They Live

They Live

John Carpenter (1988)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This cheerful knockabout salute to the alien invasion sci-fi movies of the 1950s marked a return to his B-movie roots for John Carpenter. Wrestler-turned-actor Roddy Piper is the working-class hero who, on finding a special pair of sunglasses, discovers that alien-like creatures appear to have taken over Los Angeles and are controlling the remaining human residents with subliminal advertising. There's a nicely relaxed feel to Carpenter's direction and he keeps the action roaring along, stopping only to take a few satirical swipes at yuppie life. Piper handles the action scenes better than he deals with dialogue, but he is well supported by Keith David and Meg Foster.


A drifter arrives in Los Angeles seeking work, only to discover the city's population is being dominated by aliens who control their victims through subliminal advertising. John Carpenter's satirical sci-fi adventure, starring Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster.

Cast & Crew

Nada Roddy Piper
Frank Keith David
Holly Meg Foster
Drifter George Flower
Gilbert Peter Jason
Director John Carpenter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Oct 2018