They Live

Synopsis: Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): John Carpenter
Production: MCA/Universal Pictures
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

- Till four in the morning?

- We care for a lot of people here.

The sleeping middle-class

is suddenly becoming poor.

We are their cattle.

We are being bred for slavery.

- Not again.

- We cannot break their signal.

The signal must be shut off

at the source.

- I have a headache.

- Me too, honey.

- What was that all about?

- That idiot's licking his nuts again.


There's nothing wrong with it.

Only a few seconds got on the air.

Forget about breaking their signal.

They justjam us out again.

- Put the shipment out on the street.

- It won't work. We've discussed this.

We have no other choice.

Robbing banks. Making our own lenses.

We just can't reach enough people.

We've got to find strong people

who'll work with us.

I'm just leaving. Your door was open.

I just thought I'd close it.

- Neighborhood watch.

- Let me touch your face.

Now your hands.

You're a working man.

The revolution...

- Let me show you.

- Maybe some other time.

This world may have blinded me,

but the Lord let me see.

You'll be back.

I've been hearing stuff on the street.

Weird stuff.

An epidemic of violence

is what they're saying.

I was talking

to one old boy from San Anselmo.

He says up there they're talking

end-of-the-world kind of stuff.

- What are they doing?

- Shooting people, robbing banks.

A whole lot of people going crazy

over some nutty dream they just had.

The truth is, this kind of shit

happens at the end of every century.

It's just people

afraid to face the future.

What's happening?

I was inside there. It's full of boxes

and some kind of lab setup.

- What do you mean?

- The singing is a tape recording.

Leave it alone, man.

It's none of our business.

Gilbert is in there helping them.

I've got ajob now.

I just keep walking the white line.

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John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, musician, and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.Most films of Carpenter's career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter's films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), and In the Mouth of Madness (1995). He returned to the Halloween franchise as both composer and executive producer for the horror sequel Halloween (2018). Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of his films' music; some of them are now well-known, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). Carpenter has released three studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998 (2017). more…

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