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Video Essay – We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live

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They Live is one of my favourites. It has one of the best fight scenes of all time, but looking past that and the aliens, it does deal with some big issues. In an interview back in 2015, John Carpenter had this to say about They Live:

You have to understand something: It’s a documentary. It’s not science fiction.

The same problem — unrestrained capitalism — still exists. Listen, I’m a very happy capitalist. I love my country. I love the system that we’re in, but not without some restraints on it. The last recession we had is an example. The ‘80s never ended. The mentality that the ‘80s bred is really alive and well — that’s the part that’s so bad. Nothing is to built to last. Everything is built to make profit. But I don’t want to whine about it.

As the world moves steadily forward it gets easier to see what he means by that. Daniel Clarkson Fisher put together this excellent video essay that looks at the themes of They Live and how it applies to what we see going on around us today.

We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter's THEY LIVE from Daniel Clarkson Fisher on Vimeo.

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