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22: Mini Film Review Of 'They Live' Midnight Show

September 3, 2015 3:26 a.m.

'They Live' screens Saturday at midnight at Landmark's Ken Cinema.


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ANCHOR INTRO: Landmark’s Ken Cinema has found success with it’s classic film weeks and midnight movies. This Saturday KPBS film critic Beth Accomando says you can see They Live and pay tribute to the late Roddy Piper.


TAG: Subscribe to Beth’s Cinema Junkie podcast on iTunes to get additional reviews, this week it’s Turbo Kid.


When wrestler Roddy Piper died in July, fans turned to John Carpenter’s They Live to honor his memory. Carpenter’s sci-fi actioner perfectly tapped into Piper’s bad boy wrestling image as he played a reluctant savior of humanity. Piper’s a drifter who finds a pair of sunglasses that let him see the bug eyed aliens running the planet and bent on world domination. But Piper’s nameless character isn’t ready to surrender.

CLIP I’m here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I’m all out of bubblegum.

They Live screens Saturday at the Ken Cinema and there’s nothing better than a midnight crowd to show their rowdy appreciation for both Piper and Carpenter’s sly satire on Reaganomics.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.