I can't remember what exactly brought this one to mind, but something did, I checked netflix and away we went.
What a movie! There's something about horror/scary movies that came out in the late 70s/early 80s. The style, the colours, the neon red blood - it all makes for a pretty wonderful experience.
The Thing is definitely now one of my favourites from this time, maybe even number one (though Dawn of the Dead is still up there).
The story is simple: isolation, monster, and paranoia. I loved that the bulk of the creepiness came from the setting and psychological terror, rather than just a big scary creature (but don't get me wrong - the creature is awesome).
A lot of scenes had only flares for light which added to those lurid, vibrant colours of the time and Kurt Russel was awesome and pretty babely.
All in all, highly recommended! ;)