They Live (1988)

Michael Tanner joins us this week to review 1988’s They Live. John Carpenter wrote and directed this cult classic. They Live is based on Ray Nelson’s short story, “Eight O’Clock in the Morning”. It stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster.

The movie debuted #1 in North America in its first week, but it received mostly negative reviews. The film was heavily criticized for its social commentary, but later enjoyed a cult following. This seems to be a pattern with early John Carpenter films. Most notably, the movie has entered pop-culture and has influenced street art.

“Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued. He discovers that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.”

Michael Tanner

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