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They Live

1998

Film: They Live

Creator: John Carpenter, Ray Nelson

Recollections...

Wear the Sunglasses!arrow icon

22, at Uni. Saw it in the Tottenham Court Odeon on Mondays because it was cheap.
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OBEY!arrow icon

Probably as a drunken teenager.
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All out of bubblegumarrow icon

Video,and a dodgy version at that.
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In Depth

They Live

Aliens use advertising to take over humanity.

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.

Work nominated by gideonr.

Text Radio Times/ BBC Worldwide

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