A return to his B-movie roots for John Carpenter, this is a cheerful knockabout salute to the alien invasion sci-fi movies of the fifties.
Wrestler-turned-actor Roddy Piper is the working-class hero who finds a special pair of sunglasses. Putting them on, he discovers that alien-like creatures appear to have taken over Los Angeles and are controlling the remaining residents with subliminal advertising.
There's a nicely relaxed feel to Carpenter's direction and he keeps the action roaring along, stopping only to take a few satirical swipes at yuppy life. Piper handles the action scenes better that he deals with dialogue, but he is well suported by Keith David and Meg Foster.
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