John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’ is an underappreciated classic

Roddy Piper kicks ass in 'They Live'
Roddy Piper kicks ass in ‘They Live’

Starring: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, Peter Jason, and Raymond St. Jacques
Director(s): John Carpenter
Writer(s): Screenplay by John Carpenter, based upon the short story, “Eight O’Clock in the Morning”, by Ray Nelson

This film is quite simply one of the most underappreciated John Carpenter films ever made. It’s been several years since I’d seen it, and was pretty excited when I saw the DVD on sale for $10 at Best Buy.

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John Carpenter’s ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ was brilliantly ahead of its time

Kim Cattral, Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun and Suzee Pai in 'Big Trouble in Little China'
Kim Cattral, Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun and Suzee Pai in ‘Big Trouble in Little China’

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattral, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong
Director(s): John Carpenter
Writer(s): Screenplay by W.D. Richter, Story by Gary Goldman and David Z. Weinstein

[rating=4]When I found out that Carpenter had participated in a DVD release of this film, I had to get my hands on it. Fortunately, the holiday season was friendly for me, and I was given it as a birthday gift from my brother-in-law.

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