Director: John Carpenter Run Time: 94 min. Release Year: 1988
Starring: George Buck Flower, Keith David, Meg Foster, Peter Jason, Roddy Piper
Nada, a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and 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.
“John Carpenter’s They Live has cult favorite written all over it, and part of the reason is the way it regenerates the cheap, juicy, surprisingly potent sci-fi of the 1950s.” ~ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
“The joke is in the material; the idea itself is funny and daring. And some time soon, They Live suggests, with grim, knowing wink, the joke may be on us.” ~ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
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