They Live

Released on: 04 Nov 1988 • Rated: R • Runtime: 94 min

Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Ray Nelson, John Carpenter
Actors: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster

Plot: They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They live.

Box Office Gross: $13,008,928

Awards: 4 nominations








Ok, so you know that clothing brand OBEY? Bet you didn’t know that it was inspired by this movie. Truth. They Live is a tale, directed by John Carpenter, that follows a wanderer named Nada (strange name, I know), played by none other than Rowdy Roddy Piper of 1980s WWF fame. (World Wrestling Federation, not World Wildlife Fund).

Our hero, Nada, happens upon a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the aliens that live among us and the subliminal messaging they use to keep us in our place. After finding the glasses, Nada teams up with the rebels who are preparing to infiltrate and destroy the aliens. Will they be successful? I’m not going to spoil it for you because this is a film you have to see to believe.

My favorite part of this film is a scene where Piper and David duke it out for what seems like an eternity. I’m not sure if Piper was chosen as the lead because of his acting ability or his WWF “acting” experience, but the fight scene is hilariously long.

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