I didn't mind the prequel too much, but your criticism is valid. The whole paranoia vibe of John Carpenter's is just brilliant. It made the movie. One night, I did watch them in story order, 2011 first and then the 1982 version. The continuity, to watch them as one continuous story, is not too bad. Not perfect, I can find a few gripes, but overall I thought they did that part of it fairly well.