A few weeks back, I brought you an examination of John Carpenter’s They Live as an example of a film that way ahead of its time, and at least as relevant today as it was when it was first released in 1988. To recap:
The movie proposes a ruling class that lulls society into submission with subliminal messages that encourages the masses to eat, breed, and consume. It could easily be a reflection of the current eco-political climate; many of the issues explored in They Live are extremely relevant to the here-and-now: The deceptiveness of advertising, the unspoken agendas of politicians, the consumerism promoted as a distraction from more important, sometimes even urgent issues.
The fact is, They Live has become a seminal film for Horror Freaks who also enjoy probing popular conspiracy theories. Many have come to see They Live as more of a documentary than a work of fiction. Case in point: The video below from ODD Reality. It’s a brilliant visual essay connecting They Live to real-life cases of mass media manipulation. Have a look and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.