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.
Halloween
In the Mouth of Madness
Prince of Darkness
The Thing
Vampires
Village of the Damned

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

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