They Live + Escape from New York 15
From the archive
This film was last shown on 7 December 2018
Join us for a double-bill of these two wildly entertaining sci-fi action flicks by legendary director John Carpenter. In They Live a nameless drifter (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of sunglasses that, when worn, reveal a shadowy alien conspiracy. While Escape From New York sees ex-soldier turned criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) forced to infiltrate a maximum-security prison in return for his freedom. Both films combine incisive social commentary with B-movie excess, endlessly quotable dialogue and (in the case of They Live) one of the greatest, and most ridiculous, fight scenes of all time. OBEY your masters and SUBMIT to watching these cult classics - both newly restored in glorious 4K - on the big screen.
Escape From New York (15)
It’s the near future and a crime-ridden United States has converted Manhattan Island into a maximum-security prison for the country’s most violent offenders. When Air Force One is hijacked by terrorists and crash lands in New York City, ex-soldier turned criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is forced, in return for his own freedom, to infiltrate the prison and bring the president back alive. Legendary director John Carpenter’s low-budget dystopian sci-fi action flick is a lurid, muscular and atmospheric romp that’s a hell of a lot of fun.
They Live (15)
A nameless drifter (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of sunglasses that reveal the world as it truly is - ruled by powerful aliens who control the media and the government - in this wildly entertaining sci-fi action flick from legendary filmmaker John Carpenter. The film combines incisive social commentary with B-movie excess, endlessly quotable dialogue and one of the greatest, and most ridiculous, fight scenes of all time. OBEY your masters and SUBMIT to watching this cult classic, newly restored in glorious 4K.
- 3 hours 50 minutes