They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realising it. THEY LIVE!!!
In 1988, John Carpenter directed “They Live”, a film of an allegorical tale which showed a slow and deliberate immersion of the daunting and worrying fable of the corrupt, deceiving and indifferent economic, social and political society, one that has wrapped itself around its people and who in turn have blindly accepted their fate.
One man (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, that’s when wrestling was wrestling) receives a reality check, funnily enough with the help of a pair of sunglasses (as the video above shows) that shows the world as it really is, not in colour, but a black and white parallel world that the sub-conscious has chosen to ignore.
With subliminal messages as “OBEY”, “CONFORM”, “MARRY AND REPRODUCE”, “CONSUME”, “WATCH TELEVISION” and “SLEEP”. It is through this thought control that the rulers have this world tied up and neatly packaged for its own manipulative uses, to further themselves at the expense of the meek, mild and the lowly sufferers of a job less and hungry world.
This is the battle of self-awareness and the struggle with a reality check that has these alien beings staging war against the up-rising and rebellious armies from the gutters and streets.
They Live You Sleep; where will your consciousness take you when the sleep is washed from your eyes.
Welcome to the real world.
Some kind soul has posted the whole movie online via google video here so if you have nothing better to do this Sunday, kick back, relax and watch…they don’t make them like this anymore!
I watched this back in the day and was speaking to a one of these know it all youngsters who were born in the 90’s, who had no idea of this film, so here it is bucko, this ones for you, don’t say I never take any requests….and yeah, I know the effects aren’t exactly The Matrix, but hey, it was the eighties, and they were pretty good for the time (who am I kidding?) – and our imaginations were a far lot better then yours.