"I have come here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of bubble gum."
John Carpenter's They Live
is probably my favorite of his post-Escape From New York
, late '80s- early '90s filmography. A very obvious anti-Reagan diatribe, not unlike Craven's The People Under the Stairs
, They Live
manages to be preachy and pulse-pounding fun all at the same time. No one does this kind of pulpy fun like Carpenter, and even though it gets less recognition, I'd put They Live
up against Big Trouble in Little China
any day of the week. The leading duo of WWF legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and professional tough-guy Keith David (The Thing
), tear up the screen in this fantastic film.
Shout! Factory's new horror sub-label Scream Factory is already making a big splash with their upcoming releases of Halloween II
(both are great, reviews are forthcoming), and others, but this is one I've been waiting for for a long time. It sure as hell doesn't hurt that they commissioned kick-ass exploitation artist extraordinaire Tom "The Dude Designs" Hodge to create a cover worthy of such an excellent piece of work. Scream Factory's They Live
is due on store shelves on November 6th with a boatload of extras (listed below). Here's what they have to say about it
They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They Live<.
Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this heart-pounding thriller in which aliens are systematically gaining control of the Earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity's last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a harrowing discovery -- a unique pair of sunglasses that reveals the terrifying and deadly truth.
Production is now underway for extensive and insightful bonus features that include all-new interviews, an audio commentary and archival material. We will announce in-depth bonus features and additional news in the next couple months.
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