Rent They Live (1988)

3.7 of 5 from 191 ratings
1h 29min
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Synopsis:
It is the near future and society is crumbling. John Nada (Roddy Piper) is a struggling labourer who drifts into town and makes a deadly discovery - society has been invaded by aliens from another dimension who are controlling the Earth through mind control. Armed with only a submachine gun and a pair of special sunglasses, can Nada infiltrate the aliens' transmitting station and reveal their true forms?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Larry J. Franco
Writers:
Ray Nelson, John Carpenter
Studio:
Momentum
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/10/2002
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Trailer
  • Making of
  • Exclusive audio commentary by director John Carpenter and Roddy Piper
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Subversion: Exposing John Carpenter's 'They Live'
  • Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Actor Roddy Piper Fake commercials in the film
  • TV Spots
  • Photo Gallery incl. Behind the Scenes
  • Independent Thoughts with John Carpenter
  • Original EPK: The Making of 'They Live'
  • John Carpenter Profile
  • Independent thoughts with John Carpenter
  • Woman of Mystery: Interview with Meg Foster
  • Man vs Aliens: Interview with Keith David
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/10/2018
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All

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Reviews (3) of They Live

A great 80's horror/thriller. - They Live review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
05/05/2010

This is a great 80's sci-fi horror thriller, very much in the same vein as "V", with aliens living amongst the human population controlling everyone with subliminal messages through the advertising and the media. Even though it's now over 20 years old, watching it today it was still as good as I remembered seeing it as a teen.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Worth seeing, but not one of John Carpenter's best - They Live review by RP

Spoiler Alert
09/02/2014

I watched (and was disappointed by) 'The World's End' a week or two ago and started to wonder about other films with a similar 'aliens among us' theme. The obvious ones include 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and 'Alien Nation', although in the latter their presence is well known. Then I came across 'They Live', directed by John Carpenter.

John Carpenter is well known for his cult sci-fi / horror films from the 1970s and 80s. Examples of his work include 'Halloween', 'The Thing', 'The Fog', 'Starman', 'Escape from New York' as well as the excellent original classic version of 'Assault on Precinct 13', so I knew the likely style.

The central character (played by ex-wrestler Roddy Piper) suspects something strange is going on at a local church and hears a blind preacher telling people to 'wake up'. He finds a pair of special sunglasses that reveal the truth - advertising hoardings with instructions to Obey and to Conform, magazine pages with similar authoritarian instructions, TV programmes with the same message - and aliens with skull-like faces everywhere. It transpires that the Earth's ruling classes have conspired with the aliens to make money and consolidate their own power while (of course) keeping the workers in their place...

It's all a bit clumsily done and it certainly looks dated, but I quite enjoyed it. It also features Carpenter's signature style of self-composed synthesiser-driven them music, but the film isn't a classic as some of his others turned out to be.

An interesting curiosity - worth seeing, but not one to watch again and again. 3/5 stars.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Great idea but disappointing execution - They Live review by ec

Spoiler Alert
08/10/2014

The actual theme of the film rings chillingly through however it does feel like a very low budget production with a weakly enacted storyline.

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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