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.

    • I Am Breitbart


    • Netmilsmom

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

      • Mark Hensley

        So. You want to be to a country that has all the things that the GOP wants to fight. Affordable healthcare and gun control.

        Yep. Makes sense to me.

  • 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?

      • Chattanooga

        What are you talking about? This one’s Pelosi.

  • RevengeVoter

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

    • Casca

      It’s at MSNBC

  • 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.

          • RoryC

            Nourse’s “The Blade Runner” was set in a world where free health care was available to anyone willing to submit to restrictions and preconditions based on the philosophies of eugenics and who were willing to undergo sterilization. How, exactly, is that “prophetic”?!?!? No such system, nor anything close to it, exists anywhere in the world.

          • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

            Imprimis: I agree, there is no point-to-point correspondence between the book and what obtains today, other than the idea of universal health care applied asymmetrically. See governmental waivers.

            Secundus: Sterilization is presented as an ultimate deterrent to seeking government-run medical care. Lesser penalties are excluded from the narrative. If you want a licensed doctor, you must submit to the regs. If you have the wherewithal, you are not so subject. Tell me that does not obtain now, or in the foreseeable future.

            Tertius: What is the ultimate aim of government-controlled health care? Is it minimal health care guaranteed by an entity viewed with suspicion by the majority or pacification of the majority by way of intimidation by way of the non-productive?

          • RoryC

            Not only is there no point-to-point correspondence, there’s no significant correspondence of any type whatsoever.

    • deAtH-[b+Y]-steReO

      one of my all time favorites which is funny since I didn’t care for it when I first saw it

  • 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.

        • MrApple

          Part 1 and 2 are both available for direct streaming on Netflix.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      A lot of Robert Heinlein’s work is extremely pro-liberty. Unfortunately he’s probably best known for his hippy-dippy “Stranger In A Strange Land,” but even in one of his kids’ books (“Red Planet,” I think) he practically leads off with a lecture on how keeping and bearing arms is the right and badge of a citizen – and on responsible firearm ownership.

  • 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.

  • DeadlockVictim

    I’m here to drink Molson and play hockey… and I’m all out of Molson.

  • Kimberly Stanley

    What a classic movie. Fun watch! LoL

  • chetnapier

    We are all about to run out of bubble gum

  • Kyle Schroeck

    I was in a punk band and we had a song called “They Live” which was based on this movie.

    I’m here to chew bubble gum and kick ass… and I’m all out of gum.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Canadians have plenty of guns.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    Ah, yes. One my fav’s before the 2012 POTUS election.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    And my fav after the 2012 POTUS election.

  • Michelle ✓classified

    I feel soooooo old lol. I remember Rowdy Roddy Piper from his waaaay early days of wrestling. I was just a little girl, but I always watched the wrestling and was fascinated by his over-the-top dramatic spats with Chavo and the Guerrero brothers. Then he lost a Lose Leave Town match and came back as the Masked Canadian. Wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized it was all fake and theatrics, but I sure loved watching it as a kid.

  • Rod Logan

    Didn’t Carpenter say this movie was about the 80’s and thus ‘liberal’?

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    Right on, Rowdy! One of the greatest wrestlers of all time! Sheiky baby, too. He’s a hoot on twitter!

  • Harry Lime

    Love this film. Live in Portland and never followed wrestling but one of my top ten sci-fi classics.

  • Sevull

    “You look like your head fell in the cheese dip back in 1957!”

  • Jason Claude

    Roddy you’re the man!

  • EcoHustler
  • Frank J Roberts

    where do i get a case of those sunglasses?

  • Clay Slape

    Funny how Hollywood tends to deliver the TRUTH through it’s movies that most are not very smart enough to realize what is being said or shown. Thanks Roddy !

  • Art Lowe

    I have watched that movie so many times, still a great movie, but every time I do watch it, I see our governments becoming more and more as control freaks who hate our freedoms and liberty’s at every turn, with their sick and degenerate laws they keep on putting in place. It time to see people that voting in the same governments, be it NDP, Liberals or Tory’s are all the same type of control freaks, who are not doing any of us any favors in the least, with their madness placed on our god given rights in this country.

  • whitesoxed

    The scene where he fights his friend for a very long time..was a play on the fact its our friends and family that fight us the hardest to get them to see the truth.

  • redpens

    Love that movie. Piper was great. Given all the government-run media propaganda today, I think he’s right. It is a documentary

  • Nathan Stewart


    • PJ McFlur

      It has to be the longest fist fight scene in history.

  • Charles Klingenberger

    They do !!!! They are in congress ,just look at Nancy Pelosi ,you don’t even need the glasses .

  • tarheel5

    I miss Buck Flower

  • blakmira

    Sounds like Roddy has awoken! Back when he was making the movie, he probably didn’t realize it was so prophetic and not a work of fiction, after all.
    Welcome to 1984, buddy! It’s here!

  • Video Rahim

    A They Live inspired music video. You have to watch this if you like They Live.

  • John Hanna

    wait doesn’t count that he is a Canadian anymore because he is a Oregonian

  • Susanhope Otf MasonRbe

    That fight scene was a metaphor for something that awakened people experience all the time. Still sleeping people will fight–even when they fight with just words or body language, to stay asleep, because they do not want to “see” what is really going on.

  • Mark Hensley

    That’s the problem with Peopel like piper. They Equate Guns=Freedom.

  • Steve Dennegan

    loved the movie and never thought it was fiction

  • Laura Phares-Wilson

    I really Love that Movie….and yes, those who woke up a long time ago knew that the Movie had a lot to say about Creatures (I call them Narcissistic Sociopaths/Reptiles)who are controlling the planet – the Beast System as the Bible calls it.

  • Martin_vanburen

    Love the movie, but it really is scarey that people think it’s somehow a reflection of reality…..

    Rowdy, you were the best ever villain in wrestling, but get out of the woods and into reality…. go visit Ric and his wife.