I was just watching it again tonight, particularly grooving to Carpenter's score.
Then I realized something as Windows was dying, flailing and burning in the snow...we'll never see another stuntman in a pyro suit lit on fire.
I mean, that was a de riguer stunt in the 80s. Now it's so passe they don't even CGI a man on fire.
I kinda miss it.
Not as much as I miss the level of creativity that used to go into genre films like THE THING. But still.
UPDATE: Ohhhh my Director-as-control-freak syndrome reared its alien head...that is Morricone's delicous score, and I implied otherwise. Sorry. But obviously, it still belongs to Carpenter and he had a huuuuge influence on the maestro.
Also, there's an intriguing discussion going down at the IMDb board about this movie and the plethora of others that have an all-male cast. Apropos, given the stink made over THE WOMEN this summer, when of course it's quite commonplace for the reverse to occur. Love that sexism.