They Live (1988)
There is an ongoing theme, L.A seems to be the perfect setting for a film capturing the lengths of mystery and conspiracy.
John Carpenter’s They Live follows a lone wandered, Nada (Roddy Piper) who finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to uncover the sinister truth of a dystopian, capitalist society.
They Live raises the question of is everything we are consuming a lie – or does it have a motive? However, it does not stop at just revealing subliminal messages, it also uses the glasses to show the aliens disguised behind a human guise and the secret power they hold in our world.
With the use of the glasses, the film cleverly contrasts the effectiveness of colour and black and white to mark what might be unbeknown to us in everyday life. Instead of seeing just in colour, They Live displays seeing truths in simple black and white as this leads to grasping the subliminal messages that are unnoticed.
They Live represents the fear of how the social elite may manipulate us and enforce an agenda through those who are meant to protect and serve us. Through a series of trademark 80’s violence, They Live plays with the crisis of what would become of you if you were to exposed the truth?