The untold truth of They Live
As John Carpenter's 1988 sci-fi/horror opus They Live approaches the 30th anniversary of its release, it's amazing to note how relevant the film's themes continue to be. A scathing indictment of capitalism and the culture of greed masquerading as a B monster movie about invading aliens, They Live featured professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as Nada, a homeless laborer whose world is turned upside down when he finds a box of special sunglasses that allow the wearer to see the truth. Namely, that subliminal messaging prompting us to "CONFORM" and "OBEY" is all around us, that our complacency in the face of exploitation and injustice is literally being beamed into our brains, and that many members of upper-crust society are not at all what they seem.
The film is one of Carpenter's greatest works and even more vital now than it was 30 years ago. As such, we're taking a close look at some of the interesting details that even hardcore Carpenter fans may not know about They Live.