They Live

They Live ★★★★

They Live is peak John Carpenter, and while The Thing may be a more tightly structured film, I find They Live to be a much more fun and thought-provoking watch. It's got a great setup and an unusually human cast of characters. That the plot hinges so often on sunglasses is an example of the unconventional storytelling here, and the whole film uses otherwise mundane settings to reveal a funny and very eerie universe. Also, the acidic social commentary is so potent that I have to assume it's responsible for at least 30% of all conspiracy theorists.