A rare left-leaning Hollywood film from the Reagan era, John Carpenter's THEY LIVE is an erratically amusing throwback to the science-fiction paranoia films of the 1950s. Set in Los Angeles in the near future, the movie shows a society in which the rich have gotten richer while the
middle class has eroded and the ranks of the poor and homeless have swelled (sound familiar?). A construction worker called John Nada (professional wrestler Roddy Piper) stumbles on some unusual sunglasses. When he looks through their lenses, he can see what advertising, television shows, and even
paper currency are really
saying; even scarier, the glasses expose the legions of br...