R | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
Kevin Kline was suggested by Universal for MacReady, who they feared didn't have enough star power. John Carpenter did meet with the actor, and gave it serious thought.
Poor baby, you're starting to lose it.
While the guy in the chopper with the rifle fires several shots at the dog, and we hear the sound of a gunshot on the soundtrack, at no time do we ever see a muzzle flash from the end of the rifle.
The version broadcast on television in the eighties ended with a few shots of a dog running, stopping to look around and heading off into the distance, leading the spectator to believe the Thing had survived. Also, the scene where a man's head tears itself apart from his body, grows legs and eyes and runs off, was cut.
ONE CHAIN DON'T MAKE NO PRISON
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
$3,107,897 (USA) (2 July 1982)
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