A down-and-out traveller discovers a pair of sunglasses which let him see through the illusions aliens have been using to control mankind.
With overtones of the manipulation of the everyman, I would easily put this movie in the same class as Nineteen Eighty-Four. However, the otherwise weighty impact is cushioned by comedy, great characters and a great story. Though old, this movie stands the test of time. Easily considered satirical-horror, there's much more to it.
This is, in a sense, a bubblegum movie that delivers a subtler message. It tickles the viewer's cognitive dissonance. Some viewers will easily "get it", and some will merely find it entertaining. I hope those between those two groups will be particularly intrigued.
- Based on Eight O'Clock in the Morning - (1963 short story) by Ray Nelson (archived)
- See also fnord
Buckaroo Banzai - (1984 movie) has concepts found in They Live.
- 42:40 -- The sound of breaking glass precedes the shot.
1:18:00 -- There's no way in hell they would walk into that room.
The magazine he picks up:
Stay asleep - Obey
Buy - Do not question authority
Watch T.V. - No imagination
Honor Apathy (back cover)
- (time?) -- Meg Foster, the gal who plays "Holly Thompson" is one uuugly woman. God I hate those eyes.
11:50 -- Has a "TV hacker", which is a concept used elsewhere in other movies and TV shows:
- "Eyes only" in Dark Angel - (2000 show).
41:30 -- I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum.
The dude with the watch dealie was also in Starman - (1984 movie).