I’ve always loved the movie “They Live.” It’s one of John Carpenter’s lesser-known works. Now, that’s a bold statement.

It stars Rowdy Roddy Piper (yes, the wrestler) as a regular Joe who finds out that aliens have taken over the planet. He finds some special sunglasses that allow him to see the aliens for who they really are. All of our commericial advertising is really messages like “obey” and “work and multiply.” Great concept.

I first saw it as a younger man and only recently realized it was leftist tripe, but who cares? Any movie with this line is a classic:

I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum.

You should check it out. Another spooky John Carpenter film you’ve never heard of is “Prince of Darkness.” It was the last known siting of Jameson Parker, a.k.a A.J. Simon. And don’t even get me started on the “The Fog.” That’s a classic back from when Adrienne Barbeau was America’s idea of a sex symbol. How did Carpenter talk John Houseman into doing the opening monologue?

(Here’s a site with link to the audio file of that line. Man, I love the Internet.)