YMMV / They Live

  • Adaptation Displacement: The plot originally comes from a Science Fiction short story involving a man who can see the messages after being hypnotized. The aliens in there also eat humans.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: 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 they are. They might be exploiting humanity, but they're hardly genocidal conquerors.
    • Until they murder innocent people forced to live in shanty towns.
  • Anvilicious: In spades.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Paranoia Fuel: The whole point, in a way. That commercial you just saw on television ... just a commercial or a subliminal message telling you to "OBEY" and "CONFORM"?
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: By many people's assertion, there were a lot of things wrong with 1980s American consumerism.
  • Too Cool to Live: Nada and Frank.
  • Values Resonance: The only things outdated in this film are the hairstyles.
  • What an Idiot: 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 it's the only way. So what do you do? You start yelling at everyone you see about aliens.