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.


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


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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