78- #DLMChallenge “They Live”

For #78 of the #DLMChallenge #365moviesin365days on May 8th I watched: They Live.

This is one of those films that holds up amazingly well over the years even though at the time, it didn’t appear to have any legs.

They Live is a social commentary of the news-media and popular culture’s stranglehold on the population’s attention. And that trend is alarmingly more pronounced in today’s “always-connected” lifestyle.

I almost wish it was aliens controlling us, it would seem to make more sense.

Rowdy Roddy Piper was never an actor, but he fits this role perfectly. He comes into town and quickly discovers some odd events taking place. Eventually, he finds a pair of sunglasses that, when worn, can see the alien creatures hiding out under human forms.

Loved this movie and recommend it to anyone who loves John Carpenter or even the works of Paul Verhoeven and his social commentary films such as RoboCop or Starship Troopers.

Main Crew:

Cinematographer: Gary B. Kibbe (Fletch [Second Unit], Escape From L.A.)

Based on a short story by: Ray Nelson (Eight O’Clock in the Morning)

Screenplay Written & Directed by: John Carpenter (Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York)

Main Cast:

Roddy Piper (WWF [Now WWE], Jungleground)

Keith David (Gargoyles, There’s Something About Mary)

Peter Jason (Adaptation, Mortal Kombat)

Meg Foster (Masters of the Universe, The Lords of Salem)

George “Buck” Flower (Back to the Future, Back to the Future II)

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