They Live

Universal City: Universal City Studios, 1988. Vintage reference photograph of John Carpenter on the set of the 1988 film.

Based on the 1963 short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson.

John Nada (professional wrestler Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of sunglasses that reveal the culture is being ruled by aliens, who conceal their appearance and condition people, to consume, breed, work, and "Obey."

A cult favorite whose influence continues to ripple through the culture and counterculture, maybe most notably in the work of street artist Shepard Fairey, whose "Obey" silkscreens (openly acknowledged to have been appropriated from the movie) have appeared on everything from street art, to skateboards, to clothing.

Shot on location in Los Angeles, California.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.


[Book #150289]