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John Carpenter wrote and directed this science fiction thriller about a group of aliens who try to take over the world by disguising themselves as Young Republicans. Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as John Nada, a drifted who makes his way into an immense encampment for the homeless. There he stumbles upon a conspiracy concerning aliens who have hypnotized the populace through subliminal messages transmitted through television, magazines, posters, and movies. When Nada looks through special Ray-Bans developed by the resistance leaders, the aliens lose their clean-cut "Dan Quayle" looks and resemble crusty-looking reptiles. Nada joins the underground, teaming up with rebel-leader Frank (Keith David) to eradicate the lizard-like aliens from the body politic. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 23, 1988


Roddy Piper
as John Nada
Keith David
as Frank
Meg Foster
as Holly
George "Buck" Flower
as Drifter
Peter Jason
as Gilbert
Robert Grasmere
as Scruffy Blond Man
Thelma Lee
as Rich Lady
Tom Searle
as Biker
Rezza Shan
as Arab Clerk
Kerry Rossall
as 2nd Unit Guard
Bob Hudson
as Passageway Guard
Dennis Michael
as Male News Anchor
Norman Alden
as Foreman
Dana Bratton
as Black Junkie
Norman Howell
as Blond-Haired Cop
Sy Richardson
as Black Revolutionary
Christine Baur
as Woman on Phone
John Lawrence
as Bearded Man
Jon Paul Jones
as Manager
Susan Blanchard
as Ingenue
Norm Wilson
as Vendor
Raymond St. Jacques
as Street Preacher
Claudia Stanlee
as Young Female Executive
Vince Inneo
as Passageway Guard
Stratton Leopold
as Depressed Human
Lucille Meredith
as Female Interviewer
Eileen Wesson
as Pregnant Secretary
Larry Franco
as Neighbor
Michelle Costello
as Female Ghoul
Nancy Gee
as Female News Anchor
Jim Nickerson
as Security Guard
John F. Goff
as Well-dressed Customer
Cibby Danyla
as Naked Lady
Susan Barnes
as Brown-Haired Woman
Wendy Brainard
as Family Man's Daughter
Jeff Imada
as Male Ghoul


John Carpenter
Larry Franco
John Carpenter
Gary B. Kibbe
Alan Howarth
Composer (Music Score)
John Carpenter
Composer (Music Score)
Gib Jaffe
John Loggia
Production Designer
Daniel Lomino
Art Director
Sandy King
Associate Producer
Shep Gordon
Executive Producer
Andre Blay
Executive Producer
Marvin March
Set Designer
Robin Bush
Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Franco
First Assistant Director
Jeff Imada
Frank Carrisosa
Frank Carrisosa
Makeup Special Effects