Yeah, the latest remake was decent, but still can't beat the Carpenter remake. It is one of my favorite movies and I pretty much own just about every John Carpenter movie. Seriously underrated director. He is also a freaking genius with the musical scores in his movies (he does the music himself). No matter how many times I watch that movie, I still jump out of my seat on that scene when they administer blood tests to all their station personnel.I didnt mind the recent Thing, but something about that old Carpenter camera look makes me more uneasy.
If you are a fan of video games, the video game for The Thing on Xbox/PS2 was pretty amazing as well. You're a member of a team sent to the Antarctica station after the events in the movie. You lead a squad of team members with different skills (engineers, medics, soldiers, etc) and can manage their trust by giving them better weapons or taking them away, sending them out first into rooms, providing prompt medical assistance, etc. You can also give your team members blood tests, if they come back negative, they won't like you for testing them.
You also got to meet/find other people at the station that you could rescue. It was pretty intense. Sometimes you would be in the middle of a firefight against the aliens/alien dogs/creatures only to have one of your team members behind you turn into one of those things as well. Or sometimes have team members attack each other or you because they do not trust you or someone else in the team. You could also kill one of your team members, but if they turned out to be human the rest of the team would start shooting at you. The ending was totally worth the price of admission, as it ties into the movie.
Get yourself a copy for cheap (can probably find it for about $5-10). You can thank me later.