John Carpenter’s They Live – What’s the Difference?

John Carpenter’s They Live – What’s the Difference?

by | Oct 29, 2020

John Carpenter’s They Live is a classic sci-fi thriller that holds no punches. The late Roddy Piper stars as a drifter arriving in L.A. only to discovers that society is being dominated by aliens. The creatures human disguises and subliminal advertising can only be seen through specially made sunglasses which leads Piper on a wild mission to save mankind. The tale started life as a short story in 1963, then leapt to comic and eventually film in 1988.
CineFix jumps onboard this train for journey into L.A. and Aliens, as the youtube channel looks at how the story has changed from medium to medium. So, grab yourself some sunglasses, make sure you have plenty of bubblegum (you don’t want to tun out) and enjoy John Carpenter’s They Live – What’s the Difference?


John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic They Live is essential viewing as a middle finger to greed and capitalism run amok and it’s as relevant today as it’s ever been. The story of Rowdy Roddy Piper’s Nada waking up to the subliminal messages that have kept the ruling class in power is pure B-movie brilliance. But how did Carpenter expand Ray Nelson’s VERY short story into an 80’s sci-fi satire? It’s time to ask, What’s the Difference?



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