i cant believe i never saw this till now. how did i miss this in the 80's? it was pretty great. kinda like the original alien in a lot of ways but not cinematic enough. and a bit cheesier. (esp the music) but i really enjoyed it. super excited about the prequel that's coming out. and i need to relisten to this podcast (http://escapepod.org/2011/06/23/ep298-the-things/) where the story is told from the alien's point of view. which is also a pretty amazing thing.