“They Live” (1988) – Horror movie legend John Carpenter frightened millions of fans during the 1980s with”The Fog” (1980), “The Thing” (1982), and “Prince of Darkness” (1987), but he capped off the decade with a different kind of scary movie. “They Live” (1988) was his political take on Reaganomics married with a secret alien invasion.
WWE wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, of all people, plays the lead protagonist to decipher friend from foe, but of course, he naturally comes with his own brawny and mouthy bent. Although his iconic line of “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum,” should be enjoyed over and over on youtube for the next 2,000 years, Nada’s (Piper) six-minute fist fight with Frank (Keith David) is our 9th greatest sci-fi moment from the decade. Just put the glasses on, Man.
Image credits: Universal Pictures; Clip credits: Shout! Factory