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Booth's Blog: We are living a lie...! (According to John Carpenter)
By James W, Thursday 20th October 2016
Emily-Booth-Green-Top-Image-1This week my blog gets controversial and political as I discuss the amazing eye-opening depths of our network film premiere on Saturday; John Carpenter's They Live. Like The Matrix, this film will have you thinking outside the box, and totally questioning the reality you are living right now. You will see that we are living in an artificially-induced state of consciousness, and that, in effect, we are asleep!

Made in 1988 by self-proclaimed activist and horror legend John Carpenter, They Live was in its own time a fictional expose on the divisive economic policies known as 'Reaganomics'. However, 28 years later the film has taken on a life of its own, and is perhaps even more relevant now than it was in '88. The film has become a beacon for conspiracy theorists such as David Icke and even lead actor Roddy Piper, who claim that They Live is more like a documentary than a fun horror flick... So, now that I've piqued your curiosity, what's it all about?

The story follows Nada, played by wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, as he drifts through an economically depressed America trying to find work. He winds up at a building site, and sleeps in a shanty town overlooked by a white church; a place that has little to do with worshipping the lord, but is in fact the HQ of a revolution, and the backroom manufacturer of a very special pair of glasses... After a violent police raid, Nada finds the glasses, and when he puts them on, he sees the world for what it really is for the first time. Needless to say, it is shockingly different to what he'd always imagined.

They Live Image 1

It becomes clear that the world we see and process is totally fabricated and designed to keep us under control. To the naked eye Nada sees an advert for a Jamaican holiday, yet with the glasses on he sees the words 'Marry and Reproduce''. Another advert is revealed to say 'Obey', while others instruct their audiences to 'Sleep', 'Watch TV', and 'Consume'. The glossy images of packaged promises create a reality encouraging us to shop, to work, and to not question authority; in short, they keep us in servitude. But to whom? Why, aliens of course! Nada learns with horror that the average Joe on the street could in fact be a ghoulish skeletal alien, and only with the glasses filtering out the lies can true perception begin. Can this unlikely hero lead the revolution to expose the aliens and our world for what they really are?

They Live has spiralled into a film with far-reaching power, and is still cited as a classic that scratches beneath the surface of today's society. Love-him-or-loathe-him British conspiracy theorist David Icke cites the film as representing his belief that our reality is simply a code; a code can be decoded, as it is fabricated. While the film uses the media to represent the signals we are fed, with the perpetrators being aliens, Icke believes elements in the universe transmit certain frequencies. He explains (quite bizarrely) that the moon and sun interact in a way that stops us from seeing great chunks of reality, and this in turn feeds us a collective mind. Icke feels that They Live is beyond accurate in terms of how the world really works, although he does not cite aliens as the ones behind our control (he has however mentioned humanoid reptiles...).

The economic collapse depicted in the film is of course now happening across America, while shanty towns can be seen across the sea in Calais today. Was John Carpenter more prophetic than he could have possibly imagined? Are we really headed for a New World Order led by a scary totalitarian authority?

It's time to put on your glasses and really see the world for the first time... Do not miss this movie, obey the Booth, and watch They Live when it receives its network premiere on Horror this Saturday 22nd October 11pm.


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