The opening title exactly duplicates the original Howard Hawks film. To create the effect of the title, an animation cell with 'The Thing' written on it was placed behind a fish tank filled with smoke that was covered with a plastic garbage bag.
This movie has become part of the culture in Antarctica. It is a long standing tradition in all British Antarctic research stations to watch The Thing (1982) as part of their Midwinter feast and celebration held every June 21.
There has been a debate among fans whether or not that Blair’s computer program’s projection on the Thing is actually accurate since it certainly isn’t accurate in the sense that a biologist would not be working on computer animations as part of his investigations, especially under the pressing circumstances like we see in the film. This scene is obviously meant to be an aid to the audience to understand the Thing’s life-cycle, not a realistic portrayal of a biologist’s studies. And how well does the simulation work, unfortunately, it leads to more questions than answers.
When the glow face poster for The Thing was shown to John Carpenter after the disastrous previews they felt it was the final nail in the coffin and were utterly crestfallen by it. It was presented as a take it or leave it option and John felt after striving to get away from the Man in a suit horror trope their poster showed… a man in a suit. John Carpenter thought it made the film look like a slasher movie and commented ‘They should have just painted a bloody knife in his hand.’