In this installment in the ongoing John Carpenter Retrospective series Jeff Konopka and Shawn Savage tackle They Live. While this is definitely a cult classic and neo-fan favorite it didn’t necessarily win box office fame and fortune. The guys speculate that with current the current socio-political climate leaning toward an era of distrust and over defiance of authority that They Live may be becoming more popular then ever. The film itself can be considered timeless (and that doesn’t mean that everyone can go wear THAT much denim).
They Live is seen as perhaps the last great Carpenter film during the golden age of J.C. From here on out when you see John Carpenter presenting a film you’re going to have to truly question whether the movie you’re about to watch has an merit. That isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of excellent films to come in the filmography, but there are some duds that dud harder then perhaps any in his catalog.
Follow Shawn and Jeff as they get in the ring with a film that stars a beloved Carpenter staple (Keith David) and a pro-wrestler that delivers an exceptional strong performance with as much adlibbing as one might hope to see form a man who wears a kilt to fight men with tights on national television. Take some time to go back and watch the movie, beware of spoilers since this is a full on analysis of the film and maybe go buy yourself an Obey hoodie or T-shirt.
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