Thursday, March 27, 2008

They Live

Movie • THEY LIVE • 1988
It’s directed by John carpenter, so you know it’s not going to flat out stink; but there is a wild card that can take you either way. It stars professional wrestler Roddy Piper. He’s so deadpan, I wish he could have worn his Rowdy Roddy Piper kilt. He’s brilliant in this character. His famous line when he’s had enough will echo forever through the halls of cheesy horror, “I have come here to chew gum and kick a**… and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
There is a fight scene in this movie that lasts a full seven minutes… all because one man doesn’t want the other to make him wear a pair of sunglasses. Boys.
But these glasses are special. They help you see the alien invaders who look like people in bad Mars Attacks costumes. They make the masses obey, stay asleep, and marry and reproduce — all in the name of making us worship money or something. Roddy stumbles upon a secret rebellion (the people who made the glasses), and the plot thickens. Maybe about as thick a cold glass of chocolate milk.
Great for a laugh, I love this movie, and have seen it over and over.
I haven’t read it, but the movie is based on a short story by Ray Nelson called Eight O’Clock in the Morning.

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