This is actually awesome!
One of my Dad's movies, always thought itd be bad cheesy, but I like it!
"They Live" 1988
-based on the short story "Eight O'Clock In the Morning" by Ray Nelson
-directed by John Carpenter
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
Roddy Piper as Nada
Keith David as Frank
Meg Foster as Holly
George 'Buck' Flower as Drifter
Peter Jason as Gilbert
Raymond St. Jacques as Preacher
The line "I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum" was ad-libbed by Roddy Piper. According to director John Carpenter, Piper had taken the line from a list of ideas he had for his pro wrestling interviews.
The big fight sequence was designed, rehearsed and choreographed in the back-yard of director John Carpenter's production office. The fight between Nada (Roddy Piper) and Frank (Keith David) was only supposed to last twenty seconds, but Piper and David decided to fight it out for real, only faking the hits to the face and groin. They rehearsed the fight for three weeks. Carpenter was so impressed he kept the five minutes and twenty seconds scene intact.
Roddy Piper, being a married man at the time of filming, refused to take his wedding band off. That's why in several scenes you can see a wedding ring on.
Director Cameo (John Carpenter): Uncredited, as the voice that says "sleep". The aliens superficially resemble walking, rotting corpses. John Carpenter didn't want the aliens to look like the "high-tech" creatures of other science fiction films. He decided that since these beings were corrupting humanity, they themselves should resemble corruptions of human beings.
John Carpenter was impressed with Keith David's performance in The Thing (1982) and needed someone "who wouldn't be a traditional sidekick, but could hold his own." To this end, Carpenter wrote the role of Frank specifically for David.
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