HEAVY MIDNITES: They Live (25th Anniversary screening!)

If you think the people on the street and on TV are just like you, you’re wrong — dead wrong! John Carpenter’s sci-fi stunner turns 25 this year, and today it remains both just as politically relevant and smack-down, drag-out entertaining as ever. Wrestling legend Roddy Piper stars as the iconic no-named drifter freshly wandering on the streets of Los Angeles. A cool addition to this working-class wardrobe are a newfound pair of hyper-advanced sunglasses that (conveniently) also allows him to see the subliminal conspiracy hiding behind seemingly harmless billboards everywhere, and the formaldehyde-faced alien creepies living among us. Those are some badass sunglasses. Working at the peak of his ‘80s dexterity, Carpenter is out to chew bubblegum and kick ass, assembling a dream team cast (The Rowdy One, The Thing’s Keith David, steel-eyed Meg Foster) while firing on all cylinders to craft a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, pre-Shepard Fairey critique on consumer culture. Featuring a legendary five-minute bare-knuckled street fight, a pounding Alan Howarth score, and more Rowdy one-liners than WrestleMania V, They Live is balls-out cult flick fun for the ages.
Dir. John Carpenter, 1988, 35mm, 94 min.

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