John Carpenter's They Live

Rated R 93 minutes 1988

John Carpenter wrote and directed this science fiction thriller about a group of aliens who try to take over the world by disguising themselves as Young Republicans. Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as John Nada, a drifted who makes his way into an immense encampment for the homeless. There he stumbles upon a conspiracy concerning aliens who have hypnotized the populace through subliminal messages transmitted through television, magazines, posters, and movies. When Nada looks through special Ray-Bans developed by the resistance leaders, the aliens lose their clean-cut Dan Quayle looks and resemble crusty-looking reptiles. Nada joins the underground, teaming up with rebel-leader Frank (Keith David) to eradicate the lizard-like aliens from the body politic.~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: Ray Nelson

Producer: Larry J. Franco

Cast: Roddy Piper, Meg Foster, Keith David, George 'Buck' Flower and Peter Jason

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