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They Live 1988

  • John Carpenter
  • November 23, 1988
  • 94 mins
  • English
  • Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Who are they? And what do they want?
Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.


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Spoiler Alert2016-07-15T16:57:05+02:00— updated 2016-07-17T03:09:12+02:00

Cool film. Given a little too much relevance today thanks to conspiracy theorists looking for movies that 'warn us' and what not. Yes it's about sheeple and those in control and I like that.
The film is fun and really comes to life when the glasses are worn. I'd have liked the They Live world to be bigger than some black and white signs, but they did the job and it didn't venture any deeper. It felt like a quick idea executed well. The fight scene was a bit long near the end. It slowed the movie down to the point where I wondered if it was ever going to end and what fun scene could have been made to take its place?

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The cult film They Live by John Carpenter. Despite the cheesy soundtrack and the fact that the main character is played by a pro wrestler, the social and political commentary in this movie are amazing. The concept's so good: now Republican logic finally make sense when you pass them off as aliens trying to take over the planet. It's an entertaining movie that makes some great statements on society for anybody paying attention, and I bet you didn't know this line didn't originally come from Duke Nukem either:
"I have come here to chew bubble gum, and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubble gum." Check it out!

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I really like the concept of this. It's one of those topics that linger in our human minds long after seeing the film. I like the added sunglasses touch to contacts, and oh man that extended fight scene was the longest. Just when you thought it was over, they just keep on swinging, haha. Then jumping through portals which was very well shot, kudos John Carpenter. The music however could groove up a bit. The Blu-ray release from Scream Factory is definitely a must own. It would be interesting to see how this would fair in a modern take.

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