The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984) How The Blue Blazes Hadn’t I Seen This Before?

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First up please accept my deepest sincere apologies. Seriously how the blue blazes had I never seen The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension before I really have no clue! Yep that’s the title and yep it’s a wild ride. Big shout out going to the original card carrying Blue Blaze Irregulars member Todd over at Cinema Monolith. Thanks for giving me a gentle nudge with a tongue electrode.

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To be honest I always knew of The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension. Really how could you not have noticed that title? But shamefully I’d never seen it. I can’t answer why? So without further ado I got off my Big Boootay and loaded up this cult feature film ready for my viewing pleasure.  Here’s a summary of what went down on the journey through the 8th dimension!

Tagline – Your only hope is Buckaroo Banzai. Expect the unexpected. He does.

Let the madness prevail. Don’t worry for spoilers as if you haven’t seen it then whatever I write will make absolutely no sense whats so ever but if you have? I’m quite sure it will be crystal clear, well maybe!

The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984) Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow) and Professor Hikita (Robert Ito)

Right let’s go. Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow) and Professor Hikita (Robert Ito) are two brilliant scientists building a prototype oscillation overthruster in 1938. A device that, if it works, has the potential to breakthrough different dimensions in time and space. With a, let’s say a slight mishap, Dr Lizardo ends up in a home for the criminally insane. A place where he’s been living out his days entertaining himself with electronics. Happily insane! Until that is a news report comes on the television.

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The years had passed by right up to 1984. Dr Lizardo’s old partner Professor Hikita had continued the work on the overthruster. A speed test had been set for the souped up Ford F-350. This baby was kitted out to the max, it was a rocket on four wheels. The number plate summed it up, ROKIT 88. The professor just needed someone with the skills to drive this experimental beast.

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There was only one man to attempt something so ridiculously dangerous and that would be the brilliant neurosurgeon Dr Buckaroo Banzai. Buckaroo was no ordinary mere mortal, no sir. The maverick son of a Japanese father and American mother. Buckaroo wasn’t content with poking his fingers in the gooey mess of craniums. No he needed to be constantly learning. First he mastered the disciplines of martial arts from all around the world before moving onto the mysteries of particle physics. But no that wasn’t enough for our hero. To unwind, he was also a multi talented musician and leader of his own band, Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers.

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Buckaroo Banzai –I’ve been ionized, but I’m okay now.

With Buckaroo racing at unimaginable speeds across the salt lakes and an encounter with a mountain, this starts the catalysts to the ensuing adventure that lays ahead for us. Here are a few things to expect along the way. Right strap yourself in, here we go!

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A Watermelon, Alien Brain Ball? A Flugelhorn, Ellen Barkin’s Legs, Kamikaze, Jumping Rastafari, Bubble Wrap Masks, Monkey Boys, Jeff Goldblum as a Cowboy, Queen Of The Netherlands, Aliens all called John!, Katana Sword, Camel Toe Shoes, Cold War, Interdimensional Species and Christopher Lloyd called John Bigbooté.

President Widmark –Buckaroo, I don’t know what to say. Lectroids? Planet 10? Nuclear extortion? A girl named “John”?

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Lucky for Buckaroo his trusty band of brothers, New Jersey, Perfect Tommy, Rawhide and Reno Nevada are there to help him out. And if they get in a jam there’s also the underground loyal squad of guerilla fighters that have pledged their lives to helping Buckaroo save the world called the Blue Blaze Irregulars. Can they all stop the invasion and stop the possible destruction of the world before it’s too late? You gotta tune in to find out.

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I can’t imagine you will ever see a cast like this again.

  • Peter Weller is of course everyone’s favourite avenging mechanical police enforcer Robocop in the 80’s. He also did the weird sci-fi horror Screamers and starred in David Cronenberg’s cult movie Naked Lunch.
  • John Lithgow can go from playing the Bigfoot friendly Dad in Harry and the Hendersons to action bad guy giving Sly a hard time in Cliffhanger. Then turn out a creepy sinister part in debatably the best season of Dexter.
  • No point mentioning what the legends Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd have been up too.

The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984) Ellen Barkin sexy legs and mad man John Lithgow

  • Any chance director W.D. Richter had to get Ellen Barkin to show off her legs, that opportunity was taken and praise the lord. Miss Barkin can be found in my write up of Johnny Handsome where she starred alongside Mickey Rourke. She was also in 1989s Sea Of Love with Al Pacino.
  • Rosalind Cash pops in on the action. She is best known to me as the tough mannequin along side Charlton Heston in 1971s The Omega Man.
  • Vincent Schiavelli and Dan Hedaya lend their distinct faces to the “John” clan.
  • Clancy Brown is here looking his most handsome I’ve seen him! He’s known for the voice of Krusty The Krab from SpongeBob SquarePants and a million over voices not to mention films. All starting from the 1983 film Bad Boys.

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  • Buckaroo’s bestfriend Perfect Tommy is played by Lewis Smith. You might know him from Southern Comfort with Powers Booth.
  • In a small part you can see Jonathan Banks aka Mike Ehrmantraut from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. But he’s popped up all over the place. Gremlins, Stir Crazy and 48hrs to name a few classics.
  • Director W.D. Richter only made this and one other film in 1991 starring Peter Berg called Late For Dinner. Though he’s known for his screenwriting on two big classics. The science fiction horror Donald Sutherland version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and the Kurt Russell fantasy in Big Trouble In Little China.

I really adored this film. It’s incredibly good fun and actioned packed. It’s quirky, crazy and hits the bell on the top of the hammer tower with full power cult status. It might of taken me 35 years to get here but I’m pretty certain I will be watching it again soon. In the meantime I can’t wait to watch the sequel Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League as soon as I can, wait what? Nooooooooooooooooooooo

Now strap on your alien seeing bubble wrap glasses and pass through the 8th dimension over to Todd’s Review over at Cinema Monolith.

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Thanks for having a read. Been having trouble finding time to write posts recently but hope to be back in the swing of it properly soon.

Big love…. Mikey Wolf


Unearthly Stranger (1963) A British Sci-fi Gem With An Explosion Inside His Brain

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A spine-chilling sound resonates eerily through the cloudy skies. A man appears, panicked. Fear upon his face. Rain falls in the pitch black of night. Big Ben looms in the moody landscape. The man turns and runs. Down steep stairs, along cobbled lanes. By the River Thames he hurries through the puddles as beams of light from street lamps make ghostly lines and angles. London is asleep. The man is alone. He carries on to his destination. Bursting through the doors of his office, covered in a mix of sweat and rain, he grabs the tape recorder. Agitated and holding back hysteria, Dr. Mark Davidson (John Neville) looks us directly in the eyes and feverishly warns the world of the Unearthly Stranger.

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Dr. Mark Davidson – In a little while I expect to die. To be killed by… something… that you and I know is here? Visible yet moving unseen amongst us all each moment of the day and night. There were times when you thought I was insane BUT listen to this tape I beg you so you know what it is you have to fight!

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Forbidden World (1982) Sleazy Space Nooky And Hungry Mutant Monster Fun

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Bountiful boobies and softcore sex in space from the wonderful Roger Corman studios. Seriously what more could you want? Ok, ok, let’s throw in an Alien rip-off to add to the bonanza of mayhem. Get ready for a slice of sleazy science-fiction cult action fun and who really cares if it’s actually any good or not? Forbidden World is a sure-fire, it’s so bad it’s good space romp.

Tagline – The seed is planted… the nightmare grows

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Enemy Mine (1985) The Defiant Ones Battle It Out Like Hell In The Pacific

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Science fiction often finds the ability to tackle prejudice and racial discrimination through the medium of film. Brother From Another Planet tackled many race and slavery issues, District 9 had the theme of apartheid running throughout. Racial segregation swapped to species segregation. Even the X-Men series touched on prejudice with the oppression of mutants. It runs through many story lines from film to television and on the whole is played out thoughtfully with a deep underlying message. One of my favourite genres that tackles racist behaviour has been with the classic buddy movie trope. Like Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis battling it out in 1958s The Defiant Ones but lets flip it into space or something. Continue reading “Enemy Mine (1985) The Defiant Ones Battle It Out Like Hell In The Pacific”

Gattaca (1997) Only Genetic Perfection To Fly To The Stars

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The future is here. Eugenics will change the world! No more lottery on your unborn baby having some form of deformity, however minor. Or even lets say, a lesser intelligence! Why would you take a gamble on your child’s future? Why not have some genetic selection cross referenced to ensure the best quality hereditary traits are met. Why roll the dice with a high percentage of heart disease when a little tweaking of the DNA code could almost guarantee a piston like pump into old age. To be able to eradicate certain unthinkable horrific life changing disorders like Motor Neurone Disease before a child is even born. But wait! Then no Stephen Hawking or at least a different Stephen Hawking. Yeah I know, that is an extreme case. Continue reading “Gattaca (1997) Only Genetic Perfection To Fly To The Stars”

THX 1138 (1971) George Orwell Lucas Science Fiction Dystopian Future

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Oh I do love a good dystopian future portrayed in film. THX 1138 is one of my all time favourites. Having caught it sometime in the late 80’s. Randomly switching the telly on after returning from a night on the tiles. Oblivious to its director being that bearded guy who blew my mind with his spectacular space romp as a kid. Just sat, fuzzy headed on the sofa. Transfixed by this white claustrophobic contained city! What the hell was I watching? No internet to search out what this film with the baldies was. Lucky I did know two of the actors. Still it was some years before I got to watch it again and discover it was directed by George Lucas. Continue reading “THX 1138 (1971) George Orwell Lucas Science Fiction Dystopian Future”

Wolfman’s Hot Ladies Of Sci-Fi – Lieutenant Uhura

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Communications officer Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) not only could translate the language of thousands of different alien dialects, she also wore the most wonderful shortest skirts in the universe. Well she did have the most delectable thighs for it. And she drove this young wolf cub wild!

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Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969) Gerry Anderson Pulls Away The Strings

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The incredible had happened. The mindblowing discovery of a new planet in our solar system! How can that be? Hidden behind the sun, following our own Earth’s orbital pathway, was another celestial body. Always hidden. The year is 2069. With data being processed from a returning Sun Probe, the shock findings throw intrigued and mild panic through the European Space Exploration Council. EUROSEC’s director Jason Webb (Patrick Wymark) mind goes into overdrive. They need to urgently send a manned mission to the mysterious new planet immediately. Continue reading “Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969) Gerry Anderson Pulls Away The Strings”

Retroactive (1997) Blues Brothers Brother Baddie Belushi Battles Back In Time

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Wanted something pretty rubbish to add to my science fiction month of January. Something I hadn’t seen before. Retroactive popped up on a few lists. Umm what was I getting myself involved with? Well! Time travel on a dusty Texas dirt road with Jim Belushi looking more like Andrew Dice Clay. It’s a road movie with added murder, mayhem and a whole heap of bullets.

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