They Live (1988) typography

Geofferino's picture

Hi all, I'm trying to identify some of the typography used in John Carpenter's sci-fi classic, They Live. The following site has some really good examples of the typography used in the movie:

http://annyas.com/this-is-your-god-typography-they-live-1988/

There are obviously a couple of different weights and style in use, (possibly completely different fonts) but the two main fonts I want to identify is the one in the top 'Obey' image and the other on the 'Do not question authority' image.

I thought the font in the Obey image looked like Century Gothic Bold or Gill Sans Bold but there are some slight differences.

Anybody got any ideas?

Ehague's picture

Some kind of Futura bold/black, maybe condensed—at any rate, some cut of Futura is the right direction.

butterick's picture

The "Do Not Question Authority" prop was made with wood type on a letterpress.

Geofferino's picture

Thanks for your help, I've found Futura LT Book Bold is a very good match for the text on the OBEY sign.

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