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: 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 raises the question of why, given that they easily can survive in Earth's own atmosphere anyway?
  • Anvilicious: In spades.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum."
    • The subliminal OBEY/CONSUME/etc signs have been remixed all over the place, notably into Shepard Fairey's OBEY GIANT campaign.
    • This edit is pretty popular among anti-bronies.
  • 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  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped/Values Resonance: The only things outdated in this film are the hairstyles.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 its the only way. So what do you do? You start yelling at everyone you see about aliens.