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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The alien at the magazine stand gets his change twice. See more »
You, you're okay. This one: real fuckin' ugly.
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The screenplay writer for "They Live" which is credited to "Frank Armitage", does not exist. John Carpenter used many pseudonyms when giving credit to his works in films. With his vast amount of work that he did himself, (directing, producing, writing and composing the musical scores), he did not want to appear to be braggadocios and vain by having his name appear over and over in the credits of his movies. See more »
Ever wonder why people line up in droves to follow the latest fad? What causes us to scurry about like ants, or conform like willing slaves? Why do we obey and consume like mindless drones? The answer is right here in THEY LIVE.
Director John Carpenter strips off the facade, and shows us the ugly truth. A secret invasion force has crept in and assumed control, having inserted themselves among us as we marched blindly along. Now, posing as "normal" human beings, these impostors hold positions at the highest levels of government! This certainly explains the synthetic nature of politics, doesn't it?
Now, subliminal messages hidden in the constant din of commercials have hypnotized us into walking trances, and made us easy prey. We are finished!
THEY are everywhere! THEY are our true masters!
This movie captures both the paranoia and dark humor of a society tamed and controlled by alien overlords, without even knowing it. Roddy Piper plays the working stiff who accidentally uncovers the conspiracy behind everyday life.
So, grab some sunglasses and look around. THEY have been here for a very long time...
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