About the Author
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
Introduction: The Becoming-Piper
1. The Cult of the Eighties
2. Wake-Up Call
3. Reel Politik
4. Through a Pair of Cheap Sunglasses Darkly
5. The Pathological Unconscious
What People are Saying About This
Wilson gets what makes They Live live. With all the virtuosity of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper performing an inverted atomic drop, he grapples with the many dimensions of Carpenter's movie. From the critical, political and schizoanalytical to the simulacral and tonsorial, his short book chews bubble gum and kicks ass.
A great study of a great filmit not only provides an array of historical contexts for understanding the film, but succeeds as an introduction to essential film theory as it relates to cult cinema and kitsch. Very different than Wilson's bizarro fiction, yet reading this book can help to understand the author's thinking about text and reveals his deep affinity forand critical facility withthe power of counter cultural narratives. Recommended to anyone familiar with the film.
Wilson's They Live is an ideal contribution to the cultographies project. Written by a critic fully aware of relevant discourses such as wrestling, fan culture, and historical reception past and present, this is a very stimulating and still timely analysis of one of John Carpenter's key films. Highly recommendable on all levels, especially those of enjoyable and informative reading.