John Carpenter’s They Live is a bold film loaded with political commentary.

They Live Is a Sci-Fi Horror Movie About Getting Woke

They Live Is a Sci-Fi Horror Movie About Getting Woke

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Aug. 1 2017 8:01 AM
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Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: They Live

Filmmaker John Carpenter used simple visuals to make bold political statements in this 1988 sci-fi flick.

Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Larry Franco Productions.
They Live

Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Larry Franco Productions.

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In the sixth episode of Slate’s Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club, Sam Adams and Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf talk about John Carpenter’s They Live. The two discuss the trajectory of Carpenter’s ping-ponging career, the controversial casting of Roddy Piper as the movie’s protagonist, the film’s overt and coincidental political themes, and yes, that fight scene.

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