They Live

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see through an alien barrier.
Slapstick Gore
So Bad It's Good
Creature Feature

 

United States
1988
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Alien Film
Government: 
Politician
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Explosion
Dimensional: 
Teleporter
Robot: 
Drone
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You'll see through this one!
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5.04
6
7.04
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3
3
Effects
Dialogue
Plot
In They Live, John Carpenter widens the gap between rich and poor in his very own way. The rich are aliens that can be detected when a special kind of sunglasses is worn. Of course, if you, as a viewer, are wealthy and successful, then this film is irrelevent. Carpenter himself represents the one percent, so this film more or less comes from the heart. Regardless, it’s a damn good story!
It's very masculine. It’s rough around the edges. It makes no sense. It feels like it was written and directed by a raging teenager. It contains one of the most pointless and lenghty fight scenes in horror film history, between two protagonists, no less, and it pulls no punches when it come to killing aliens. Everything great about They Live is gratuitous.
The alien make-up looks amazing. They’re the kind of design you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Carpenter could’ve gone for the classic extra-terrestrial look, but he aimed for something unique and scarier instead. Most visuals, in fact, are dead on. The practical effects, sounds and photography are reminiscent of 1950s horror science-fiction.
Alternate Titles: 
John Carpenter's They Live
They Live!
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