While not John Carpenter's best movie, it's way up there. They Live takes an outlandish premise and makes it totally insane with the addition of a WWF wrestler.
Featuring Rowdy Roddy Piper and Keith David (or David Keith), They Live is a poison-pen letter to LA, features the longest, straight-up fist-fight ever in film, and recycles props from Ghostbusters. It also spawned one of the greatest lines in movie history (hint: bubblegum.)
OBEY, CONSUME, AND SLEEP... it's Red Dawn!
SPECIAL GUEST RIFFER: Author and academic, Arinn Dembo!
NOTE: Track Zero has varying lead times - if you don't want preamble, skip to 7:40 for the DVD start point.
Note: We actually did email Rowdy Roddy Piper's website. His assistant emailed back to say that indeed, he was born in Saskatchewan.
Three friends take advantage of two simple facts - they are incapable of watching a film together in silence and a lot of cheap price-point DVDs have no commentary track (or a really sucky commentary track - like, second unit director. Chief caterer.)
Please note, this track was recorded in 2005 and originally released as a podcast. Which is to say that it was meant to be released and dated for a specific time - there is a certain amount of topicality that didn't age perfectly.
Please consider this a test run, as we attempt to dust-off our old podcast tracks and give them a new home here, at RiffTrax.