They Live (1988)


Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like “Stay Asleep”, “No Imagination”, “Submit to Authority”. Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.

“Do Not Question Authority”

P.K.E (Psycho Kinetic Energy) Meter From Ghostbusters

While watching John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic ‘They Live’ last night the above scene had my cinematic memory juices flowing, as i knew i had seen this strange device the guard is holding. Then today it hits me in the face like a falling Egon Spengler portrait…..

Dan Aykroyd aka Dr. Raymond Stantz and the P.K.E Meter.

John Nada: “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…… and I’m all out of bubblegum”


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