Area 314- They Live
Have you ever looked at someone before and knew that something just wasn’t right about them? Or watched a show that felt like it was subliminally reaching out to you? Maybe you’ve bought something in the checkout line because of an impulse and then later wondered why. Day to day exercises become repetitive and uniformed. We all tend to fall in line. We all OBEY.
They Live, to me, seems to be one of those movies that seems timeless. Look at how many people today have replaced newspapers with online reviews. Some live only to check their phones, put it in their pockets, and take it right back out to check it again. I mean consider how much of our personal information is up in the metaphorical cloud. Too much. We’re made to feel safe because we think we’re in control of our own lives. When really, it is our fascination that has become our downfall.
Roddy Piper as Nada in this movie made it so much more enticing for me to watch initially. Being a huge fan, I couldn’t have wished for more at the peak of my love for all things wrestling and aliens. Carpenter just gets me. The feel that this movie got from having someone from a different background with Piper, and mainstream actors like Keith David and Meg Foster, was very unique. It really shows how great story telling will show itself on the page with any amount of acting background.
John Carpenter’s They Live is one of my favorites from the ‘80s. Seeing it years after its release, it spoke to me at a young age. It gave me important life lessons that I still feel today. Like always bring extra bubblegum to a fight in case you’re all out of that kick ass mentality. Don’t care so damn much about money, the ultimate high power. And of course, learn to disobey the so-called natural order and live for one another, not for them. But maybe that’s what they want us to feel. Maybe we’re all brainwashed…
“They are dismantling the sleeping middle class. More and more people are becoming poor. We are their cattle. We are being bred for slavery.”