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Director: John Carpenter

Writers: Ray Nelson, John Carpenter

Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster

They Live (1988) – IMDb

This piece was recommended to me by Professor Pepe (@PP) on the social network

It is a John Carpenter piece, which does bring with it a level of expectation – since he is considered one of the Masters of Horror. Made in 1988, it will make a lot of people pine for the days of the mullet. It seems to echo sentiments that you hear today – that racial justice, equality are being forgotten, that we’re being brainwashed by the media today. That everyone is being selfish and it’s tearing the country apart – of course, who these people are are hard to tell… and I’m not going to!

To think that simple objects begin so many stories… in this case, a pair of sunglasses allows a man to really see for what could be considered the first time. Of course, much like a dog seeing a rainbow, he has a hard time coming to terms with what it is he’s seeing. Worse, trying to explain it to others is near impossible.

While I don’t feel the movie was scary in traditional terms, in comparison to current day life it is scary… And shows as a culture Americans have a long standing fear of others trying to control us.

So in the end, while weak on horror, They Live is high in interest, giving this movie a 3 horror kitties rating.

three bloody kitten rating