After The Descent, we should probably pursue a higher standard in horror film, but where's the fun in that?
Instead we go back to a John Carpenter film that certainly can't be called great, but instead is listed in the category of Cult Classic.
Look at all these cool things this film gives us!
- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is the star of the film.
- The only way you can see the aliens is by wearing sunglasses
- Neato wrestling fight scenes
- Weirdo cult dudes selling their souls to the aliens for profit (hell, that sounds like modern politics)
Roddy Piper showing us how he got the part
With all that great stuff how can this not be an awesome film?
Well, it's not awesome, but it is fun.
The gimmick with the sunglasses actually works. Apparently aliens are taking over the earth. They are doing this by infiltrating our governments, our armies, and our Newspaper Stands. The problem is they look and act just like us, so no one can tell they are taking over. A group of rebels (this is never explained) discover with a pair of X-Ray Specs that they can actually see the "real" aliens. They are building a resistance force when Roddy stumbles upon them. He finds a pair of the trick glasses and spends a fun afternoon roaming the City seeing all the subliminal messages the aliens have left us to make us bow to their will.
The film's gimmick. It's simple, but it works.
Roddy also gets a good look at the creepy aliens themselves. One of my favorite scenes is early on when Roddy encounters an alien woman in a store. His insults to this alien woman are sidesplitting because we know what he sees, but the onlookers in the store just see an old woman being harassed by some guy.
You called me a what?
They look kind of like the apes from that horrible Planet of the Apes remake
This is John Carpenter, post Halloween, which means the film is hit or miss. It drags at points and is humorous in others. It's never frightening but that's not the point. It does attempt to hammer home the warnings of subliminal messaging, whether or not that works is debatable. Does anyone even worry about this anymore? I guess not, how else would you explain Bratz?
Add this one to your Netflix list. Check your brain and have fun.
Where the heck is Roddy Piper now?
'til Hulk Hogan makes a film. (Wait a minute he did??)
Keep the Adventure Alive,