Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued. Written by
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Another project in which John Carpenter was involved in around 1988 and 1989, after he finished They Live, was action thriller titled Pincushion. Script for the film was written by screenwriter John Raffo and later version of the script was co-written by Jeb Stuart, who wrote the screenplay for Die Hard (1988) a year before, and Carpenter also worked on the script. The script was described as "female version of The Road Warrior (1981)". The plot of the script took place in post apocalyptic America suffering a plague after a biological disaster, and it was about female mercenary whose job is to take a child cross-country to an emergency medical research center but she only has few days to deliver him, which makes her job race against the time. The boy - the title "pincushion"- had his blood medically altered at birth to develop into a vaccine against the plague. In the course of protecting the boy, female mercenary battles the minions of a corrupt military leader who wants custody of the boy for financial and political gain, and all the other enemies that she encounters along the way.
Carpenter was going to make the film for Columbia Pictures and he wanted Jamie Lee Curtis to play the main role, but Columbia producers wanted to cast singer Cher because of the contract they had with her, and once Cher was hired she and producers fired Carpenter and had the script re-written by other writers, only for entire project to end up being cancelled. Carpenter said in later interviews how Pincushion and another unproduced script, action zombie horror Shadow Company, are two films which he regrets he never got to make. Over the following years Pincushion script was being sold and bought by many movie studios who kept trying to get the movie made by having script re-written many times by other writers, directors such as John Woo and Rob Cohen were considered to direct the film, and actresses like Sharon Stone, Demi Moore and Madonna were considered to play the main heroine. The film however was never made, but even today the original script is considered by many people in movie industry to be one of the best unproduced movie scripts ever written. See more »
When the money, from Nada's point of view, changes from regular bills to the "THIS IS YOUR GOD" bills, the folds in the paper are different and there is one less bill. See more »
You know, you look like your head fell in the cheese dip back in 1957.
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I remember first seeing They Live when I was 10 and I totally fell in love with this film. How could a ten year old not? There's wrestlers, aliens and a plot to take over the world. My friends and I quoted this film for weeks on end with the Bubble gum and kicking @$$ line being a favourite among all. The only real complaint that I have about the film is that the aliens when finally revealed are far too human. They basically look like a skeleton with bug eyes. Not a whole lot of energy seemed to go into their design. While They Live will never be remembered as a film that redefined the way films were made, it still to this day holds a place in my heart as one of the films that just defines your youth. It is fun, action packed and has just enough cool storyline to keep you interested from start to finish.
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