John Carpenter made science-fiction and horror films to examine the human condition, following in the footsteps of The Twilight Zone . The impact of economic inequality and the elite’s manipulation of the media were explored in They Live . Carpenter used a sci-fi setting to investigate how people can be influenced by subliminal messages and consumerism. They Live is one of the great cult films that has gained in popularity.
John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’ exposes the use of the media to control the masses
Based on Ray Nelson’s short story “Eight O’Clock in the Morning,” They Live stars the late professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper as a drifter named Nada (Spanish for “nothing”)
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Or are they just puppets? They Live is more prescient now than it was when it was released in the late 1980s. With a mix of gripping messages and over-the-top action sequences, the film delivers a powerful punch to the audience. While watching a long fight sequence, it makes you wonder what you’re really seeing. Many great science-fiction and horror films from the 1980s were ahead of their time. Underneath it all, They Live raises questions that still ring true today. On our smartphones and other electronic devices, we receive subliminal messages. Who is in charge of what we see? Do CEOs of multibillion-dollar corporations get together for coffee or a round of golf to decide what we eat? What are the best ways to deal with corporate greed, mindless consumerism, and media manipulation? Has apathy and ignorance taken over our lives, allowing the government to control what we see and think?
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