It’s close to Halloween as I write this. And Halloween always makes me think of John Carpenter. Carpenter has made some brilliant films in his past, specifically the first two Halloween movies. But this one….. this movie…… “They Live”…… is a fucking cult classic masterpiece… it may be my absolute favorite Carpenter film.
Recently, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (famous 80s pro wrestling icon) passed away, and I was reminded of this brilliant film, with how much people were sad about his passing. So many people don’t know that he was the main character in this film, or have no idea who he was, in general.
“They Live” tells the story of a guy who has recently arrived in Los Angeles, unemployed and trying to get back on his feet. He befriends a group of homeless people, who have taken shelter in an abandoned lot, located near a church. There are constant, strange broadcasts coming from half-working televisions in the lot, warning people that “we are not alone.” Occasionally, these broadcasts break through faintly, via the radio, too. The only people who seem to notice or care about this are the poor, homeless, and working-class.
Soon, our hero finds a box of sunglasses which look brand-new, and he can’t see why someone would throw away perfectly good sunglasses. As he walks around downtown Los Angeles, he notices the sunglasses completely change the way he sees the world… all of a sudden he begins to see things “as they really are.”
I can’t say much more than that, for fear of spoilers.
This movie predicted the way the world seems to be, today and now (late 2015 as I write this): how heavily we rely on gadgets and products to make us feel complete, and how advertising brainwashes us to feel like we are nothing but soulless consumers. How the people in power may really be controlling everything, including your choices and thoughts.
An absolute must-see. Seriously. Don’t sleep on this movie, EVER, in your life. You will get a serious education in under two hours, and man…. what an eye-opening education it will be. Not only is the movie brilliant, it’s also funny, violent, and carries such a powerful message, that you’ll never forget it.
It’s taken the world a while to see how brilliant this movie is… but it seems like more and more people are “getting it”, which is wonderful. Again, be sure to catch this one. It’s a perfect Halloween movie, too. Oh, and did I also mention that THIS is where the “OBEY” pop-culture thing first came from? Yes… it is.
“I have come here to chew bubblegum, and kick ass. And I’m all outta bubblegum.”