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Alternate Character Interpretation: 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, which begs 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.