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They Live

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Director: John Carpenter

Actors: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster


A drifter named Nada arrives in Los Angeles looking for work, embodying the plight of the economic downtrodden during the 1980s. He finds employment on a construction site, where he befriends a fellow worker named Frank. The two develop a bond over shared financial struggles and societal disenchantment. Nada's curiosity is piqued when he notices strange happenings at a small church across the street from the shantytown where he lives. His discovery of the church’s unusual activity leads him to a pair of sunglasses hidden in a wall, an item that drastically alters his perception of the world. Upon donning the glasses, Nada is shocked to find they reveal a starkly different reality: the upper echelons of society are composed of hideous creatures covertly controlling humanity.

Armed with this sobering knowledge, Nada confronts a world where billboards, magazines, and television broadcasts hide subliminal messages intended to keep the population subdued and consumeristic. Determined to expose the truth, he embarks on a one-man mission to resist the powerful forces that manipulate society from the shadows. Despite his efforts to convince others, few are willing to believe or accept the horrifying reality; even his friend Frank is skeptical of the extraordinary claims. As Nada struggles to find an ally in his fight against the alien oppressors, he delves deeper into the mystery, confronting the vast and insidious network that sustains the alien control.


Writers: Ray Nelson, John Carpenter

Release Date: 04 Nov 1988

Runtime: 94 min

Rating: R

Country: United States

Language: English


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Score: 91

They Live

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