Saturday, March 29, 2008

They Live


You know what? John Carpenter is a really good director. How many great movies does he have to make before you accept this simple truth?

They Live's plot is deceptively simple, especially if you've seen The Matrix or listened to the Art Bell Show. It seems that weird semihuman aliens are living among us and they can only be seen if you put on these sunglasses. Then you also get to see the messages everywhere to CONFORM and STAY ASLEEP and MARRY AND REPRODUCE. It's a keen effect, and it allows for lines like "You ain't the first son of a bitch to wake up out of their dream."

This like, of course, is delivered by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who was one of my favorite WWF wrestlers. Hulk Hogan would have been nothing without him! So my favorite parts of the movie are when he drops his "normal guy" persona and starts expostulating angrily, because nobody can act crazy like "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

Oh, and there's the fight scene. I think it's kind of silly, but if they want to have a twelve-minute fight scene in the middle of their movie, who am I to argue? I'm a little disappointed there was no eye-poke, though.

By coincidence, this movie was just featured on The AV Club's New Cult Canon.

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