Monday, October 15, 2007

They Live

--Reviewed by Lindy Loo

Plotline: A construction worker who's just trying to make some bucks stumbles across a strange church group whose intentions he is leery of. When the church is raided, he happens upon a secret box of sunglasses that is hidden in the wall. When he puts them on, he begins to see that all commercial marketing is now reading subversive messages. And he begins to see many of the people around him for what they REALLY are.

Scariness factor: It's got fricking Rowdy Roddy Piper in it. You guess. =)

Gross-Out Factor: Just people getting thrown out of windows, shot (in that awesome Arnold Schwarzenegger type way).

Complaints: This is the best worst movie EVER. It has so many crappy glitches in it that it is great, most notably the fact that whenever Rowdy Roddy Piper gets absolutely brutalized (in one scene his face is HORRIBLY swollen from a fist fight), within five minutes he is completely back to normal again.

High Points: I seriously was almost just tempted to list out my favorite quotes from the movie and leave it at that, since they pretty much say it all. But I figure I'll expound upon the joys of this movie a little before doing so. First: It has Rowdy Roddy Piper in it. And he is THE WORST. And by that, I mean: Awesome. There seriously is a gratuitously long fight-scene plopped in the middle of the movie where RRP and another main character show off RRP'S WWF moves by putting each other in half nelsons and throwing each other to the ground and stuff. The movie is INCREDIBLY INCREDIBLY 1980s. And it also is trying to be all social-commentary-like but pretty much beats you over the head with it in all its obviousness. And most importantly, Piper *almost* (and I say almost because no one else can beat out the man in one-liners) puts Bruce Campbell's Ash to the test with his plethora of shitty-ass (but f-ing funny) one-liners that will make you groan and giggle. Enjoy:

Brother, life's a bitch... and she's back in heat.

The Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules.

Mama don't like tattletales.

I got news for 'em. There's gonna be hell to pay. 'Cause I ain't Daddy's little boy no more.

I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.

Overall: This is the worst funniest thing I've watched in a while. Thank you, Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Grade: A (camp-wise), D (otherwise)

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At 9:10 PM, Blogger Joe Pettit Jr. said...

Ever seen COMMUNION, the film adaptation of Whitley Strieber's alien abduction account? Oh man, that one really gives THEY LIVE a run for its money in terms of oh so great badness. Christopher Walken is un-frikkin'-believable. I'll probably end up writing a special piece on it in my Journal of Weird Studies blog.


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