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, Rovi
This movie spawned that amazing tagline-"I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of bubble gum."
This is an amazing movie, very campy, but it is John Carpenter at his finest. The storyline is simple enough to follow, the character is understandable, and the ending is amazing.
Classic B-Movie stuff. Entertaining, decent plot, decent acting. I hadn't seen it in years and wasn't disappointed. Loved Keith David in The Thing and thought this was another good role for him (he's had some less than stellar parts). After about the tenth renewal of the Piper/David fight, I wanted to yell "Just put on the damn glasses already". Meg Foster has the coolest eyes, but looking at them, you just know she's gonna stab you in the back sometime.
This was not one of Carpenter's best movies Roddy Pipper should stick to Wrestling because he was awful. I thought this was B movie at best. Not one of the best horror movies of all time which some would like to claim.
A minimally entertaining movie with action and sci-fi elements. Could have been much better if it plot contained more depth and development and there was more unity among the rest of the characters, besides the main actor. Ending was unfortunate and even though it was on a positive note, nothing really triumped in the end. This movie is overrated on this site and is not that great.
Movie is worth seeing, but definitely not Carpenter's best. The suspense is there at the beginning, as per his usual style - but the movie derails somewhere along the way...right about the fight scene, I'd say...worth tossing into your rental queue though.
Like many of Carpenter's movies, you start out with an interesting idea but it never fully materializes in the end. Things just don't progress and you wait for something enlightening to happen, but it never does. And so goes, 'They Live'. BUT... there are classic moments in this movie, and it is worth the rent. And big street cred if you OWN it. Rowdy Roddy Piper has a 10+ min fight scene! It was so good they copied it in a South Park episode. Good social commentary, bad execution. Certainly no "Thing" or "Christine".