History YMMV / TheyLive

9th Jul '16 4:37:06 PM AnotherGuy
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** Until they murder innocent people forced to live in shanty towns.
1st Apr '16 9:21:46 AM Scooter007
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** The saying "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum,]]" existed before this film, but virtually every subsequent use finds its ancestry to this film.

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** The saying "I "[[ChewBubblegum I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum,]]" bubblegum!]]" existed before this film, but virtually every subsequent use finds its ancestry to this film.



* WhatAnIdiot: So you find a pair of glasses that show you the truth: that aliens have basically taken over the world and are controlling our minds as we speak. There is absolutely no way you can fight them gun to gun, since they control ''everything''. You need to go about this the smart way, because its the only way. So what do you do? You start yelling at everyone you see about aliens.

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* WhatAnIdiot: So you find a pair of glasses that show you the truth: that aliens have basically taken over the world and are controlling our minds as we speak. There is absolutely no way you can fight them gun to gun, since they control ''everything''. You need to go about this the smart way, because its it's the only way. So what do you do? You start yelling at everyone you see about aliens.
26th Feb '16 9:49:33 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* MemeticMutation: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. [[OhCrap And I'm all out of bubblegum."]]

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
** The saying
"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. [[OhCrap And I'm all out of bubblegum."]]bubblegum,]]" existed before this film, but virtually every subsequent use finds its ancestry to this film.



* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped[=/=]ValuesResonance: The only things outdated in this film are the hairstyles.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped[=/=]ValuesResonance: SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: By many people's assertion, there were a lot of things wrong with 1980s American consumerism.
* ValuesResonance:
The only things outdated in this film are the hairstyles.
26th Feb '16 9:46:23 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: How truly evil are the aliens supposed to be? Despite the fact they are obviously manipulating humanity, they don't do anything overtly malevolent throughout the film, with most of those actions actually being done by humans themselves. Why do they bother telling humans about the conspiracy? It's clear they ''don't'' need to reveal themselves, or else why bother with the hypnotic signal in the first place? Also much of what we are told about them is contradictory at best, such as the scientist's idea that they're xenoforming Earth's atmosphere to match their homeworld, [[FridgeLogic which raises the question]] of ''why'', given that they easily can survive in Earth's own atmosphere anyway?
** The aliens are exactly as evil as the rich of the United States in the 1980s--which, in John Carpenter's view, was pretty damn evil.
** Considering the MARRY and REPRODUCE apparently included ''with the aliens'' one might well consider it to be a species-wide subliminal date-rape. Fantastic timing, MDMA/Ecstacy had just been placed on the Schedule 1 narcotic list three years before this movie came out...
** Another AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The story depicts [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoid_schizophrenia paranoid schizophrenia]], ThroughTheEyesOfMadness as an UnreliableNarrator. Nada's behavior ''entirely'' parallels that of someone undergoing a violent psychotic episode. In ''this'' interpretation, all of the events of the film are in Nada's mind, and Holly (along with the others who tried to get in the way) is/are TheHero trying to stop an InsaneEqualsViolent SerialKiller/spree killer.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: How Because the aliens are just stand-ins for the wealthy class in Reagan's America, it can be easy to wonder just how truly evil are the aliens supposed to be? Despite the fact they are obviously manipulating are. They might be exploiting humanity, they don't do anything overtly malevolent throughout the film, with most of those actions actually being done by humans themselves. Why do they bother telling humans about the conspiracy? It's clear they ''don't'' need to reveal themselves, or else why bother with the hypnotic signal in the first place? Also much of what we are told about them is contradictory at best, such as the scientist's idea that but they're xenoforming Earth's atmosphere to match their homeworld, [[FridgeLogic which raises the question]] of ''why'', given that they easily can survive in Earth's own atmosphere anyway?
** The aliens are exactly as evil as the rich of the United States in the 1980s--which, in John Carpenter's view, was pretty damn evil.
** Considering the MARRY and REPRODUCE apparently included ''with the aliens'' one might well consider it to be a species-wide subliminal date-rape. Fantastic timing, MDMA/Ecstacy had just been placed on the Schedule 1 narcotic list three years before this movie came out...
** Another AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The story depicts [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoid_schizophrenia paranoid schizophrenia]], ThroughTheEyesOfMadness as an UnreliableNarrator. Nada's behavior ''entirely'' parallels that of someone undergoing a violent psychotic episode. In ''this'' interpretation, all of the events of the film are in Nada's mind, and Holly (along with the others who tried to get in the way) is/are TheHero trying to stop an InsaneEqualsViolent SerialKiller/spree killer.
hardly genocidal conquerors.



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The fight over Frank not wanting to wear Nada's sunglasses.
16th Aug '15 8:32:47 AM icchan
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** Considering the MARRY and REPRODUCE apparently included ''with the aliens'' one might well consider it to be a species-wide subliminal date-rape. Fantastic timing, MDMA/Ecstacy had just been placed on the Schedule 1 narcotic list three years before this movie came out...
3rd Jun '15 9:19:24 PM WJTaylor4
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The fight over Frank not wanting to wear Nada's sunglasses.
29th Mar '15 8:36:52 PM SignSeeker7
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped[=/=]ValuesResonance: The only things outdated in this film are the hairstyles.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped[=/=]ValuesResonance: The only things outdated in this film are the hairstyles.hairstyles.
* WhatAnIdiot: So you find a pair of glasses that show you the truth: that aliens have basically taken over the world and are controlling our minds as we speak. There is absolutely no way you can fight them gun to gun, since they control ''everything''. You need to go about this the smart way, because its the only way. So what do you do? You start yelling at everyone you see about aliens.
6th Nov '14 7:20:14 PM RevolutionStone
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** Another AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The story depicts [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoid_schizophrenia paranoid schizophrenia]], ThroughTheEyesOfMadness as an UnreliableNarrator. Nada's behavior ''entirely'' parallels that of someone undergoing a violent psychotic episode. In ''this'' interpretation, all of the events of the film are in Nada's mind, and Holly (along with the others who tried to get in the way) is/are TheHero trying to stop an InsaneEqualsViolent SerialKiller/spree killer.
26th Sep '14 6:07:47 AM Sarochi
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: How truly evil are the aliens supposed to be? Despite the fact they are obviously manipulating humanity, they don't do anything overtly malevolent throughout the film, with most of those actions actually being done by humans themselves. Why do they bother telling humans about the conspiracy? It's clear they ''don't'' need to reveal themselves, or else why bother with the hypnotic signal in the first place? Also much of what we are told about them is contradictory at best, such as the scientist's idea that they're xenoforming Earth's atmosphere to match their homeworld, [[FridgeLogic which asks the question]] of ''why'', given that they easily can survive in Earth's own atmosphere anyway?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: How truly evil are the aliens supposed to be? Despite the fact they are obviously manipulating humanity, they don't do anything overtly malevolent throughout the film, with most of those actions actually being done by humans themselves. Why do they bother telling humans about the conspiracy? It's clear they ''don't'' need to reveal themselves, or else why bother with the hypnotic signal in the first place? Also much of what we are told about them is contradictory at best, such as the scientist's idea that they're xenoforming Earth's atmosphere to match their homeworld, [[FridgeLogic which asks raises the question]] of ''why'', given that they easily can survive in Earth's own atmosphere anyway?
26th Sep '14 6:06:58 AM Sarochi
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: How truly evil are the aliens supposed to be? Despite the fact they are obviously manipulating humanity, they don't do anything overtly malevolent throughout the film, with most of those actions actually being done by humans themselves. Why do they bother telling humans about the conspiracy? It's clear they ''don't'' need to reveal themselves, or else why bother with the hypnotic signal in the first place? Also much of what we are told about them is contradictory at best, such as the scientist's idea that they're xenoforming Earth's atmosphere to match their homeworld, [[FridgeLogic which begs the question]] of ''why'', given that they easily can survive in Earth's own atmosphere anyway?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: How truly evil are the aliens supposed to be? Despite the fact they are obviously manipulating humanity, they don't do anything overtly malevolent throughout the film, with most of those actions actually being done by humans themselves. Why do they bother telling humans about the conspiracy? It's clear they ''don't'' need to reveal themselves, or else why bother with the hypnotic signal in the first place? Also much of what we are told about them is contradictory at best, such as the scientist's idea that they're xenoforming Earth's atmosphere to match their homeworld, [[FridgeLogic which begs asks the question]] of ''why'', given that they easily can survive in Earth's own atmosphere anyway?
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