Seriously though, this movie is actually really clever.
I love the idea of a secret invasion taking place, and how all these aliens/pod people have infiltrated everything from news channels to grocery stores. They are like Changelings, cunning, vicious and ruthless. I love it!
Besides the work of director John Carpenter always feels personal, original, and has a lot of punch. Even when the technical aspects are limited (the masks of the aliens are so obviously just masks) he manages to make it work so that it doesn’t break your suspension of disbelief. Also the acting is really good, especially from the two protagonists, Keith David and Roddy Piper, who have the most brutal and entertaining fist fight I’ve seen in a while.
It makes me a bit sad to say that I discovered this movie after Roddy Piper’s death, and it feels quite bittersweet to see his talent now that I know he’s no longer with us. But I guess that’s not really a bad thing. He is still in this movie, his performance will be remember, and his sentencing one liner will always be quoted.
And now, if you excuse me, I need to go outside and see what else these glasses reveal. This is going to be fun.