10 Movie Remakes With Better Endings Than The Original
Christian Nyby's original 1951 adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr.'s 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" wraps up with a decidedly tidier and more hopeful finale than John Carpenter's 1982 re-adaptation.
Nyby's The Thing from Another World ends with the titular extraterrestrial creature unambiguously defeated by the remaining humans, who reduce it to a pile of ash with an electric trap.
In the final scene, a message broadcast by the heroes then warns the world to "watch the skies," which in the decades since has been widely accepted to be a thinly-veiled, anti-communist statement.
But Carpenter's film is far more bleak, with the exact fate of the Thing left unknown, all while the two survivors, MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Childs (Keith David), are doomed to slowly freeze to death together, each wary that the other might indeed be the Thing.
Between its brilliantly downbeat tenor and lack of a heavy-handed political allegory, Carpenter's finale wipes the floor with the '51 version, even if the original is still a highly entertaining movie in its own right.