freshmen save for an injured Caleigh Neil have received significant playing time with three freshmen, Morgan Pierson, Callan Banks and Holly Farkosh earning starting spots along their upperclassmen counterparts, that goal looks to have been reached as well.
“I really like all the girls and I just have fun playing with the team,” says Farkosh, a defender.
The Lady Vikes will graduate nine seniors, including seven starters, but they will return 12 girls and hopefully have generated enough interest to attract some new talent next year.
“I just have fun playing with the team. They’re a great group and we’re just enjoying the time we have together,” Smith sums up the year.

Students weigh in on policy changes

By: Emma Shinn

The students of Tabby Craddock’s General Psychology class gave a set of survey questions to a random sampling of the Ripley High School population as part of an assignment. The survey asked for students’ opinions on some of the major rule changes that were implemented this year, and for suggestions on what they think would improve the school.
The majority (52%) of students surveyed said that they do like the 8-period day, and that they approve of the switch from block scheduling. An even bigger majority (76%) said that they like having one-hour lunches twice a week, and 81% of survey participants said that they like the rules better this year than they have in years past.
In terms of things the students would change about Ripley high if they could, there was a shocking response. A staggering 72% of students polled said that they thought having year-round school would help them remember lessons better. One student’s specific response included the supplement, “but I would probably hate it.”
Some common responses to the question “What is one thing you would change about Ripley High?” were: allowing cell phones or changing the cell phone policy, switching to open campus and allowing students to leave during lunch, using laptops instead of textbooks, putting in snack machines, returning to block scheduling, and getting school uniforms.
Students also had a lot of opinions on how to improve lunch. Many of them mentioned wanting an hour lunch every day, “better” quality bag lunches and hot lunches, and having lunches separated by grade.

Soul Punk offers new sound

By: Emma Shinn

Last year, I reviewed Patrick Stump’s EP Truant Wave, and noted that it was being released as a precursor to his first solo album. (For those of you that don’t know, an EP is a musical release that is more than a single, but less than an album). I mentioned that the release date for the full-length album had been pushed back multiple times before it finally settled at October 18.
At the time, I predicted (based on my opinions of the EP) that Soul Punk would be quite a change from Stump’s former work with Fall Out Boy. I also thought that even though I would remain a fan no matter what, I probably wouldn’t be too fond of the new musical direction in which Stump was going. After listening to Soul Punk, I have found that I was right on the first count, but wrong on the latter.
While this new music is noticeably different from Fall Out Boy’s sound, as a long time fan, I actually like the change quite a bit. When the title Soul Punk was announced, many fans and critics questioned what exactly that meant. Going into this album as a listener, I still didn’t quite know what I was going to be hearing, but as soon as the first song begins, you realize just exactly what it was that Stump was trying to describe with that title. The songs are a mixture of synth-pop and electro-punk music, with soulful lyrics written straight from Stump’s heart.
My favorite song on the album is the fast-paced fourth track entitled “Spotlight (New Regrets).” With a beat that makes you alternately want to dance and clap your hands, and inspirational lyrics like, “You could be the star, you could shine so bright.” “Spotlight” is a brilliant pick-me-up song for when you’re feeling out of sorts.
The album features two versions of the song “This City”, one of which is a remix featuring rapper Lupe Fiasco. The remix was the first (and so far only) single released off the album, and was written about Stump and Fiasco’s hometown of Chicago. Both versions of “This City” make for great listening, but I definitely feel that the Lupe Fiasco version has an incredible vibe that you don’t realize is missing from the original until you hear it in the remix.
Probably the track with the most interesting background is “Allie.” The song was used as the basis for a contest run on Stump’s website during the lead-up to the album’s release. The album was available for preorder online, and everyone who used that option was automatically entered into the contest. Twenty people were chosen at random from that list and Stump re-recorded the song with their name in place of “Allie.” These people were then mailed their personalized copy of the song.
Overall, I would recommend this album to anyone who likes synth-pop or electronic music, or is just looking for something new and different to listen to. In a culture where most music genres are starting to sound the same, I can honestly say that this album is completely unique. I’d also recommend it to any Fall Out Boy fans who may be feeling dubious about Stump’s solo career. It’s definitely a change from the sound you’re used to, but the layered beats and falsetto voice will capture your attention immediately.
Soul Punk is available on CD in stores, or for digital download from iTunes or Stump’s website, It is available on vinyl from the website as well.

TV shows need originality

By: Sarah Smith
Have you looked at a new TV show lately and thought, “Hey, that’s a great idea for a show! How original!”? No? I don’t blame you. It seems like screenwriters are just recycling plot premises and changing minor details. The following outline could work for just about any cop show currently on the air: [Blank] is an unconventional [cop, detective, agent, special agent] who is totally awesome and completely defies the rules of his/her profession. They have a straight-man foil partner named [blank] and a boss who doesn’t necessarily like their unconventional ways but respects their ability to get work done. There are more than 25 cop shows on the air, almost all of which follow this basic format (e.g. “Psych”, “Castle”, and “White Collar”).
Even worse are the cake shows. There are fewer cake shows than cop shows, but cake shows are more annoying and have less viable plot lines to add variety to an already original theme. Every week you can tune into “Cake Boss” or any other of at least five shows themed around cakes for 30 minutes to an hour and…wait for it…watch them make a cake. If you get lucky, they might make more than one per episode. And even if you miss a weekly premier, don’t be disheartened; the sugary, floury goodness never ends. “Cake Boss” and “Ace of Cakes” are on three to four hour blocks on their respective channels.
If glorified pastries aren’t your thing, there are other overdone show themes to bury yourself in. There are an alarming number of shows about stuff. Getting stuff, keeping stuff, and selling stuff is apparently fascinating to a wide enough audience to allow for at least six shows about pawn shops, pawning, hoarding, and finding things to pawn and keep. I don’t know who watches these shows, but whoever you are, please stop. Your terrible shows about shopping are taking up valuable time on the History Channel that could be used for actual history.
The problem with having so many shows themed around one topic seems obvious: it gets boring. You can only watch so many episodes of “American Pickers” without getting sick of seeing them make cheap deals on old stuff and talk about how awesome their van is (hint: their van really is not awesome at all). Ideally, every time you turn on your TV, every episode of a show is different in some way and every show will be different from others like it by at least two major points aside from the names of the characters. This could be accomplished by writers taking more time in finding original premise points for their shows and not just filling in a basic outline with some new names.
Fortunately, there is hope. “Once Upon a Time”, a new fantasy show set in modern time looks to be a promising, original premise. “American Horror Story” is a horror TV show, which is a premise that has only been tackled successfully a couple of times (see review on page ___). These few lights of originality will hopefully inspire other TV writers to take initiative and create original plot premise and themes. If not I fully intend on throwing my television out the top window of the tallest building I can find.

Here's what's great about: Ron Paul

By: Emma Shinn

In a survey given earlier this year by the Viking Press staff, a number of students said that one thing they wanted to see in our newspaper was more national news and politics. As someone who is rabidly interested in both of those topics, I decided to write about them in my senior column.
As a warning to any readers, let me say the following: quite a bit of my interest in politics is based on how sarcastic and/or funny I can be while discussing them. Anything I say in my column should always be taken with a grain of salt. You could find me writing my true opinions, exaggerated, or you could find me being completely sarcastic from start to finish. Either way, I’m hoping to accomplish two things: information and entertainment. I want you to learn, but I also want you to laugh.
With that said, I’m not sure how many of you are aware of this, but there happens to be a presidential race going on at the moment. With 15 different candidates vying for the Republican nomination, it has been difficult for a lot of Republican and conservative Independent voters to choose a candidate they really support. Watch any Republican debate, and the first thing you’ll notice is that most of the candidates seem to have roughly the same ideas and positions, just phrased different ways. Some people call that “party unity”; I just call it boring.
So where is that candidate who’s going to spice things up? Where is that person who’s going to stand up and say, “Hey! I’m different from those other guys (and girls)! Elect me!” I’ll tell you where he is. In Congress, co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill with Democrat Barney Frank that would legalize marijuana. He’s also in Texas, the state he represents, opposing the death penalty and advocating the revision of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Most “mainstream” Republicans have completely opposing views on all of those issues, so how’s that for being different?
The question now becomes, who is this innovator of the Republican Party? Who is this person so willing to stand out and stand alone on the issues that he truly believes in? The answer, of course, is Congressman Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul, a veteran of both the United States Air Force and National Guard, and a licensed medical doctor.
Now, I’m not saying that Paul is the best candidate for President, but I’m also not saying he’s the worst. All I’m saying is that he certainly isn’t like the others, and whether you find that an exciting change of pace or a horrible detraction, you now know that it’s true.

Sarah Says: Christie Rampone rocks my socks

By: Sarah Smith
I feel like I might be overdoing the women’s soccer angle on all my stories, but the more I think about it, the less I care. Women’s soccer gets almost no attention compared to men’s professional sports, so I don’t feel guilty for focusing on these strong, amazing women for one more month.
The woman I want to focus on in particular is Christie Rampone. Christie Rampone is the baddest female athlete alive. She is the current captain of the U.S. women’s national team and her club team, magicJack, and a literal soccer mom.
For one thing, Rampone is 36 years old. In women’s soccer, 36 is as good as 70. By 36, most women are hanging up their cleats and saying, “Oh well, that was a good career. Time to go home,” but not Christie Rampone. Rampone is still one of the fastest ladies on the team, and she is constantly referred to as “the fittest woman here” by her teammates.
Not only that, but Rampone has two children. While male athletes father children all the time, women athletes are completely different. By having children, I mean Rampone carried two babies for two separate nine-month periods and then gave birth. So this means two nine-month breaks for Rampone, right? Ha ha, no. While carrying her first daughter, Rylie, Rampone stayed on a less intense training program up until the seven-month mark. After Rylie was born, Rampone was back in training in a matter of two weeks.
The story of Reece, the second Rampone daughter, is a bit more complicated. In 2008, the fledging season for Women’s Professional Soccer, Rampone was playing with a team called Sky Blue FC. They were terrible. They were last in the league and it looked like they were going to be out of the playoffs before they even started. Then, to make things even better for Sky Blue, their coach was suspended and his successor quit. It looked like the end of the season. Rampone, on top of her captain’s job and responsibilities as a player, was given the duties of looking after and coaching the team. In a logical succession of events, Sky Blue went from last to first and to win the league under the coaching of Rampone. During the celebration a bottle of champagne was popped and, as per tradition, the captain was offered the first drink. Her response?
“No, sorry guys, I can’t. I’m three months pregnant.”
That’s right. Christie Rampone coached/captained one of the most successful comebacks in soccer history while toting a baby around in her belly.
This was not Rampone’s first medical happening that had an effect on her career. In college, she tore her anterior cructiate ligament. An ACL tear can end an athlete, and even if it doesn’t, many people lose the chance to play at a higher level due to missed playing time while injured. Obviously not Christie Rampone.
The only sad part of the story of Christie Rampone is that after all these comebacks and general amazingness, she might not have a job in a couple of years. The WPS draws in so little viewership and attendance and has such small sponsors compared to what a professional team needs that, if something doesn’t change, the league will soon dissolve and hundreds of women will be left without jobs. Viewership and attendance are on the rise, so hopefully this will not be a problem. Knowing Christie Rampone, if it does, she’ll start a league in her backyard and house all the players in her basement while becoming a successful businesswoman in order to support them all.

Friday, October 28, 2011

First County-Wide Art Show Great Success

By: Tabitha Hudnall

Students attended the first annual art show taking place at the Jackson County Courthouse. The show was set up October 14 at 8:30 am and artwork was judged on the fourteenth as well. The reception was on the 17th from 5:30-7:30 pm and the awards were given to the winners. The show was in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Participants from all Jackson County schools were present at the show.

The show accepted artwork from grades K-12. Each school had a limit of twenty pieces in the show. Each school has artwork chosen by the school’s art teachers. The criteria from which our own Debbi Sisson chose the work include “detail, fullness, size, and neatness of the work.” Where most art shows are separated into categories such as pencil, paint, multimedia, and more, this show combined all works of art into levels of elementary, middle, and high school.

Each school level gave awards for best of show, first, second, third, fourth, and honorable mentions. Separate recognition was given to art that represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

At the high school level, Zeke Freshour of Ripley won best of show, Rachel Stanley of Ripley won best of show in Domestic Violence Awareness category, Tabitha Hudnall of Ripley won first place, Billy Maynor of Ripley won second place, and Ashley Sauls of Ravenswood won third place.

Earl Ray Tomblin chosen governor in special election

By: Danielle Vealey

Tuesday October 4 Earl Ray Tomblin was chosen for Governor during a special election. Governor Joe Manchin ran and was elected for the open senate seat that needed to be filled after Senator Robert C. Byrd passed away. Therefore, someone had to take his place. The term that Manchin didn’t finish began on Jan. 19, 2009 and ends Jan. 14, 2013.

The primary election was in May when one candidate out of each party was selected out of 19. Up until then they had all campaigned on their platforms of what they thought could improve the state.

Tomblin is 59 and is from Logan County. He has been married to his wife, Joanne, for 31 years and they have a son named Brent. He received his undergraduate from WVU, an M.B.A. from Marshall, and attended the University of Charleston. Tomblin is a self-employed business man and former school teacher. He was elected to the WV House of Delegates in 1974 at the age of 22 and was elected to the state senate in 1980. He is the longest serving Senate President. Then in 2000 he was named the state’s first Lieutenant Governor.

Governor Tomblin has several plans for the betterment of West Virginia. He has recently issued an executive order that will protect our environment and our citizens, all while providing stability natural gas companies need to create jobs and develop our resources.

He says he will do all that he can to complete major highway projects while still maintaining the state’s secondary roads. Tomblin pledges to make sure that no federal highway money goes unmatched throughout the state.

He also feels that we must improve the use of technology and reduce the dropout rate of students. He thinks that children need today’s technologies available in schools to learn skills that are necessary to succeed in the next generation’s economy. Tomblin firmly believes that as a state we must devote additional time and resources to keep the children at risk of dropping out in the schools.

Tomblin’s administration is currently working on improving access to health care. The state is helping 10,000 West Virginians receive access to primary care centers. This will enable our citizens to have better access to preventive care. He also thinks that that we can take advantage of telemedicine opportunities as we continue extending broadband Internet service into areas of WV that are currently undeserved. Tomblin is proud and confident to be the leader of this state and plans to do all he can to make it a better place to the citizens of WV.

The Viking Pride Board

Surprise! There’s another Viking Pride Board going up. A few weeks back the Viking Competition Board was announced, but The Viking Press printed the wrong name for the “thermometer” boards. The true Viking Pride Board will be placed near the alma mater on the wall in the main lobby. Principal Will Hosaflook, with the help of seniors Stephanie Gruber and Megan Randolph (Service learning students in the office), will be the professional on this subject.
Basically, the rules are simple. If you clean up around the school and do good deeds such as pick up trash and throw it away, then you will earn a star on the board. The board is for the entire school as one, so if one person does a good deed or does something bad, we all get punished. The board is new this year and Hosaflook has been very clear that if he sees something he doesn’t approve of, he will announce it on the intercom.
If a student breaks a rule like getting in a fight or littering, there go all of our privileges. The privileges include our one-hour lunches and students, privilege before school and during get to stand outside and in the hallways and talk to our friends it will all be gone. We will all have to be in the gymnasium or the cafeteria at lunch. Everyone enjoys these privileges and wants to keep them, so clean up and keep our school clean. This board is an all-year deal, don’t beat yourself up if we start losing stars because you can earn them back by following the rules and making Ripley High look awesome.

"The Thing"

Have you ever been to a movie and thought, "Okay, it's about to get better" and it doesn't? You just expect the climax to be shocking and to put you on the edge of your seat. Well, watch the movie “The Thing”, there is nothing exciting or thrilling about it at all.
October 14 the movie "The Thing" was released. It had an overall grade of a C from the People's Critics: Film Review. After watching the movie and reading comments, there are people who enjoyed it and people who think they wasted money to make it and to go and watch it. Personally, I think it is a waste of money and cheaply put together. I was very disappointed after watching this movie as were the people I was with. Movies should keep you guessing and this movie what was about to happen was too obvious.
For those of you who haven't watched it or heard of it, I'll sum up. In the beginning of the movie an alien spacecraft and specimen were found under ice. Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a paleontologist and a group of researchers (Joel Edgerton as Sam, Ulrich Thomsen as Dr. Sander Halvorson, and Eric Christian Olswen as Adam Goodman), are called to study the specimen found. After the specimen is brought up from the cold, it becomes alive and starts attacking and getting inside people to makes everyone second guess everyone and everything. After watching this movie, I discovered it is a prequel to the classic 1982 movie “The Thing” by John Carpenter.
After researching the older movie and watching clips of it, there are a lot of good elements in both movies. In the 1982 version, the horror is more intense and there’s an uneasy feeling as you’re watching it, which is the feeling you want when you watch a horror film. The 2011 version is more digitally designed with the new technology we have today, but the focus was so much on that, that the horror fell flat. So either movie you watch there are things you are going to like and dislike.