They Live (1988) Poster



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Back Again (2014) (Short)
Characters and scene is recreated and referenced


The A-Team (1983) (TV Series)
Underground tunnel guard: "It's a win, man ! We've got to meet the A-Team !"
Repo Man (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The communicators that the guards use are the P.K.E. meters from the earlier film.
Siskel & Ebert (1986) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (1991) (Video Game)
Bart's X-ray specs allow him to see aliens.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I have come here to chew sushi and kick butt, and I'm all out of sushi."
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Super Specs (1992) (TV Episode)
this episode is inspired of this movie
Flashback: The Quest for Identity (1992) (Video Game)
Aliens are disguised as normal people in this game
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Clint, in a twist on the famous bubble gum line, says, "I only came here to do two things tonight: drink some beer and kick some ass. Looks like we're almost out of beer."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Crow
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Santa: "I'm here to eat candy canes and kick ass. And I'm all out of candy canes."
Duke Nukem 3D (1996) (Video Game)
"It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And I'm all out of bubblegum."
3rd Rock from the Sun: Hotel Dick (1996) (TV Episode)
The movie poster is on the wall at the sci-fi convention.
Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997) (Video Game)
The Brotherhood soldiers who accompany you to the mutant military base will sometimes say "I've come to kick ass and chew bubble gum and I'm all out of bubble gum", a line from They Live.
The Matrix (1999)
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
A kid at the theme park wears a "They Live" T-shirt.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Aliens create illusory reality to enslave mankind, and are polluting the Earth's atmosphere to make it like their own planet's.
Will & Grace: Ben? Her?: Part 1 (2000) (TV Episode)
Grace tells Jack, "Do whatever you want, 'cause today I'm handing out lollipops and ass whoopings, and I'm all out of lollipops."
Farscape: Season of Death (2001) (TV Episode)
Before Scorpius gets his "ass kicked" John chews a piece of bubblegum referencing the famous quote from They Live "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I'm all out of bubblegum."
Retarded Animal Babies (2003) (Video)
Animal babies finds sunglasses that allow them to see aliens.
Spartan (2004)
An officer in Spartan: "I've got two things for you boys. That's a stiff dick and bubble gum. And guess what: I'm all out of bubble gum."
Corpses Are Forever (2004) (Video)
One character says, "You remember that John Carpenter movie, 'They Live'?", then describes the final scene.
Lightning Bug (2004)
The Fangoria magazine mentions the film.
Freddy vs Ghostbusters (2004) (Short)
The bubble gum line is quoted.
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Guitar Hero (2005) (Video Game)
Axel Steel's profile spoofs the bubble gum line.
Horror Business (2005) (Video)
DVD case is shown.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Simpsons (2007) (TV Episode)
James mentions that one of the enemies resembles the monsters in "They Live".
WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2008 (2007) (Video Game)
Roddy Piper says "I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, but im all out of bubblegum".
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Open reference by a character.
WWE Legends of WrestleMania (2009) (Video Game)
Jerry Lawler says that Roddy Piper told him that he was gonna "chew bubblegum and kick butt, but he was all out of bubblegum"
MythBusters: Bottle Bash (2010) (TV Episode)
"Mr Hyneman says it's time to bash some heads in and chew some gum. And he's fresh out of gum."
The IT Crowd: The Final Countdown (2010) (TV Episode)
Moss's line concerning his drinking milk and kicking ass and him "having just run out of milk".
Midnight Movie Review: Halloween Horror Top 25, nr. 7: Cigarette Burns (2010) (TV Episode)
In overview on John Carpenter's career.
Special Collector's Edition: Masters del universo (2011) (TV Episode)
Meg Foster movie mentioned
Duke Nukem Forever (2011) (Video Game)
On-screen captions during the opening credits, "It's Time To Kick Ass And Chew Bubble Cum..." "And I'm All Outta Gum."
Live Free or Die Hard (Project 12, 8/12) (2011) (Short)
Imagery from the film appears in this short
Breaking In: The Contra Club (2012) (TV Episode)
Veronica quotes a line from the movie
Futurama: The Thief of Baghead (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Bender
Stand Up Guys (2012)
The characters repeately reference a line from They Live: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum. "
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (2012) (TV Episode)
another '80s movie Rolfe laments not getting to review this year
Frankenstein's Hungry Dead (2013)
One of the aliens from They Live is seen as a wax statue.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Titans Retrospective: Titans #26-#50 (2013) (TV Episode)
"Basically it's the plot of "They Live", only without Roddy Piper and...lamer."
How I Met Your Mother: Something Old (2013) (TV Episode)
Ted says he's "Here to pack boxes and chew bubble-gum"
The World's End (2013)
The blanks' plan for conformity and their methods of congregation echo the aliens in John Carpenter's film.
Saints Row IV (2013) (Video Game)
Mission title "He Lives" is a reference to this movie.
He Lives: Interview with John Carpenter (2013) (Short)
documentary about this film
Adventure Time: The Red Throne (2014) (TV Episode)
The fight between Flame King and Flame Lord is a nod to the fight scene in the John Carpenter film; the characters are voiced by the actors from said film
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.17 (2015) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "World of Wrestling Entertainment" category
Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard (2015)
Quoted in dialogue


Featured in 

Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Excerpts appear in the film.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Monsters vs Aliens/The Haunting in Connecticut/12 Rounds (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during the Wrestlers Turned Actors segment
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)
John Carpenter mentions it. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Movie Nights: Hell Comes to Frogtown (2012) (TV Episode)
Lupa states how she dislikes this movie
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)
discusion on ideology
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Nightbeast (2012) (TV Episode)
compares fight scenes
He Lives: Interview with John Carpenter (2013) (Short)
shows clips from
Bad Movie Beatdown: Shepherd (2013) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: They Live (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed

Spoofed in 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Putty on the Brain (1994) (TV Episode)
The plot is a spoof on the 1988 John Carpenter film.
South Park: Cripple Fight (2001) (TV Episode)
The cripple fight between Timmy and Jimmy is a parody of the fight between Nada and Frank.
Retarded Animal Babies (2003) (Video)
Episode RAB12 parodies the movie.
Family Guy: No Chris Left Behind (2007) (TV Episode)
The fight between Peter and the giant chicken spoofs the long fight between Nada and Frank.
The Neighbor and the Beer (2011) (Video)
The tagline spoofs Roddy Piper's character, Nada's famous line, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."
Saints Row IV (2013) (Video Game)
The Mission "He Lives"

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