The thing is… (pun intended) I didn’t like the film when I first saw it. And now I know I still don’t like it. Carpenter was never my cup of tea, although I get those fanboys (and… girls?) who like all the melted bodies and spider legs of The Thing.
Watching it in movie theater for the first time, on glorious 35mm film, added to the experience, but I do think that it’s a bit long for something made out of the short story. I like subtle comedy bits here and there, but explosions are the most fun. In the end it takes itself a little too serious.