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Director: John Carpenter
Year: 1988
Duration: 94mins
Country: USA
Rating: 18

30th Anniversary Screening

They Live - Generator - 1988 - USA - 18

Carpenter's 1988 paranoid freakout, deserves to be thought of as a masterpiece. It's a cheesy but lovable movie about a working-class hero ("Rowdy" Roddy Piper), struggling to find work in a harshly class-riven Los Angeles. He discovers, after slipping on a pair of special sunglasses, that the city’s abundant population of yuppies are aliens. It's that simple: Yuppies are aliens.

He slips on the glasses and billboards become bold-text messages. A bikini-clad woman is replaced by "MARRY AND REPRODUCE." Magazine racks exhort us to "CONSUME" and "OBEY." A wad of bills in a vendor's han d says "THIS IS YOUR GOD." Nothing can prepare you for this sequence. Brooklyn author Jonathan Lethem, a huge They Live fan, has called it "10 minutes of cognitive dissonance as sublime as anything in the history of paranoid cinema."

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