Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale. Written by Sherilyn Connelly.

Title: John Carpenter's They Live
Date: 1988

Vitals: A hunky drifter discovers that via special sunglasses he can see both the aliens who run the world and the hidden propaganda they use to control humanity. Any parallels to consumer culture and/or the Reagan Administration purely intentional.

Famous names: John Carpenter, Rowdy Roddy Piper

Crunchy goodness: 4

Elevator pitch: "It's The Manchurian Candidate meets No Holds Barred!"

Stunt casting: Wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, whose wooden acting is oddly perfect for the now-classic line: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum."


Sights you'll never unsee: The final shot of the film: one of the formaldehyde-faced aliens having sex with a topless woman.

Life lesson: If a friend tells you to put on a pair of sunglasses, you'll have to kick each others' asses for five and half minutes if you refuse, so put the glasses on!

John Carpenter's They Live Site Must See by Sherilyn Connelly.

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