The First Cut Of The Thing Was A Completely Different Film
By ERIN BRADY
Movies - TV
Although it was not well-received at the time, John Carpenter's 1982 film "The Thing" is considered one of the best horror movies ever made, thanks to its amazing practical effects, strong performances, and overall sense of paranoia. However, some changes were made right before its release that changed the pace of the film.
According to producer Stuart Cohen, the original cut took much longer to get from the transformation of the Alaskan Malamute to the Norris transformation. Among the scenes left out were MacReady handling a blow-up sex doll and mechanic Childs tending to a marijuana plant.
Additionally, two death scenes were originally much different, with Fuchs being impaled by a shovel and Bennings getting stabbed by a screwdriver. Of course, most fans agree that Carpenter was right in making the changes, giving us the perfectly-paced and brilliantly bloody film we know and love today.