John Carpenter is a master of horror. He’s the brains behind Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, Christine and The Thing.
In 1988, he made They Live, featuring wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper.
This is a very fun homage to b movies from Carpenter’s youth, with bits of satire thrown in for good measure.
The Man With no Name (Piper), a drifter, wanders into Los Angeles looking for work.
They Live makes great use of the mean streets of LA’s infamous skid row as The Man With No Name finds out about a secret plot that’s unveiled by peering through sunglasses.