John Carpenter's "The Thing" is arguably his best film. Unfortunately, it didn't do well at the box office and started a failure cascade in his career that he still hasn't recovered from. That's sad considering the massive following the film gained on home video, a fanbase large enough to motivate the same studio system that wrote off the original to move forward with a prequel.
More than a few critics have called the film Lovecraftian simply because it features a monstrous creature with flailing tentacles. A few have even recognized that it plays with the same themes of the alien other and contamination that Lovecraft explored. I'd go a step further and say it serves as an interesting sequel to "At the Mountains of Madness". I'm not alone in that feeling, since the leaked script for Del Toro's ATMOM seems to owe more than a small debt of inspiration to "The Thing".
All that leads up to this nicely done fan project, an extremely limited edition patch for Outpost 31, the film's setting.
Here are some other takes on the same subject matter from another thread in the same forum.