Although this film was a critical and commercial failure during its original release, Gene Siskel (one of the most respected critics in 1982) actually gave it positive review, even praising it somewhat.
The cast of The Thing consists entirely of men. The only female prescence is the voice of the computer MacReady plays chess with.
During the scene where MacReady roasts the newly awakened Dog-Thing, you can clearly see one of the monster's eyes suddenly looking downward leaving just the whiteness of the Sclera exposed. This was a puppeteering error that got left in the final print.
To give the illusion of icy Antarctic conditions, interior sets on the Los Angeles sound stages were refrigerated down to 40 F while it was well over 100 F outside.
John Carpenter has called this the first part of his "Apocalypse Trilogy", followed by Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness.
The Thing is a remake of the 1951 film "The Thing from Another World," based on the novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell Jr.