US SF film (maybe 80's). A guy starts work with a company in a new town. (Maybe he moves his family there.) He is working on a device that you look through and it will tell you if the object is non-human.

I forget the details, but in the end scenario, he points the device at his boss (I think) who looks like a (very attractive) woman but the device registers her as non-human. It's one of those "aliens among us" films, but I would sure like to know the title.

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    Are you thinking of They Live, wherein the hero picks up a pair of sunglasses that expose the aliens quietly ruling us all? Source of the single most famous quote in movie history.
    – gowenfawr
    Commented Aug 20, 2014 at 16:23
  • Nope, not They Live though that's a great film!
    – WillS
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 10:41

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You're probably thinking of Invitation to Hell (1984) starring Robert Urich and directed by Wes Craven.
The movie has everything you mentioned:
The beautiful villain is played by Susan Lucci
The scientist just moved his family to a seemingly perfect town.

Plot summary: It's about a scientist (Urich) who develops a space suit in the perfect town but there is something sinister going on down at the health spa.
The spacesuit can detect non human life among other things...

  • Wow brilliant you got it!!
    – WillS
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 10:43
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    @WillS: Great! I'm glad to help. Can you mark the question as correct?
    – djm
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 13:54

Sounds like They Live - the device was a pair of sunglasses. Here's a trailer, which makes the movie look worse than it is. Contains the classic Duke Nuke'em line:

"I've come to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum."

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