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THE THING The Facts

In the theatrical version the cook is listening to Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious". Because Universal did not secure rights for the home video release, the song was replaced. However, for more recent releases, Universal was able to use "Superstitious" because they re-licensed the song.

 
The American syndicated television version features:
  • A voiceover for title card reading "Antarctica, 1982";
  • A voiceover added and film re-cut introducing each character and providing their back-stories.
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.

Facts courtesy of Internet Movie Database and Universal Pictures.
 

 

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