They Live ★★★½

This is one of my favorite aliens are among us movies and it's by an unlikely source: John Carpenter. It also stars an unlikely leading man in Rowdy Roddy Piper and contains one of the longest fight scenes -- between friends -- ever recorded on film. Piper's line about chewing bubblegum and kicking a$$ is iconic.

Then there's the whole music vibe that sets an brooding atmosphere, almost completely devoid of hope and Meg Foster's transfixing eyes. When she looks at you with that haunting, bleak stare ... yikes. Besides being a great director, Carpenter's musical choices for creating atmosphere are rarely topped. Just the opening sequence alone showing Piper walking through the city and the music thumping in the background sucks you into the movie.

The script is a bit

This isn't as good as Carpenter's trilogy of awesomeness: Halloween, The Thing and Escape from New York, but it's in my top 5 movies by him. Maybe at number five. I'm envious if you've never seen this movie. Recommended.