These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Thing from Another World
Alternate Character Interpretation: Is the Thing the vanguard of an Alien Invasion as the soldiers speculate? Or is it a frightened being stranded alone on an alien world, viciously attacked immediately upon regaining consciousness, and justifiably working to defend itself?
One might believe that at first, but the alien had many opportunities to either leave or make it's peaceful intentions clear, it didn't.
Of course one could also argue that while he wasn't very pleseant, he most likely had no interest in actually invading earth, just a guy who crashed on the wrong planet at the wrong time.
Not to mention the team lead by Captain Pat Hendry. Are they some poor innocent shmucks who simply got caught up in a bad situation? Or are they intolerant small minded bigots that attack who and what they don't understand?
Hell Is That Noise - The ominous click-click-click of the Geiger counter as the Thing approaches.
There's also the scene where The Thing gets doused with gasoline and set ablaze, and continues to rampage around a cramped, darkened room, setting everything else on fire in the process.
Part of the problem is time. A lot of the Horror techniques we see every day were invented in this movie. In the early 50s, they were absolutely shocking. The fact that it still can give chills so many years later is a testament to how well it was done.
Narm Charm - "An intellectual carrot! The mind boggles..."