Film director John Carpenter rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with films like Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, Starman, Big Trouble in Little Darkness, Christine, Prince of Darkness and The Thing. These days, the cult phenom focuses more on music and, it seems, cannabis. In 2015, Stereogum reviewed Carpenter's Lost Themes album and noted without irony, "He seems to smoke a lot of weed." In fact, the filmmaker even talked about smoking cannabis in the bonus commentary for the Ghost of Mars DVD. All that to say, Carpenter had to be stoned when he made the campy sci-fi horror film They Live, which came out in 1988 during President Reagan's renewed War on Drug.
Fittingly, per the director's own words, They Live gave "the finger to Reagan when nobody else would."
Per Carpenter at a 2013 legacy screening, "By the end of the ’70s there was a backlash against everything in the ’60s, and that’s what the ’80s were, and Ronald Reagan became president, and Reagonomics came in. So a lot of the ideals that I grew up with were under assault, and something called a yuppie came into existence, and they just wanted money. And so by the late ’80s, I’d had enough, and I decided I had to make a statement, as stupid and banal as it is, but I made one, and that’s They Live."
And now here's the Eclectic Method remix!