Rewind: Revisiting 'They Live'
With all the Secret Invasion stuff going on in Marvel books right now, when I stumbled across John Carpenter's They Live (1988) tonight it was impossible to resist. The plot is similar to the numerous they-hide-among-us works of fiction, with a little 1984-style authoritarianism in the mix as well. They Live, however, has a few extra things in its favor:
1. It stars 1980s pro wrestling superstar "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
2. He is all out of bubblegum.
3. Two construction workers do what Iron Man could not. In, like, two days.
4. Bitchin' sunglasses.
5. COMPLETELY AWESOME 6+ MINUTE STREET FIGHT.
No wonder critics love it.