They Live (1988)

Description[from Freebase]

They Live is a 1988 American science fiction-horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym Frank Armitage (this is also the name of one of the characters in the movie). Part science fiction horror and part dark comedy, the film echoed contemporary fears of a declining economy, within a culture of greed and conspicuous consumption common among Americans. The film follows a nameless drifter referred to as "Nada", who discovers the ruling class within the moneyed elite are in fact aliens managing human social affairs through the use of a signal on top of the TV broadcast, concealing their appearance and subliminal messages in mass media. A nameless unemployed drifter, referred to as "Nada" (Roddy Piper), finds construction work in Los Angeles where fellow worker Frank Armitage (Keith David) takes him to a local shantytown for food and rest.

Review

He has come here to chew bubble gum, and kick ass. And he’s all out of bubble gum.

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper rules as a nameless drifter who discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see The Truth: That earth is being run by aliens disguised as humans. He joins with a band of vigilantes to knock their V-like systems into oblivion. Extremely clever and very well produced technically. Piper is easily the star of the show, making They Live Carpenter’s best film — I don’t care what you say.

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