If Bernie Sanders had become a movie director instead of a Senator, then They Live would have been his film. They Live is an incredibly bad 1988 horror movie with a strong Socialist message. However, like a lot bad horror films it is really fun to watch. In fact, over the years it has developed its own cult following.
The movie stars professional wrestler rowdy Roddy Piper as an unemployed construction worker just trying to get by. Times are hard, unemployment is massive and tent cities of homeless people are growing.
Then one day Roddy finds a pair of sunglasses and when he puts them on he sees the world as it really is. It turns out that aliens from another planet are living among us disguised as humans. The aliens are controlling everything. They have chosen a small group of cooperating humans to make rich and powerful, while the rest of the humans suffer.
There is a resistance movement which is manufacturing the sunglasses so that people can see the truth. Roddy, being the hero of the film, ends up joining the resistance.
The movie has everything that makes bad horror films so great. There is a ridiculous plot, bizarre looking aliens, gory fight scenes , and corny one-liners. Of course, being 1988 there is also gratuitous nudity, with Cibby Danyla having no purpose in the movie other that to show off her naked breasts.
Roddy’s love interest in the film is Meg Foster, who is known for her astoundingly beautiful blue eyes. She has become quite a famous actress since They Live, but her start was as a sunglasses-wearing Alien killer.
The surprising part of the film is that Roddy Piper actually does a good job as an actor. However this is the only movie he ever did. Unfortunately Roddy died in July 2015 at the age of 61. He was know among all the wrestlers as a great guy who was always a lot of fun to work with.
So during this political season, you may want to have some fun watching a horror film that tries to beat the audience over the head with a political message. According to They Live, we are not being paranoid. There really is a small group of rich people that control the whole world. There also really is an alien menace threatening our way of live. However, these aliens did not come from across the border, but from across the universe.
- We give They Live Three Stars ***
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