With the lead role in the hands of none other than "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the 2nd rate action flick feel of They Live is solidified. This, of course, is nothing to run away and bandage your ass over, though. Anyone who finds themselves worshiping at the "big temple in little china" will surely find here a film of kindred spirit, even if it isn't exactly the non stop mine ride through the temple of doom that Big Trouble was.
Keith David, who had previously worked with Carpenter on The Thing co stars and the fight scene between he and Piper (Carpenter obviously exploiting Pipers fame as a wrestler) needs to be seen to be believed. Keith and Piper together are as cool if not cooler than any of the other racially conscious pairs of ebony & ivory soul(less) Brothers from another Mother so dubiously planted throughout the 80's as if to suggest to audiences that indeed, chocolate and vanilla go well together.