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Midnights at the Baxter presents 'They Live' [Movies]
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John Carpenter, along with George Romero, is perhaps one of the most beloved names in American horror cinema. He helped to define the slasher genre in 1978 with Halloween

(although many of his “groundbreaking” techniques were actually pioneered a few years earlier in Bob Clark's

Black Christmas

); 1982's

The Thing

is a fantastic piece of filmmaking which is still incredibly suspenseful due to the effective use of practical effects (as opposed to last year's extremely lackluster prequel with the horrible CGI); one of my favorites, 1995's

In the Mouth of Madness

, is a seriously disturbing mind-trip.

But then there was a weird little thing in 1988. Carpenter, drawing equally from a science-fiction short story and a comic book, decided to write a screenplay addressing the hyper-consumerism of the '80s. The result has been praised for its socially conscious commentary and effective satire on American culture – but, personally, I believe the whole thing to be so dumb as to nullify all of that (says the guy who tried to deconstruct Herschell Gordon Lewis'

The Wizard of Gore

).

I am, of course, talking about

They Live

, starring pro-wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as a man who finds a pair of sunglasses which, when worn, reveal a horrifying truth: our planet has been overrun by aliens – aliens who keep our species hypnotized and blind to the truth while they subliminally control our minds (the glasses also reveal common street signs to actually say things such as “OBEY!” and “CONSUME!”).

And it is sillier than you can possibly imagine.

Baxter Avenue Theater presents a midnight showing of

They Live

tomorrow night – tomorrow being Saturday, July 7. Baxter Avenue Theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road, in Mid-City Mall. Further theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the theater's website.

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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