Horror 101 – Episode 45: They Live

Episode 45: They Live – August 28th, 2015

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”

Welcome back to another Horror 101 show and once again, a recent death is steering this ship! With the recent passing of Rowdy Roddy Piper we decided to focus on the crown jewel of his cinematic achievement; A sci-fi/horror film from the catalogue of 80’s John Carpenter called They Live. This film has a strong economic and political tone that is even more relevant today than it was 27 years ago. They Live is an alien invasion film that plays out like a 100 minute Twilight Zone episode. Starring Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster. Our crew will dissect the importance of the story, the corny one-liners and epic scenes that make They Live a classic Carpenter film. Kick ass and chew bubblegum with us as we honour the passing of a wrestling legend and give the Horror 101 treatment to They Live.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS:

01:00 Welcome back! Letting The Piper usher us in…
03:05 Losing Piper lead to this show…
06:15 Introducing Carpenter’s They Live…
08:40 “The poor and the under-classed are growing…”
10:15 The Police Army…
11:45 The Hoffman sunglasses show all…
12:50 The design of the aliens…
15:27 “I have come to chew bubblegum and kicks ass…”
16:30 Meg Foster…
18:50 The epic alley fight (David and Piper)
22:00 The Grand Design…
23:25 John Carpenter’s thoughts…
25:40 Shots fired by Nood!
26:45 Scoring the film…
31:30 Saying goodbye to a wrestling legend…
34:10 Conclusion…thanks for listening!

THEY LIVE (1988)

Directed by: John Carpenter
Screenplay by: John Carpetner
based on novel by Ray Nelson

Starring:

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 Street Preacher

Produced by: Larry J. Franco
Music by: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth

All video, pictures and audio used from They Live is copyright © 1988 by Alive Films and Larry Franco Productions. Used for educational purposes. No reproductions of any kind.

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