‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper confesses: ‘They Live’ was a documentary

Wrestler and actor “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has let the cat out of the bag: John Carpenter’s 1988 film “They Live,” starring Piper as a drifter who fends off an alien invasion, was not science fiction but a documentary. You might remember that Piper’s character was armed with special sunglasses that allowed him to see the aliens walking among us, secretly controlling the media, banking and the government. He was also armed with a shotgun, and it sounds like Piper’s determined to keep it if “They” try to take it.

You wouldn’t like him when he’s out of bubblegum.

  • thetreyman

    i loved that movie when i was younger. still do in fact. give ’em hell Piper. Canadians move to the US when they want true freedom. well at least the used to. cant say we’re all that free anymore.

    i need twitter followers @thetreymanhere

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      I have been watching that movie a lot since 09. That and Idiocracy are the people who put us into this mess.

      • Ramone Love

        Who put us into this mess? The film makers?

        • Andy from Beaverton

          I’m sure Playboy Buddy Rose is the ring master

    • Jeremy

      I enjoy the movie as well.I loved the smart ass one liners as well.

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    • Netmilsmom

      I think by the end of this administration, many of us will be eying Canada with envy.

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Americas-Wife/162958907243936 Captain America’s Wife

    Loved that movie. The fight scene between Piper and Keith David’s character was the longest in movie history.


    • Zathras11 @B5
      • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-Americas-Wife/162958907243936 Captain America’s Wife

        LOL…I stand corrected.

      • http://steelgeneral.blogspot.com/ Skalla

        ty for the link, I think you missed one, Lee Marvin vs Ernest Borgnine in “Emperor of the North”. Although the movie is talky and plodding EB brings a savagery to the screen that’s downright eerie.

        It’s worth a gander and both men can act.

        • DaMello ®

          Yeah, that was an excellent scene and an incredible flick. Worth collecting. Got DVD and AVI file!

        • Sonus

          Yup. Shack, and A Number 1.

          Awesome fight scene.

    • Zathras11 @B5

      They Live fight with South Park Cripple Fight homage audio:


    • DaMello ®

      Best fight scene ever!!!

    • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

      And it was redone on an episode of “South Park.”

  • Jeremy
    • Lisa Jackson = Rich Windsor

      How did Pelosi get in there?

  • RevengeVoter

    So where’s the dish and who wants to destroy it with me?

  • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

    They Live is an excellent flick. I’ve been watching it over and over again for over twenty years. Everyone hates Ghosts of Mars…why? I have no idea. I love that Carpenter flick as well.

    • DaMello ®

      Ghost of Mars is not a bad movie. Kind of cool in it’s own way for Carpenter fans. But for me it is a bit lower on my scale for Carpenter and this genre of movies. My top picks would be The Thing, Prince of Darkness, The Fog, and Halloween 1 and 3. Damn, I could go on about movies…

      • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

        Carpenter’s version of Campbell’s “Who Goes There?” novella rocks, no question. The Prince of Darkness? Fantastic. Eschatology meets QM. Incredible Carpenter flick.

        Ghost of Mars: still extremely high on my Carpenter list. I don’t know why it’s universally despised. It’s pure Carpenter paranoia.

      • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

        DaMello: you mentioned “Damn, I could go on about movies…”


        You’ve met a kindred spirit on Twitchy. I have one “favorite” channel on my private clicker (private = TV not controlled by my kids), and it sends the box immediately to TCM.

        Cinematography, lighting, storyboards, scripts, direction, shot composure and staging, etc. I’m completely obsessed w/ flicks, movies, or “film” (for the elite).

        I missed my calling, and took the wrong route. I’m hoping/working on gettting something done in my real interest.

        • Hiraghm

          As I read this, I’m wait… oh crap it’s started. “A Boy and His Dog” is on TCM now. Gotta go watch… love the ending 😀

          (and I haven’t seen it in decades)

          • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

            Another fantastic flick from the Seventies. It even has Robards! The Ending? Excellent — a post-apocalyptic necessity. :)

          • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

            If you liked the movie, read the short story by Ellison.

          • Hiraghm

            Actually, I did, ages ago.

      • Hiraghm

        Having read “Who Goes There?” (the original story by John W. Campbell as Don A. Stuart, in case you want to look it up), I can’t stand “The Thing”, or any of the other movie adaptations.

        • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

          It’s difficult to separate the short story, novella, and novel from their adaptations. After five decades, I’ve accomplished this difficult task. I see them as “different”. Blade Runner or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Different species, but both are excellent. It takes time.

          • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

            The story behind the name change for the movie is convoluted. Blade Runner was originally the title of an excellent (and prophetic) book by Alan E. Nourse on the perils of government-run health care.

  • JeffWRidge

    Certain Sci-Fi movies carry more than a hint of things to come if we’re not careful. The subliminal messaging used to manipulate people in “They Live” is not too far off from the unending propaganda found in lefty TV shows, movies, music and video games. We are constantly bombarded with subliminal messages trying to manipulate our emotions and beliefs.

    Likewise, “Escape from L.A.” had the government controlling how people acted, banning the use of certain language, smoking, red meat, guns, and so on. Not that different from lefties wanting to control what size soft drinks people can buy, so-called hate speech, and of course their obsession with gun control.

    Then there’s “Demolition Man” wherein people were fined for foul language, and things that the government considered “bad” for people were made illegal. Things like meat (again), gasoline, uneducational toys and, of course, guns (again).

    Any of that sound familiar? The left persistently tries to ban guns (or gun accessories, like ammo, so-called high-capacity magazines, and even cosmetic features of guns), control our speech by accusing us of using “code-words” for some form of bigotry or another, unhealthy dietary choices, even whether we purchase health insurance and the type you purchase.

    • Hiraghm

      Don’t forget “2081” where we’re all made equal thanks to the handicapper general and amendments to the Constitution.

      And of course there’s “Atlas Shrugged part One” and “Atlas Shrugged Part Two” (with Atlas Shrugged part 3″ coming in 2014)

      • JeffWRidge

        I wasn’t aware of that one. I’ll look for it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

        I haven’t seen either of the “Atlas Shrugged” movies, so I cannot comment on them. When it comes to multi-part movies, I make it a habit to wait until all of them are out before watching any of them.

  • Erik Bartlam

    Me and my Daddy had so much fun watching wrastlin’ back then. I have a very distinct and happy memory of Rowdy Roddy turning over a table during a rant…and my Daddy turning beet red laughing. It was a lot of fun back then.

    You get ’em man.

  • Guest

    Hot Rod!

  • Steve_J

    Those have to be two of the best lines ever spoken in the movies.

  • DaMello ®

    Rowdy is the best and They Live is classic! Thanks Rod, for understanding whats going on here in the US!

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    This flick ranks with Red Dawn.

    We aren’t gonna take ANY of your sh!t !

    And we’re gonna kick your A$$ to prove it !


  • ForTheRepublicOfDave

    Knew there was a reason I liked this song…


  • Jim Rasmussen

    Roddy could probably do 10 times more damage with one hockey stick than most liberals with one of those icky guns.