They Live (1988)

532121_372880272795565_396606852_nThe 1980’s belonged to John Carpenter.
After redefining (or defining) the slasher genre with his masterpiece Halloween in the late 70’s, Carpenter kept hitting them out of the park all throughout the decade of greed, with one classic after another!
The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), and Prince Of Darkness (1987) are all bona-fide cult classics, and Carpenter closed out his reign of the 80’s with a subversive look at the corporate society building up around him in 1988 with today’s 80s Baby, They Live!

tna4hkThe idea for They Live came from a short story called “Eight O’ Clock in the Morning” by Ray Nelson, originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in the 1960s.
The more political elements of the film are derived from Carpenter’s growing distaste with the ever-increasing commercialization of 1980s popular culture and politics.
He remarked, “I began watching TV again. I quickly realized that everything we see is designed to sell us something… It’s all about wanting us to buy something. The only thing they want to do is take our money.”
To this end, Carpenter thought of sunglasses as being the tool to seeing the truth, which “is seen in black and white. It’s as if the aliens have colorized us.”

sleep1tumblr_lwy2hyiTCI1qemss6o1_500tumblr_mi30qlGtWv1qla11zo1_500tumblr_mhizrhHYvr1qeh4lio1_500tumblr_mjogrpvweR1ruy2n6o1_1280After a budget of approximately three million dollars was raised, Carpenter began casting the film. For the crucial role of Nada, the filmmaker cast professional wrestler Roddy Piper, whom he met at WrestleMania III earlier in 1987.
For Carpenter it was an easy choice: “Unlike most Hollywood actors, Roddy has life written all over him.”
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Carpenter was impressed with Keith David’s performance in The Thing and needed someone “who wouldn’t be a traditional sidekick, but could hold his own.”
Carpenter wrote the role of Frank specifically for the actor.
One of the best parts of the film has to be the legendary 5 minute fight scene between these two actors!
Carpenter recalls that the fight took three weeks to rehearse: “It was an incredibly brutal and funny fight, along the lines of the slugfest between John Wayne and Victor McLaglen in The Quiet Man.”

Although it was not an immediate commercial success, the film has gone on to cult status along with most of Carpenter’s early projects, and inspired tons of fan art and retro posters. Check out some great examples below!

Awesome cover for the Collector's Edition Blu-Ray!

Awesome cover for the Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray!

Poster designed by Deathink.

Poster designed by Deathink.

Poster by Marc Palm.

Poster by Marc Palm.

Poster by FrescoGD.

Poster by FrescoGD.

Poster by Jorge Coelho.

Poster by Jorge Coelho.

Poster by Neal Russler.

Poster by Neal Russler.

Awesome T-shirt design by Cinefile.

Awesome T-shirt design by Cinefile.

If you have never seen this cult classic, get out there and do your homework!
And be sure and BUY the Blu-ray edition and more from Mr. Carpenter from the Amazon links below!
Consume. Conform. Buy.

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