They Live

Nashville Scene

DIRECTED BY: John Carpenter

REVIEWED: 11-03-97

John Carpenter completists generally hate this slab of satiric sci-fi, but it's one of my favorite junk movies and a sure-fire Halloween rental. Hideous aliens in human disguise have infiltrated our government and our media; our only hope is drifter Rowdy Roddy Piper, whose sunglasses can see through the aliens' mind-controlling techniques. Sure it's silly, but the laugh's on us when Piper looks at a kiosk full of newsmagazines and sees only covers marked "OBEY" and "CONFORM." (The Scene uses lead-based ink to prevent such exposure.) Classic line: "I'm here to kick ass and to chew bubble gum--and I'm all out of bubble gum."

--Jim Ridley

Other Films by John Carpenter
Escape From L.A.
In the Mouth of Madness
Prince of Darkness
The Thing
Village of the Damned

Film Vault Suggested Links
Forbidden Planet
A Clockwork Orange
Gamera 2 (Gamera vs. Legion)

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